Grand Bargain Basement

Gov. Kitzhaber says he wants pension reform. But he’s running out of time and votes.


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Last month, Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to force two ancient enemies—public-employee unions and the Oregon Republican Party—to strike a “grand bargain” on pension reform and taxes. He fail   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Making It Up As They Go

As Kitzhaber pushes the CRC, the plan to pay for it is both fact and fantasy.


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The Columbia River Crossing project is on a fast track in Salem, sent racing toward approval by its biggest backer, Gov. John Kitzhaber. The governor—pushing a complex project with gaping fi   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Insuring Inefficiency

Kitzhaber nixes universities’ hopes of cutting health costs.


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Oregon’s seven state universities have been clamoring for years for more independence from bureaucratic state regulations. As taxpayer support for them has waned, Oregon University System offici   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sneaker Politics

What it means that Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike.


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The state’s most powerful business leaders—if they were listening closely—might have heard the clues from Gov. John Kitzhaber only two weeks ago about his secret talks to give Nike a sweethe   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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