Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, sits in the Senate chambers. Oregon state senators gather in the Senate chambers on Feb. 11, 2020 in Salem, Oregon.

Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, sits in the Senate chambers. Oregon state senators gather in the Senate chambers on Feb. 11, 2020 in Salem, Oregon.

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  • Oregonians got a clearer picture this week of what to expect from the economic slump caused by the pandemic. The state released its quarterly revenue forecast Wednesday, saying the economic downturn will be severe and “recovery will take years.” We dig into the forecast and discuss what it reveals and what questions still remain unanswered. Our guests are OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart and Oregon state senators Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton/Portland, and Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose. Steiner and Johnson are co-chairs of the legislature’s budget-writing committee.

 

  

  • Mary McLean didn’t expect to be on the frontlines of a global pandemic in the last year of her medical residency. McLean, who grew up in Portland and graduated from OHSU, is currently the chief resident of emergency medicine at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York. She says that while things are a lot better there than they were a few weeks ago, she’s bracing for the second wave of COVID-19. And she’s glad that Oregon seems to have learned from New York’s mistakes and avoided a major outbreak. We hear from McLean about what she’s experienced, and what the uncertain future looks like from her perspective.

 

  

  • Robert Holmes, owner of Bob’s Steak N’ Spirits in Nyssa, is happy to be back open after a long forced shutdown. But business in the 3,200-person Eastern Oregon town is still far from usual. We hear from Holmes about what it’s like to reopen in a pandemic, and how his restaurant will be impacted in the long term.

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