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From the Desk of Representative Ed Diehl – End of Session Recap

Written on Apr. 27th, 2024

Jamie and I ended our first short session – what a whirlwind!  For a five-week session that is intended to make budget adjustments and minor legislative ‘fixes’, we had much, much more on our plate.

It is an honor to serve House District 17.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with questions or concerns.

And as always, Iâ…

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Decision 2024: Salem’s Economic future at the Forefront of City Elections

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Apr. 26th, 2024

As Salem gears up for its city council and mayoral elections on May 21st, the business community will see significant distinctions between the candidates on key economic issues. The spotlight has particularly fallen on the contentious payroll tax proposal of 2023, which has become a dividing line for how the candidates each approach taxes and their overall philosophy of governance.

Last summer, by a vote of 5 to 4, the Mayor and City Council approved a payroll tax on Salem workers. The proponents of the tax argued that the city needed more revenue to cover increased city spending. The tax would have cost the average worker $500 per year. Knowing it would likely be defeated at the ballot box, the Mayor and Council defeated an effort by …

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Salem Business & Political Roundtable: Rethinking State Housing Strategies with a Focus on Human Dignity

Written by Promise King on Mar. 20th, 2024

The recent legislative endeavors to address Oregon's housing crisis are marked by an influx of financial investment and nods to cultural initiatives but lack meaningful substance. Many of these proposals overlook innovative approaches to housing affordability and miss crucial opportunities for investments in construction workforce training - a pivotal fac

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Salinas Talks Immigration, Farm Bill, and More at Salem Forum

Written by George Plaven on Mar. 19th, 2024

In a closely divided Congress with razor-thin majorities in both chambers, U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas (D-Ore.) emphasized the need for bipartisanship to deliver results on the country’s most pressing issues - including immigration, border security, and passing a new Farm Bill that provides a greater safety net for agricultural producers reeling from nat

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Enhancing Transparency and Consumer Protection in Real Estate: Analyzing House Bill 4058

Written by Chris Christiansen on Mar. 14th, 2024

In a significant move towards transparency and consumer protection in the real estate sector, the House Committee on Housing and Homelessness voted in favor (4-0, 1 Excused) of House Bill 4058 on Thursday, February 22nd. This bill, which originated from the REALTORS® association, aims to address key concerns within the industry, merging elements from the

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Capital for a Capitol Host City Gains Momentum

Written by Rick Metsger on Mar. 7th, 2024

The economic and social impacts of having a state capitol located in your city has long been a discussion topic of elected officials and local municipalities. Faced with a significant budget shortfall in the years ahead, the City of Salem is exploring all options to fill a funding gap estimated to be at least $14 million in the next fiscal year, and escal

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Governor Unveils Ambitious Housing Production Bill

Written by Rick Metsger on Feb. 8th, 2024

Ambitious, comprehensive, complicated. Three words that define Gov. Tina Kotek’s effort this legislative session to help address Oregon’s decade-long failure to meet housing goals critical to Oregon’s societal and economic future.

The second-year governor has made it clear from day one of her term that moving the housing debate from conversation to …

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Legislators Unveil Plan to Fight Addiction

Written by George Plaven on Feb. 8th, 2024

Oregon lawmakers are homing in on a set of proposals to combat the state’s drug addiction crisis, including expanding access to treatment and reimposing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of hard drugs.

The Legislature will consider House Bill 4002 during this year’s short session beginning Feb. 5. A framework for the bill was unveiled pu…

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What is Happening in the Legislature and What to Know About the Process

Written by Promise King on Feb. 8th, 2024

Business & Political Roundtable 

It seems "bipartisanship" long suppressed by zealous partisan hacks, is on the agenda in this short legislative session. 

Senate Minority and Majority leaders Tim Knopp and Rob Wagner seem locked in a unison dance about the prospect of a session buffeted by bipartisan considerations.  I'd hold my applause…

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