The Sunday New York Times briefly trained a national spotlight on Oregon's underfunded public pension fund and the impact that increased pension payments are having on government employers around the state, despite increased overall budgets. It's a seemingly perennial problem in Oregon, and has become a third rail of state, and in some cases, family politics. In the pantheon of poorly funded public pensions systems, Oregon's can't compare with the financial fires burning through public budgets in Kentucky, Connecticut, Illinois or New Jersey. Still, Oregon's deficit is large – about $22 billion – especially compared with the relatively small public payroll being taxed to dig out of the hole. Consequently, as The Oregonian/OregonLive has covered extensively and The Times story noted, required contributions from public employers are going way up, displacing cops, teachers, school days and every other form of public service around the state. One expert has called it "a moral … [Read more...] about National spotlight cast on PERS, Oregon’s perennial public pension problem
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Portland State University held a grand opening last week for its new athletics and events center, Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center. The $52.1 million building features a 3,000-seat arena that will host Vikings basketball and volleyball games, as well as concerts, graduation ceremonies and other public events. Fortis Construction served as project’s construction manager-general contractor. The building was designed by Woofter Architecture and Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs, which has since merged with Perkins+Will. The two-year project included construction of the new Viking Pavilion arena and the renovation of the existing Peter W. Stott Center, a 1960s-era facility that now houses the university’s athletics offices, a weight room, locker rooms, an OHSU Sports Medicine Center, and five classrooms. Extensive glazing on the building’s eastern facade opens the structure up to pedestrians on the South Park Blocks. The Viking Pavilion’s main concourse … [Read more...] about Photos: New athletics center opens at Portland State University
View Comments More News: Reynolds holds CEO candidate forums, Gresham-Barlow fills budget spots. About 25 organizations will gather at the nonprofit community center located at 16126 Southeast Stark Street on Portland's border with Gresham. Offerings include free health screenings, help enrolling in the Oregon Health Plan, light massages and acupuncture, as well as a raffle, free food and a puppet show for kids. There will also be rapid HIV tests, blood pressure checks, help with food stamp enrollment or renewal, depression, anxiety and PTSD screenings, and lead tests for children and pregnant women. The event honors Mental Health Awareness Month this May. Reynolds holds CEO candidate forums The final four candidates in the running to become the new superintendent of the Reynolds School District will meet the community in open forums at 10 a.m. on April 9, 10, 12 and 13 at Reynolds Edgefield Building A, Reynolds Professional Development Center, 2408 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. A … [Read more...] about BRIEFS: Rosewood Initiative plans Health Fair
View Comments A review by the Pamplin/EO Capital Bureau shows where winners bought their tickets and how they chose numbers. In the past five years, 24 tickets have won the Oregon's Game Megabucks grand prize. In some cases, winners had to share the $1 million or greater grand prize. People who bought tickets in Jackson County had the best luck, according to a review by the Pamplin/EO Capital Bureau of addresses where winning tickets were sold in the past five years. Quick Pick tickets – in which numbers are randomly generated by a computer at the store - were more likely to win than when players selected their own numbers. Only five out of 42 winners in the past five years had manually-selected numbers. Three were unknown, and the other 37 were Quick Pick tickets. A D V E R T I S I N G | Continue reading belowA majority of winners – 25 – bought tickets outside of the Portland metro area. Only 17 tickets in that five-year period were sold at stores in the Portland … [Read more...] about Where to win Oregon’s Game Megabucks?
Updated 2:21 am, Saturday, April 7, 2018 BEND, Ore. (AP) — New parents are often in awe over their first child, and that is certainly true for Andrew and Courtney Reeves. The Bend couple marvels at how much their son, Jon, looks like his father. They are amazed at how well he behaves on trips and how he sleeps through most nights. They have already taken their 5-month-old baby on family vacations to Utah and Hawaii. But Jon's presence is more a miracle than his good behavior. He was born through surrogacy, an arrangement in which a woman agrees to become pregnant and gives birth to a child for a couple, who will be the child's parents. The surrogate carries an embryo created in a laboratory using an egg and sperm from the child's parents. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Perp walk: Suspect executed man 'begging for his life' at S.A. home San Antonio Express-News Wife testifies in husband's sentence hearing San Antonio Express-News Tex. … [Read more...] about Oregon is fertile ground for surrogacy