COMMENTS: Some question necessity of special session
This story, posted on The Outlook's website and Facebook page, reports that Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat running for reelection this year, said she'll call a special session sometime before the end of June to extend to owners of sole proprietorships the special tax rates passed in 2013 for owners of other small businesses. Some people are questioning the necessity of a special session, asking if Brown's motive has more to do with politics than policy. Here's what some readers have said in response:
COMMENT:Let me see if I have this right. The state institutes a crappy tax reform that absolutely hammers small businesses, then the governor wants to hold a "special session" to fix the self-created problem? Time for Kate to leave the governor's mansion. She is proving over and over again that she does not really care about Oregonians.
COMMENT:All the state government knows how to do is raise taxes. It's their solution to everything. You cannot tax anything into prosperity. The president gives businesses a tax break and Oregon says no we can't allow that. Kate Brown is a failure, as are the legislators that so called represent their constituents. Every one of them should be fired.
Jason C Blain
"Cochran Road bridge work to place another culvert"
This story, posted on The Outlook's website and Facebook page, reports on plans for a four-month street closure as workers build a bridge to replace the fish channel culvert that planners say hinders fish from moving upstream on Beaver Creek behind Mt. Hood Community College. Construction will cost at least $3 million, though that doesn't include the price of land acquisition. Here's what some readers have said in response:
COMMENT:This is why people are choosing to make passage out of state. People need to be able to make safe and efficient journeys in automobiles. This would be a great project to address as soon as real problems are solved to enhance livability of citizens.
COMMENT:And meanwhile, crime, homelessness and our decaying roads continue to get worse.
David R. Jothen