Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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The marijuana legalization measure Oregon voters passed last November says only the state can tax recreational cannabis. Twenty percent of that state tax revenue is earmarked for cities and counties. But a lot of local governments around the state say they need a bigger slice of that pie. Jackson County residents are voting next week on a measure to add a county tax on production and sales of both medical and recreational pot.

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Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation which would require workers who don't currently have a savings plan set up, to set aside money for retirement. House Bill 29-60 and Senate Bill-615 would create a Retirement Savings Board and a payroll deduction plan for workers in the State. Joyce DeMonnin says people are more likely to save money if it's deducted from their paychecks.

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The City of Eugene Thursday filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service Uber. The lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The city is seeking an injunction to stop the company from operating until it meets the city's minimum safety standards. This includes driver criminal background checks, proof of commercial auto insurance, and proof of vehicle maintenance inspections. The city also wants Uber to get a license to operate, similar to the ones taxis are required to have.

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The City of Eugene announced Friday it will move forward to buy Civic Stadium from the 4-J School District and sell it to a non-profit group committed to its restoration. According to the city manager’s office, Eugene Civic Alliance met the deadline to provide “assurances” that the $4.1 million dollars needed to purchase the defunct stadium has been raised.

7-year old Leo Rickard, a first grader at The Village School,   represented the generosity required by many when he presented his donation of 84 dollars to the cause.

State Representative  John Lively, Democrat of Springfield, speaks with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher about his agenda, the gubernatorial transition, and such legislative priorities as sick leave and the  state's minimum wage.

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The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality on Thursday. However, small internet service providers are still unsure what the decision means. The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality on Thursday. However, small internet service providers are still unsure what the decision means. KLCC's Corinne Boyer spoke with Peak Internet in Corvallis.
 

The Newport City Council set its goals Monday for the 2015-16 fiscal year. An all-day public meeting took Council members and department heads through a visioning process. The Council then prioritized a long list of possible goals.  Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel says the council placed a high priority on

Nebel:   “embarking in some sort of beautification effort for the City of Newport, both for our public spaces, our private properties, in order to put our best foot forward to our own residents as well as visitors to Newport “

Chris Lehman

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports from Salem.

Governor Kate Brown didn't have solid answers for many of the questions lobbed at her by the room full of reporters, saying she's still getting oriented. The Democrat ascended from Secretary of State to Governor when John Kitzhaber resigned this week amid a pair of criminal ethics investigations.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or O.S.C.E., is charged with monitoring the tenuous cease fire between government troops and Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.  Andrew Offenbacher, son of KLCC's Claude  Offenbacher, is one of three monitors from Eugene;  the others are Cliff Volpe and Jake Dineen.  From Kherson,  Ukraine, Andy spoke with Claude Monday, February16.

Tiffany Eckert

Following the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber today (Friday) KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert went in search of citizen opinion. She visited several businesses in downtown Eugene.

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