Oregon legislators criticize healthcare vote, oversight group wants to delay Portland water treatment vote and another Oregon city is for sale.
Healthcare plan to repeal ACA moves forward. In a 51-50 vote, the Senate pushed forward its healthcare bill. Oregon representatives criticized the move on the unseen bill. Sen. Ron Wyden said Democrats will hold their colleagues accountable for the decision. Sen. Jeff Merkley called the vote “reckless.” The Oregonian has the story.
Public Utility Board tells Portland to slow down. The oversight group wants Portland to put off a decision on water treatment technology. The council is set to vote next week. OPB has more.
Another Oregon city for sale. This time it’s Millican, a 74-acre town in Central Oregon. The Bend Bulletin reports the city is yours for $1.5 million.
‘Projections don’t match aspirational goals.’ OB Editor Linda Baker sat down with the president of the Western States Petroleum Association to talk fossil fuel and climate change policy.
Need for better infrastructure, rules frame oil by rail discussion. OB’s Kim Moore reports calls in Oregon are growing for better oil train safety regulations and infrastructure as the state gains prominence as a gateway for transportation of crude oil destined for export overseas.
New climate association talks mission, struggles for businesses. I report on a climate alliance that recommends teaming up with other jurisdictions to form clean energy rules.
Metro may send trash to landfill anyway. Metro planned to burn Portland’s garbage to reduce carbon emissions. But a new health impact assessment found the benefits were minimal. The Portland Tribune reports the plan is now on hold.
Nike cuts salaries. In the wake of a revenue battle with Adidas, Nike chose to cut costs. Those costs were executive salaries. Hardest hit was Mark Parker, Nike CEO. His salary decreased from $47 million to $13.8 million. Read more from the Oregonian.