Alina Harway

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The Inside Source: Featuring U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley!

On Wednesday, May 1, we are delighted to have U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley join us on the Inside Source, the onlive live and online show that connects you to Oregon's political insiders. We hope you'll join the conversation.

Visit The Sockeye Blog to learn more and get signed up!

 

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Check Out The New Sockeye Blog!

Our Oregon's Sockeye Blog has gotten bigger, better, and bolder. Check it out!

You can now find The Sockeye blog at: www.thesockeye.org

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Tax Breaks: Out of Control Growth

Here's a startling fact: Since 2009, the amount of money the state gives away in tax breaks -- many of which go to big corporations and the wealthy -- has increased by a whopping 29%. According to this year's projections, the state will give away $36 billion in tax breaks this budget cycle. That's a $3 billion increase from the previous budget cycle.

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Roe v. Wade Gave Us the Right to Choose-- and (some) Politicians Have Tried to Take it Away Ever Since

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs Wade court case decision, which ensured a woman’s right to choose.

But forty years after the decision-- forty years after improved and safer health services for women -- there are still many who would like to roll back or even overturn the rights guaranteed by the ruling.

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Tell me again why women make less than men?

Still think the gender wage gap exists because of societal reasons rather than discrimination? Think again.

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The Bright Side of Life

Let’s face it, the news today can be downright depressing. It’s important to remember that things aren’t all bad — in fact, there are some really great things happening around us all the time. Introducing, The Bright Side of Life!


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The visual costs of Higher Education

A few months ago, we examined the shifting costs of higher education in Oregon and around the nation. While we love to geek out on data and analysis, we are limited in the way we present the information -- namely with graphs and charts that come standard on Excel.

But check out this stunning visual representation of the crisis, as presented by The Week:

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Guess Where Oregon Spends More Money than Anywhere Else (Hint: It's not K-12 schools)

Last week, Scott wrote an article about the Governor's proposed budget. He chiefly noted advocates' disappointment that the proposal (at least, in its first iteration) does not address the $32 billion in tax giveaways that Oregon spends each budget cycle.

In response, one reader wrote:

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The Bright Side of Life

Let’s face it, the news today can be downright depressing. It’s important to remember that things aren’t all bad — in fact, there are some really great things happening around us all the time. Introducing, The Bright Side of Life!

Happy Friday, folks! Here are a few stories that brightened things up around the OO office this week:

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