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Measure 97's Failure Leaves Oregon Facing A Big Budget Deficit

OPB | Nov. 9, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Portland

Measure 97 lost big. So instead of having an extra $6 billion over the next two year budget cycle, Oregon leaders must solve a $1.4 billion deficit.

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Voters Render Split Decisions On Washington Ballot Measures

Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Washington state voters said "yes" to a higher minimum wage, said "no" to what would have been a history-making state carbon tax and rendered a split decision on several campaign finance reform ideas in Tuesday's general election.

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Tigard Voters Saying Yes To Light Rail Plan

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:45 p.m. | Portland

An expansion to the Portland metro area's light rail system is getting the green light for its route through the city of Tigard.

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Vancouver Passing Affordable Housing Levy

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:30 p.m. | Portland

Voters in Vancouver, Washington, were passing a property tax levy that would fund affordable housing in the city.

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Portland Voters Pass Affordable Housing Measure

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Portland voters have passed a $258 million housing bond that will raise property taxes to fund 1,300 units of affordable housing.

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Oregon Voters Reject Tax-Raising Measure 97

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Measure 97 would have imposed a new tax on businesses that do more than $25 million in annual Oregon sales. It would have been the largest tax increase in state history — and has been the costliest measure campaign.   

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Oregon Voters Approve Most Measures Other Than 97

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters  gave their approval to an array of statewide ballot measures dealing with issues that ranged from veterans' services and vocational education to wildlife trafficking.

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Oregon Tensely Awaits The Outcome Of Measure 97

AP | Nov. 8, 2016 11:03 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Tens of millions of dollars were thrown into the battle over Measure 97 by both sides, with the "no" campaign largely funded by mostly out-of-state corporations.

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Corporate Tax Increase Dominates Headlines, But Oregon Voters Weigh 6 Other Measures

AP | Nov. 8, 2016 10:53 a.m. | Portland

A ballot measure that would tax Oregon businesses with $25 million or more in sales has grabbed headlines this campaign season, but voters in the state also are weighing in Tuesday on an array of other issues.

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OPB Politics Now: Measure 97 Analysis And Listener Questions

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 4:10 p.m.

OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes and News Director Anna Griffin join host Geoff Norcross to dig into the substance of the controversial corporate tax measure.

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Measure 99 Would Tap Economic Fund To Expand Outdoor School

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 3:26 p.m. | Portland

Supporters say Measure 99 would provide a valuable educational experience to thousands of Oregon students. Critics say it would reduce limited money meant for economic development.

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Measure 97 Campaign Hits $40 Million Mark After Last-Minute Contributions

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 9:46 a.m. | Portland

The fight over the Measure 97 corporate tax initiative passes $40 million mark, and other Oregon campaign money disclosures from the last week of Election 2016.

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Measure 98: Cure For Oregon's Dropout Problem Or 'Unfunded Mandate'?

OPB | Oct. 31, 2016 12:59 p.m. | Portland

Measure 98 would dedicate $147 million a year to high school programs. It would draw money from Oregon's general fund. Backers say there's plenty of money to do it, but others aren't so sure.

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Should Multnomah County Appoint Or Elect Its Sheriff?

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Portland

Multnomah County’s sheriff has been elected since the county incorporated in 1854. But years of scandal in the sheriff's office have some questioning whether that system is worth preserving.   

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A Conversation About Portland's $258 Million Housing Bond

OPB | Oct. 26, 2016 9:53 a.m. | Portland

Portland voters will consider a $258 million bond measure this fall that would be used to create more affordable housing.

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Oregon Weighs Whether All Kids Should Get Outdoor School

AP | Oct. 26, 2016 7:38 a.m. | Mount Hood National Forest

Backers of a statewide ballot measure want to use a slice of lottery proceeds to guarantee a week of Outdoor School for all children.

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Kate Brown Takes A Cautious Path To Endorsing Measure 97

OPB | Oct. 26, 2016 7:12 a.m.

Gov. Kate Brown's endorsement of Measure 97 was not a surprise, but she took her time getting there.

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Oregon Election 2016: Ballot Quick Look

OPB | Oct. 25, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Use our reference guide to get a better understanding of some of the measures and races on your Oregon ballot.

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Senior Care Company Investigated After Urging Residents To Vote No On Measure 97

OPB | Oct. 24, 2016 2:47 p.m.

State officials are investigating a senior care company that sent a letter to its residents in Oregon urging them to oppose ballot measure 97.

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What's The Most Expensive Political Battle In Oregon? Measure 97

AP | Oct. 23, 2016 9:18 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

A campaign in Oregon is being bitterly fought, with vast sums spent by both sides on TV and other ads, even more money than for the governor's race. The battle is over Measure 97, a proposed tax on companies with more than $25 million in sales in Oregon.