Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs

Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs

Three-fourths of private employers in Oregon offered one or more health, retirement, leave, pay, or other benefits to employees. Benefit offerings differed across industries, regions, and employer size classes in Oregon. These findings are based on a survey of more than 12,000 private employers conducted between June and August 2018, and published in the new report Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs.

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BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Ernest A. Conant director of the Mid-Pacific Region. Conant has nearly 40 years of water law experience and previously served as senior partner of Young Wooldridge, LLP.

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Rep. Reschke Announces Legislative Agenda

Rep. Reschke Announces Legislative Agenda

Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls), announced his agenda for 2019 Legislative Session after Swearing-in at opening ceremonies on the Oregon House Chamber Floor. "My goals are clear and simple, to represent the needs of this district and look for opportunities to expand Liberty to all Oregonians,” said Rep. Reschke.

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Walden Votes 'No' on Democrat Funding Bill, 'Yes' to Re-Opening Several Agencies

Walden Votes 'No' on Democrat Funding Bill, 'Yes' to Re-Opening Several Agencies

Washington D.C. - Consistent with his voting record on border security measures, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today voted against a Democratic short-term funding bill that lacked adequate resources to secure America’s borders and address illegal immigration.

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February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food security.

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$10,000 Scratch-it Win is 'Really Weird'

$10,000 Scratch-it Win is 'Really Weird'

Salem, Ore. – Marissa McGinnis had a different reaction when she realized she won $10,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

“It was really weird,” she said. “I have never won anything like that in my life. I kept asking if they were sure it was a winner.”

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Oregon Legislature Takes Aim at 2nd Amendment [UPDATED]

Oregon Legislature Takes Aim at 2nd Amendment [UPDATED]

Salem, Ore. – Today, Oregon’s legislators return to Salem to prepare for the 2019 session. In their email inboxes, they will find Oregonians have already begun to react to proposed firearms-related bills. House Republican Leader Carl Wilson minced no words after review of SB 501.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse this Sunday

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse this Sunday

The moon will turn red over the United States on Sunday night during the last total lunar eclipse of the decade.

A total lunar eclipse occurs during a full moon when the moon passes directly through the Earth’s shadow, causing it to turn rusty orange or dark red in color.

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Secretary Richardson Leads by Example on Financial Transparency

Secretary Richardson Leads by Example on Financial Transparency

SALEM, OR — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson adopted an administrative rule codifying his agency’s longstanding practice of posting all financial records online to ensure full transparency. The Financial Transparency Rule requires the Secretary of State’s office to continue posting monthly updates detailing all budget expenditures, along with anonymized payroll details. This is a best practice model for every state agency.

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Wyden Urges Treasury to Protect Taxpayers and Schedules Town Halls in 12 Counties

Wyden Urges Treasury to Protect Taxpayers and Schedules Town Halls in 12 Counties

IRS is operating with limited staff, which could cause refund delays and leave taxpayers vulnerable to identity theft during the 2019 filing season /// Senator’s open-to-all meetings will be in Benton, Linn, Clackamas, Polk, Wasco, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Multnomah, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties. [No town hall meetings are currently scheduled for Klamath County]

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Wolf Plan Revision to be Presented to Commission in March

Wolf Plan Revision to be Presented to Commission in March

SALEM, Ore.— After completing the last scheduled facilitated meeting with stakeholder representatives on Monday, Jan. 8, ODFW staff are working to finalize a revised Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. That Plan will be presented to the Commission at its March 15 meeting in Salem for final adoption.

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Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Wyden, Merkley Co-Sponsor Expanded Gun Background Check Bill

Washington, D.C. – Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week co-sponsored legislation that would expand federal background checks to all gun sales. The Background Check Expansion Act would fix federal law that unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm.

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SOS Richardson Audits Oregon Department of Education

SOS Richardson Audits Oregon Department of Education

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Portland Public Schools (PPS) must do more to evaluate costs and eliminate persistent barriers to student performance at struggling, high-poverty schools.

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Walden to Hold Town Hall in Klamath County, January 18th [VIDEO]

Walden to Hold Town Hall in Klamath County, January 18th [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced he will hold 16 town halls in January, with meetings in Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney, Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties. Full details on the town hall meetings are included below.

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Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Over 300 people attended a standing room only hearing on the Jordan Cove Energy Project at Klamath Community College Monday night. For two and a half hours, supporters and opponents of the project were able to voice opinions. The hearing was held as an opportunity for the public to specifically voice opinions on the removal-fill permit application. A process required by the State of Oregon for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project.

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173rd Fighter Wing Welcomes Deployed Airmen Home

173rd Fighter Wing Welcomes Deployed Airmen Home

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - The 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron welcomed home a team of 15 Airmen from a six-month deployment to Iraq, Jan. 4, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

A demobilization ceremony served to officially welcome back the Kingsley Field Airmen, after they provided radar approach and finals control at the busiest airfield in Iraq—Al Asad Air Base.

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Winter Storm Warning for NorCal, Winter Weather Advisory for SoOre

Winter Storm Warning for NorCal, Winter Weather Advisory for SoOre

Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with localized amounts up to 16 inches, are expected. Snow fall rates will increase again late this morning. Additional amounts of 6 to 10 inches, with localized amounts up to 14 inches, are expected.

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