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A State of Immigrants: A New Look at The Immigrant Experience in Oregon

October 15, 2021

Since 1990, the population of foreign-born Oregon residents has grown 42%, to a current level of almost 10%, less than the national average of about 14%. Although we often call ourselves a nation of immigrants, our immigration policies seem to serve neither the established communities nor the newcomers very well. …

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The Aftermath of Great Loss: The Modoc People Persevere

October 8, 2021

The Modoc War, a conflict between the US government and the Modoc people, took place during 1872-73 in northern California near the Oregon border. The war was hard fought. The Modocs achieved initial victories despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned, but in the end the US army won. The surviving …

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Oregon’s “Excess Revenue”: Refund or Reinvest?

October 1, 2021

In Oregon, when the actual tax revenue for a biennium exceeds the forecasted revenue by 2% or more, individual and corporate taxpayers get a rebate, which Oregonians call a “kicker.” The kicker policy was adopted by voters first in 1980, and in 2000 it was placed in the state Constitution. …

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The Knight Campus: How the Growth of a Research Juggernaut Can Change the World…and Eugene

September 24, 2021

In 2016, Phil and Penny Knight donated $500 million – the largest gift ever given to a U.S. public flagship university at the time – to launch the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. As described by UO, the goal of the Campus is to “fast-track scientific …

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Flexible, Adaptable, Visible: The Future of Working from Home: The Next Normal Series

September 17, 2021

The abrupt closure of office workplaces was a visible and dramatic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, millions of people continue to work from home as our unexpected global experiment continues—and recent surveys show that neither the workforce nor company executives want to simply return to pre-pandemic routines. “The Next …

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Visions for Post-Pandemic Eugene: The Next Normal series

September 10, 2021

In recent months, thought leaders across the political spectrum and across industry/academia have begun to discuss the what some call “New Normal” of post-pandemic America, from public health and the impact of technology to the nature of the workforce and beyond. As Eugene and Lane County emerge from the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, City …

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Prescription: Nature. Can Time in the Great Outdoors Save Your Life?

July 30, 2021

Can an hour a day keep the doctor away? After a year in the great indoors, no one can deny the therapeutic benefits of nature and wide, open spaces. America’s national parks other public lands are reporting record numbers of visitors for a second year in a row—but what about …

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Who Cares for Kids? Lane County’s “Child Care Desert”

July 23, 2021

Recently, OSU published a new report titled, “Oregon Child Care Deserts 2020.” And as anyone looking for affordable care in Lane County knows: the news is not good. Lane County does not have enough child care spaces available for its infants and toddlers—qualifying our community as a “child care desert,” meaning …

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Defeating COVID: Vaccine Incentives from Coast to Coast

July 16, 2021

Free beer (or a glass of wine). Discounts on ice cream, donuts…or your favorite edibles. College scholarships for young people. Oh, and how about $1 million? These are just some of the incentives public and private sector actors are offering to encourage vaccination in Oregon and across the country. And …

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Oregon Legislative Wrap Up: What Got Done in the 2021 Long Session

July 9, 2021

At the end of June, the Oregon legislature adjourned after a productive session that began in January. Legislators survived more than the usual amount of drama while producing some remarkable outcomes for the people of Oregon. Choosing this year to stay and fight for their positions, two Republicans now face …

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