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Business: Businesses with sales in Oregon exceeding $1 million will, beginning in 2020, pay to the state a “corporate activity tax” which BBR veterans will know taxes not just corporations but human beings generally. Setting aside the blatant dishonesty of the name of the tax, the Oregon Department of Revenue is still trying to figure out how, exactly, to implement the tax. To that end, Department staff are travelling the state to solicit input from dismayed and confused business owners. It’s like when you go in for a colonoscopy and the doctor politely and in sanitized terms describes what he’s going to do to you, and then asks, “How does that sound?”
Law: The fact that in 2019 some idiots still commit crimes against others based on race is a stain on America. The seriousness of those crimes, which play as much a role in tearing our country apart as anything, requires that any allegation be taken seriously. Which is why it’s inexcusable to say you’re a victim of such a crime when you’re not, as a Portland man apparently did recently when he said he was stabbed and his car was painted with swastikas outside Bend. This kind of thing only gives the idiots room to avoid the reality that these kinds of crimes really do happen.
Politics: The biggest thing cooking in local Bend politics these days is the possibility of the city referring to voters a property tax increase to pay for transportation improvements. It’s doing this because 43% of Bend voters want the city to focus on transportation improvements (see page 10 of link) and 88% think traffic congestion is bad (page 11 of the same link). Where things will get interesting is how much of the funds from the tax the city plans to use for bike and pedestrian improvements, which only eight percent (8%) of voters think will help fix congestion (page 12 of the link), vs. 53% who want wider roads and improved intersections. Keep that in mind when the project list comes out – there’s likely to be a lot more bike and pedestrian funding than what you’d expect based on the survey because the relatively small number of folks who prefer those projects tend to be quite vocal and politically mobilized.
Et cetera: I spent last night at the Robert Plant concert at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, where he observed on more than one occasion that it was “[bleep]ing cold!” And it was, but that didn’t stop him and his band from partaking in some nice renditions of Zeppelin songs including Going to California and especially, in the encore, Ramble On.
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