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Oregon coalition pushes lawmakers to command lower drug prices

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Health Care, News, Oregon  /  No Comments

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“We think this would chill innovation and remove the economic incentives to develop and deploy state-of-the-art therapies for Oregon patients,” Gardner said. “It would mandate revenue transfers that would have the effect of lining health insurers’ pockets with no requirement that the benefit be passed onto patients.”

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Are regulations crippling Oregon’s fledgling marijuana market?

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  News, Oregon, Regulations  /  No Comments

Oregon is rolling out its new recreational cannabis market, but pro-pot groups say state regulations are already choking producers and retailers.

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Flint water case offers new spin on state use of outside counsel

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  General, Michigan, Mississippi, National, News, Oregon, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has uncovered more than bureaucratic negligence and cover-up. Ensuing legal action has highlighted a case of an oft-used — and frequently abused — practice: outsourcing government legal work to private lawyers. Despite supporters’ claims that offloading work onto outside counsel might be more efficient and less expensive, there’s evidence […]

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San Antonio homes in on $250K Portland consultant

By   /  October 10, 2016  /  Colorado, News, Oregon, Texas  /  No Comments

Embarking on municipal housing initiatives, San Antonio officials are purchasing advice from an Oregon consultant promoting new waves of dense development with a random racial rant.

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Nanny State of the Week: You can’t be trusted to rent to your family

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, Oregon, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Part 92 of 116 in the series Nanny State of the Week Residents of Cannon Beach, Oregon, who rent out their homes to friends and family members who visit on vacation in the summer might want to prepare to pay more for the privilege. Property owners in the small resort town are learning that no amount of regulation […]

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Nanny State Of The Week: It’s nanny-on-nanny in Portland pot dispute

By   /  August 1, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, News, Oregon, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

Part 90 of 116 in the series Nanny State of the Week A major push for marijuana legalization across the country has led to a strange conflict between the traditionally left-wing legalization movement and another movement on the left: second-hand smoke crusaders. In a clash that legitimizes the geographic stereotype, Portland, Oregon, clean-air advocates have […]

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