First Five Debates Set for Oregon Gubernatorial Race

The first five debates for Oregon’s Gubernatorial race have been tentatively scheduled, beginning with the first one in Central Oregon. Governor Kate Brown and her Republican challenger, Knute Buehler, have accepted the following joint appearances.
A debate will be hosted by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association on July 20th in Central Oregon.
Children First for Oregon will host a debate in Portland in either late September or early October.
KOBI-NBC TVwill host an October 4th debate in Medford.
KGW-NBC TV will host a debate in Portland during the week of October 8th.
KATU-ABC and Portland State University will host a debate in Portland on October 15th.

Special Session in Salem

Governor Kate Brown thanked state lawmakers for following through on her promise to pass a tax relief plan, known as House Bill 4301, during a special session in Salem. However, some state lawmakers are questioning both the reasons for calling the special session and the methods used to get the bill passed in just one day. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

Gov. Brown Calls for Special Session on Tax Break

We’re learning more about a tax break being proposed by Governor Kate Brown, and it’s the reason why she has called a special session for later this month on May 21st.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the details.

Last week, the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) estimated that the proposed tax break would provide between 11 and 13 million dollars in tax breaks annually to about 12,000 businesses known as sole proprietors, or about four percent of the businesses in that category.

The LRO also found that more than 40 percent of the tax savings will go to sole proprietorship’s that make more than 500,000 dollars a year.

Under the current tax break proposal as it stands now, the tax rate on income from sole proprietorship’s would drop from nine percent to as low as seven percent.

Governor Kate Brown Signs Bill to Fund New Building at OSU Cascades

Governor Kate Brown was in Bend this week to sign a new house bill that will fully fund a new academic building on the OSU Cascades campus. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the signing.

OSU Cascades isn’t the only university receiving funding. As part of Governor Brown’s statewide investment package, additional facilities will also be funded at Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon.

Small Businesses React to Law that Eliminates Tax Break

How One Business Owner is Responding to the News

Small business owners across the state are weighing in on a new Oregon law that will eliminate a state tax break that they would have received in conjunction with the new federal tax reform. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how one local business owner is handling the news.

Governor Brown is calling for a special session this summer to try to extend the preferred tax rate that the state already offers more small business owners like Jennifer and it could happen as early as June.

Gov. Brown Eliminates Tax Break Created by Trump Tax Cuts

In what she is calling a tough decision, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has decided to sign a Senate bill that will eliminate a tax break for tens of thousands of businesses in Oregon. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joined us with details on today’s announcement.

During the press conference, Governor Kate Brown also called for a special session to look at extending the tax breaks for certain small business owners who are not included in the preferred tax rate offered by the state.
She is working with caucus leaders and presiding officers to make that special session happen in June.

Hands-On Learning For Students Looking For Careers Right Out of High School

Governor Kate Brown made a case Monday for increased education funding and a focus on technical education programs across the state. The governor said more apprenticeships and hands-on learning will help students learn skills needed for higher-paying jobs in industries like technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed visited one technical education class at Redmond High School and files this report.

Buehler’s Run for Governor: Part 1

Bend State Representative Dr. Knute Buehler is trying to become the first Republican to win an Oregon governor’s race in 30 years.
He announced his intention to run for the office last August, and since then, he has been traveling around the state meeting voters.

Buehler sat down for his first extensive broadcast interview since announcing his run with Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel and in part one they discuss how difficult this race could be for Buehler, a republican from the east side of the Cascades, who is taking on the incumbent democrat, current governor Kate Brown

Stay tuned for part two of Central Oregon Daily’s extensive interview with Buehler.

Republican Party Hopes for a Win in 2018 Election

The Republican party hasn’t won a governor’s race in Oregon since 1982. That’s why so much is at stake in the 2018 election between incumbent Kate Brown and the only current opponent from the Republican party, Bend, Oregon’s Knute Buehler.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at the upcoming race and what political analysts are saying about Buehler’s chances of breaking that 35-year-old streak.