Hill 2 Hall June 28-July 2
Monday June 28 – A recent PSU report estimates the cost of evictions in Oregon in billions
Portland State University Homelessness research and action collaboration (HRAC) issued a report estimating that more than 125,000 Oregon households are at risk of eviction when the federal moratorium on evictions expires this month, costing taxpayers up to $ 4.7 billion. The collaborative used The data compiled from records of emergency medical services, child protection and juvenile justice services and institutions such as emergency shelters. The number of households eligible for rental assistance in time to avoid eviction is unclear. “If we are to be truly responsible, we need to allow everyone to stay at home while we determine how many of them still need rental assistance and whether they can access it,” said Marisa Zapata. , Director of HRAC and Associate Professor of PSU Use Planning.
Tuesday, June 29 – Despite promises, Oregon again grants tax breaks to lumber industry
Like the 2020–21 legislative session ended in late June, Oregon state lawmakers removed remaining mandatory $ 15 million annual harvest tax, which is levied against the lumber industry in exchange for cutting down Oregon’s forests. This action dumped $ 9 million in annual revenue for the state, which goes to state enforcement by Oregon forestry regulations and laws by the Forestry Department, and provides funding to Oregon State University forestry research. “The tax cut came in the final days of the session after the Senate failed to pass a separate measure, approved by the House of Representatives, that sought to overhaul the Oregon Forest Resources Institute,” OPB reported. OPB and Oregonian found that in an August 2020 investigation through ProPublica, the Institute is widely regarded as a lobbying arm for the lumber industry. The dispute between the Oregon House and the Senate has led logging companies, which include Wall Street investors who are currently Oregon’s largest private forest owners, to see a low tax burden further lowered.
Wednesday, June 30 – Oregon Rep expelled Nearman is GOP’s first replacement choice
Recently deleted in the Oregon state legislature, former Rep. Mike Nearman is the Republican Party’s first choice to replace himself, despite several crimeinal charges for his assistance in the criminal violation of the state capital of Oregon by far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists. Nearman received the most votes among members of the local Republican caucus who gathered on June 25 to choose new candidates for the Oregon House seat in District 23. Representative, ”Nearman declared in an article on his far-right website called Northwest Observer. Nearman receiving the most votes doesn’t guarantee his return to Salem–and the decision rests with the county commissioners for Benton, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
Thursday, July 1 – More than one in 10 jobs in Oregon will now pay higher wages
According to an Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) report, more than 200,000 jobs – estimated at more than one in ten jobs in total in the state – will have to pay more employees from July 1, 2021, after the entry into force of a minimum wage increase. Minimum wage workers across Oregon are hit: workers in urban counties will receive a 75-cent-per-hour raise, while rural workers will receive a 50-cent wage increase. Oregon’s minimum wage varies, by region, resulting in Law of 2016 setting up a 3-tier structure: Metro Portland is going to $ 14 an hour, $ 12 in rural areas, and $ 12.75 in the rest of Oregon. The current federal minimum wage is $ 7.25 and has not increased for over a decade. A full-time worker at the federal minimum wage today earn less that its counterpart was earning at the time of the last increase, in 2009, after adjusting for the cost of living. “While this increase is good news for low-wage workers in Oregon, it falls short of what workers need to make ends meet,” the OCPP report said.
Friday, July 2 – Trump Org. Longtime CFO Weisselberg charged with at least 15 crimes
Former US President Donald Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, was accused by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. with (at least) 15 counts of felony, including tax evasion, while longtime Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg went to the authorities on July 1. plead not guilty upon arraignment. Trump himself was not named in the complaint, however experts say the decision to indict Weisselberg is in the hope that he will “backfire” on the twice indicted former president. The composed grand jury is expected to continue to preponderate the evidence until November of this year, at the earliest. “It was a 15-year tax fraud scheme. It was orchestrated by the highest [Trump Org.] executives, ” mentionned Carey Dunn, general counsel for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, at arraignment. The charges arise directly from the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winner special investigation report, who uncovered decades of financial crime and tax schemes.