A ballot is dropped off at the Washington County Elections Office in Beaverton, Ore. on Nov. 5, 2018.

A ballot is dropped off at the Washington County Elections Office in Beaverton, Ore. on Nov. 5, 2018.

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  • After Oregon lawmakers passed a gross receipts tax this spring, the industry group Oregon Manufacturers and Commerce said it would try to refer the issue to voters. Now, the group says that lawmakers’ actions at the end of the legislative session hamstrung its referral effort. OPB’s political reporter Dirk VanderHart fills us in, and we hear from Oregon Manufacturers and Commerce director Shaun Jillions.

 

  

  • A church in Medford bought $2 million of Oregonians’ medical debt. We speak to Dana Franchetti, a pastor from the church, and Jerry Ashton, the co-founder of an organization that buys and pays off people’s medical debt.

 

  

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