The extremely controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) enacted by SB 324 is arguably the most egregious of all the anti-business and anti-consumer laws passed. This law serves to raise the costs of energy for businesses and families, while making no measurable impact on global carbon emissions and failing to provide a single penny for much-needed road infrastructure improvements anywhere in Oregon. The only beneficiaries will be many of the out-of-state green energy corporations who helped sponsor the bill. We asked the DEQ representative how much of Oregon’s carbon output results from forest fires. His reply was it is not counted at all was mind-numbing! The public health impacts of such fires are severe and readily apparent. The reality is that many of the catastrophic wildfires that happen every year could be easily prevented through sound, science-based forest management practices. As a state, we are running the long-term risk of losing our fire insurance coverage. We came very close this year, even following huge increases in the insurance premium. If that happens, Oregon taxpayers and landowners will have to the bear the full cost of fighting these fires. That will divert resources from schools, public safety and other essential government functions. Catastrophic wildfires are bad for the environment. They are second only to volcanoes in the global emissions of greenhouse gases. They kill and horribly maim wild animals and poison and kill fish. Contamination with toxic ash and increased erosion of stream beds ensure many years of seriously degraded fish habitat. It is more important than ever that we put people back to work in our forests to do the kinds of preventative maintenance that is needed to keep them healthy and thriving. Sustainable forest harvest is symbiotic. It provides jobs and building materials while improving forest health. It ensures healthy forests for recreation that brings tourists from all over the world to share the scenic beauty that we have been blessed with. www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/clea….html #oregon#portland#milwaukie#orpol#orleg#orcot#clackamas#multnomah#forestfires#LCFS#timmcmenamin#stumptown
PORTLAND, Ore. -A new law enacted by the Oregon Legislature that takes effect Saturday will change the way auto insurance claims involving injuries and uninsured drivers are paid by insurers. SB 411 Increases Motor Vehicle Insurance by $55 per year. SB 411 changes requirements for two insurance policy types: Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM). Drivers in Oregon are required by law to carry at least minimum limits of both policy types, in addition to Liability insurance. (Drivers in Washington, Idaho and California are only required to have Liability insurance – the other coverages are optional.) Under the new law, the benefit period for payment of PIP benefits has doubled from one year to two. www.ktvz.com/news/New-Ore-law-likely-to-boost-car-…82952 #oregon#portland#pdx#milwaukie#oakgrove#clackamas#multnomah#orpol#orleg#orcot#pulpportland#timmcmenamin
Add this to the already 5,000 jobs lost this year in the Portland-Metro area will make the ripple effects come this
Christmas season not so merry. NEWBERG, Ore. — For more than 100 years the paper mill in Newberg has provided jobs and operated as a staple in the community. But come next month, things are changing.”We’re going from a very good job to having no jobs at all,” said Scott Mead. He has worked at the paper mill, running the boilers, for more than 20 years.
Mead said he received word on Thursday that the paper mill would shut down indefinitely at the middle of November. The move will leave roughly 210 workers without jobs right before the holidays. We can thank Our Oregon Legislature for their Anti-Business Legislation this last session. What will it take for You to VOTE for a change?? www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/10/19/newberg-mi…14014 #oregon#portland#orcot#orleg#orpol#ordems#pdx#porlandia#grimm#multnomah#clackamas#McMenaminsLife.com
SALEM — A powerful union-led coalition said Monday that it’s lining up a second ballot measure to raise Oregon’s minimum wage — this one to $13.50 an hour — in hopes of sparking action by state lawmakers. In a press conference at the Capitol, leaders of the Raise the Wage coalition drew a line in the sand, calling on the Legislature to pass a $13.50 minimum wage in the 2016 session or watch voters do it for them the following November. This month, the Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the minimum wage won’t rise in 2016. Oregon has the second highest minimum wage in the country at $9.25, behind Washington at $9.47. The federal minimum is $7.25. www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/09/unio…river #Oregon#Portland#PDX#orcot#orleg#orpol#OregonWage#MinimumWage#BOLI#UFCW