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Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the 2011 Legislative session June 30. If there was anything memorable in it for working people, it was that lawmakers finally cut corporate tax breaks down to size … except when they were giving out new ones. It was also the year that the Oregon Legislature gave state agencies a new aspirational goal: Lay off managers, not just front-line state employees. In a state with 9.6 percent unemployment, the closest lawmakers got to passing a jobs bill was a pilot project that will employ some workers on energy efficiency retrofits of public schools, or maybe the new law removing procedural roadblocks to pipelines and other “linear” construction projects.
Portland voters rejected a six-year $548 million bond measure repairing and remodeling schools.
Among state agencies of concern to labor – BOLI, LERC, ERB – the scenario is belt-tightening but no disabling cuts.
He joins ILWU’s Bruce Holte and AFSCME’s Ken Allen on the nine-member body.
Local union groups are supporting two Portland Public Schools property tax measures and several school board candidates.
Union member (and state rep) Brad Witt is considering a primary challenge to Congressman David Wu.
A circuit court judge has ruled against anti-union ballot measure sponsor Bill Sizemore in his lawsuit against people who called him a “racketeer.”
Oregonians would rather see some taxes increased than watch wholesale cuts to education, public safety and social services. But Republicans are calling for further tax cuts.
A teary-eyed U.S. Rep. David Wu thanked labor for standing with him, and announced his opposition to the Korean Free Trade Agreement.
Two bills signed March 24 will extend unemployment benefits to Oregonians still looking for work.