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Norway, Oregon’s Bottle Bill and Plastic Recycling

September 1, 2018

CFM State Affairs Team China’s refusal to keep buying US-sourced recyclable materials and the mounting threat of plastic pollution in the ocean have redirected attention to schemes such as beverage container redemption, in which Oregon has been a leader. The HuffPost headline was breathless: “Norway has radical approach to plastic pollution and it’s working.” The radical approach:…

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“I Don’t Give a (Bleep) About Akron!”

September 1, 2018

by Charles Marohn Last year I moderated a panel of suburban mall developers as part of an economic forum at New York University. It was a spirited conversation among some heavy hitters, including a few well-capitalized investors whose opinions directly shape communities around the country. Needless to say, this was a high-testosterone affair. A couple…

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STEAM Hub a natural fit for new director

August 1, 2018

New STEAM Hub director ready to cultivate learning in Douglas County With more than 20 years of experience as a STEM teacher and scientist, our new Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub director is ready to launch local efforts to expand students’ career-mindedness to new heights. Dr. Karl Topper is joining Douglas County Partners for Student Success…

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Association of O&C Counties Express Support for Changes to Endangered Species Act

August 1, 2018

July 19, 2018 Press Release The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) expressed support for several regulatory changes proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by those agencies.  The agencies released information about the proposed changes today in a press release as…

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A Letter to POTUS on Infrastructure

August 1, 2018

December 11, 2017 by Charles Marohn During the presidential transition that took place at the beginning of this year, I was asked to provide my thoughts on how a Trump administration should prioritize what was anticipated to be up to a trillion dollars in infrastructure spending. It was an honor — and a testament to how large…

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Love the forest; love the people

August 1, 2018

Paul Barnum Executive Director, Retired I love Oregon’s forests of all kinds – from freshly planted to majestic old growth – but the biggest attraction for me has always been the people. Growing up in eastern Oregon, I spent many summers working in agriculture: bucking hay, driving pea trucks and pea combines, operating a grain…

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2018

August 1, 2018

June 18, 2019 Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in the top nine state-level minimum wages in the nation. The highest minimum wage will be in the District of Columbia ($14.00), followed by Massachusetts and Washington ($12.00); Colorado and New York ($11.10); and Arizona, California, and Maine ($11.00). The federal minimum wage will remain at…

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The Results Are In: How Your Parents Impacted Your Career Path

July 17, 2018

by Refresh Leadership on September 7, 2018 in Surveys, Polls, and Infographics In August, we asked readers how much influence their parent(s)/guardian(s) had on their career paths, and with 36% of the votes, “my parent/guardian had no influence on my career path” was the top choice, followed by “My parent/guardian encouraged me to achieve a four-year college degree or higher”…

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Parking: Where we embrace socialism in the US

July 17, 2018

By Joe Cortright  17.7.2018    How we embrace socialism for car storage in the public right of way Comrades, rejoice:  In the face of the counter-revolutionary neo-liberal onslaught, there’s at least one arena where the people’s inalienable rights reign supreme:  parking. Fear not, comrade sister: you will not have to search for a parking space in our…

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Unemployment Rates for Oregon’s Youth – Lowest on Record

July 17, 2018

July 16, 2018 by Felicia Bechtoldt Oregon added hundreds of thousands of new jobs while recovering from the Great Recession and the unemployment rate declined to a record low in 2017. In these economic conditions, even teenagers and young adults are finding jobs. Unemployment rates for Oregon youth increased drastically during the recession and are…

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