How Oregon's minimum wage law will impact university budgets

Oregon is the first state in the nation to require a higher minimum in cities than in more rural areas. Employers in areas within Portland's urban growth boundary will have to pay a minimum of $9.75 beginning July 1, 2016, and growing to $14.75 on July 1, 2022. Employers in medium-density counties will have to pay a minimum of $9.75 on July 1, 2016, growing to $13.50 on July 1, 2022.

Audit finds $420,363 in UI benefits were improperly paid to people in jail

Yesterday the State Auditor's Office (SAO) released an audit that identified people who received unemployment insurance (UI) benefits while in jail (and thus likely ineligible for UI benefits). The audit covers the period of July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, and it looked at just eight jails (of 57). Still, it found 1,911 potential overpayments worth $655,736.

New brief: Supplemental Maintenance Level Changes Are Driven By the Health Care Authority

Health Care Authority (HCA) maintenance level increases make up the vast majority of all maintenance level changes in the 2016 supplemental operating budget proposals. If adopted, HCA maintenance level changes would increase spending by $159.1 million. We take a look at the issue in a new policy brief.


Budget negotiations and constraints

In yesterday's episode of Inside Olympia, Austin Jenkins talked with Rep. Hans Dunshee, chair of the Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Bruce Dammeier, vice chair of the Ways & Means Committee, about the budget.

Chair Dunshee talked a lot about his dislike of the four-year balanced budget requirement (from minute 10:03):

Policy Today podcast: House and Senate supplemental budgets

Today we're talking about the two supplemental budget proposals in the state Legislature, from the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Olympian on the budget

The Olympian editorial board writes about the supplemental operating budget. I think the way they frame the education differences between the House and Senate proposals is a bit odd:

A really big ship and the future of our ports

Mike Moore of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association has an interesting op-ed in the Seattle Times. As many news outlets have reported, the largest container ship to ever come to a Washington port arrived in Seattle yesterday. Moore writes,

New Special Report: Rent Control

We have a new Special Report on rent control, which is available here. Briefly, rent control in a city:

New brief: Senate-Passed Supplemental Operating Budget Would Modestly Increase Spending Within Existing Revenues

On Friday, the Senate passed a 2016 supplemental operating budget proposal. We describe the proposal in a new policy brief. Briefly,

New brief: House-Passed Supplemental Operating Budget Would Increase Spending, Increase Taxes, and Tap the Rainy Day Fund

The House passed a 2016 supplemental operating budget last night. In a new policy brief, we take a look at the House-passed proposal. Briefly: