We can thank Measures 66 & 67 for this year’s plumment in our state’s business climate. From the Oregon House Republicans: “In Chief Executive’s annual survey of best and worst states for business, conducted in late January of this year, 651 CEOs across the U.S. again gave Texas top honors, closely followed by North Carolina, […]
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- Editorial: Clean Fuels Standard a Trust Buster that Needs a Veto March 6, 2015In her inaugural speech last month, Gov. Kate Brown emphasized again and again the need to restore public trust in government. To that end, she said, “we must seize this moment to work across party lines.” Yet now, according to her office, she’s poised to sign a bill that embodies hyperpartisanship. The post Editorial: Clean Fuels Standard […]
- We Won! Clean Air and Fuel Choices for Oregonians March 6, 2015The post We Won! Clean Air and Fuel Choices for Oregonians appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- ‘Gloves Off’ Debate over Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard Highlights Divide March 6, 2015The final vote on Senate Bill 324 was the culmination of one of the most divisive debates at the Capitol in memory, with Democratic supporters and Republican opponents clashing in a gloves-off debate on the House floor that lasted more than five hours. The post ‘Gloves Off’ Debate over Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard Highlights Divide appeared first […]
- Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Ukraine, Finland March 6, 20151) US-backed rebel group, Hazzm, dissolved after targeted attacks by al-Nursa Front. The Hazzm movement was supposed to target ISIS with U.S. training and weapons. The terrorist organization claims to have captured all of the group’s supplies from America. In the past, al-Nursa aligned itself with Al Qaeda, but recent reports say the smaller organization plans to […]
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- Every Kind of Fail March 6, 2015Does Miami need a light-rail line? In 1988, the Florida city built the Metromover, a 4.4-mile automated system that cost twice as much as projected and carried less than half the projected riders. Although Wikipedia claims this is a great success, the National Transit Database reports that it carried less than 31,000 riders per day […]
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