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Business: Bend, famously among local nerds, recently and finally expanded its Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), which slightly increased the boundaries within which people can develop urban-style housing and employment uses. The first property to be annexed into the city, the next step in the process, will be located in the far western portion of the new UGB. The new development, called Discovery West, will be spearheaded by acclaimed NorthWest Crossing developer Brooks Resources.
Law: Who owns the seal of the State of Oregon, the people of Oregon or our state government (which, to put things politely, has an expansive view of what it owns or should own)? Well, some legislators want to require anyone using the seal for commercial purposes, for example on blankets, ties, or socks, to pay the state a license fee. Better to leave the seal in the public domain, like the U.S. flag, for the surely dozens of people – all of whom presumably work in the state capitol building – who are in the market for products adorned by the seal of the State of Oregon.
Politics: Speaking of our state government’s voracious appetite for your stuff,Governor Kate Brown wants to cap taxpayers’ kicker rebate at $1,000. Without that change, higher-income Oregonians would receive significantly larger kicker rebates, because, well, they pay a lot more in taxes under Oregon’s progressive income tax. The kicker is, somewhat quaintly as it turns out, based on the idea that the money Oregonians make is theirs and if the state has more revenue than it planned, we get it back. The Governor’s plan upends this approach, and if approved would destroy one of the only mechanisms (somewhat) limiting the expansion of government and its desperate quest to substitute its spending preferences for our own.
Et cetera: It used to be big news when a national publication like the New York Times ran a story about Bend. Not so much any more, but it’s still kind of fun to see an outsider’s perspective on what to do with 36 hours in Bend. Coincidentally, I met one New Yorker the same day this story came out who used part of his time in Bend to stop by my office looking for help with a power of attorney to sell his house back there to move out here.
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