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Oregon earns grade of B- for manufacturing health

Oregon received a grade of B- on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Clackamas County’s $3,801-per-month cost of living is the highest in Oregon

Residents of Clackamas County need to make $3,801 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Oregon.

Oregon’s public pensions are 66.3% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Oregon’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 66.3 percent of the total, the 29th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Oregon disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Oregon is $27,550, study finds

College graduates in Oregon have an average debt burden of $27,550, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 41.7% of total state, local levies in Oregon, study finds

State income tax revenues in Oregon represent 41.7 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

Oregon ranks 12th highest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Oregon finished 12th highest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

SALEM AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Oregon State Credit Union’s free Keizer Shred Day scheduled for Volcanoes Stadium Sept. 21

Oregon State Credit Union will hold a free shred day in Keizer from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the parking lot of Volcanoes Stadium, 6700 Field of Dreams Way NE in Keizer.

Oregon pension plans are 83% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Oregon public pension plans stands at 83%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Malheur rated least livable among Oregon counties, study finds

Malheur was ranked Oregon’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Oregon ranks 2nd highest on distilled spirits taxes

The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Oregon ranked second in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

$368,575 in annual income gets you into Oregon’s top 1% club, study finds

Bring in at least $368,575 in yearly income, and you’ll be among the top 1 percent of earners in Oregon, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the ultra wealthy in every state.

Oregon ranks 31st highest on wine taxes, study finds

The state wine excise taxes in Oregon ranked 31st in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Oregon ranks the lowest on state and local sales taxes, study finds

The combined state and average local sales taxes in Oregon ranked in a tie for 47th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on July 2019 data.

Oregon ranks 45th highest on beer taxes, study finds

The state beer excise taxes in Oregon ranked 45th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Oregon has 21st highest identity theft rate among the 50 states, study finds

Oregon finished in a tie for 21st in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

By the Numbers: Oregon not among the 17 jurisdictions with vaping taxes

Seventeen jurisdictions in the nation have some form of vapor product excise tax, according to a new Tax Foundation analysis.

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