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PERS-driven compensation spike may force cuts in public payrolls: PSU study

The A A dramatic rise in compensation costs for Oregon’s public employees during the next five years could force significant reductions in the number of people providing key public services, according to a new study from Portland State University’s Center for Public Service. 14 more words

The Oregonian

Oregon judges lobby Legislature for big pay, pension increases

A contingent of Oregon’s roughly 200 state judges visited the state Capitol this week on what has become a familiar quest: more pay and, indirectly, bigger pensions. 13 more words

Oregon Legislature

PERS proposals draw blowback from public employees

Public employees and union leaders packed a legislative hearing in Salem this week imploring lawmakers to avoid more reductions in benefits to bail out Oregon’s troubled public pension fund. 10 more words

The Oregonian

Legislative countown: PERS | Editorial

One of the great challenges in undertaking reform of Oregon’s Public Employee Retirement System is in grasping simple numbers that, if changed even slightly, signal complex cost shifts. 7 more words

The Oregonian

Legislative Briefcase: An update on the session at the Capitol

Lawmakers consider extending fish screen tax credit | Bill seeks reversal of Oregon GMO preemption | Lawmakers consider consolidating marijuana regulation | Public employees blast proposed PERS reforms | Legislators seek to control prescription drug price hikes | Bill would prohibit state union, contractor campaign contributions | Bill would prevent employers from recovering attorney fees in wage disputes… 13 more words

Oregon Legislature

PERS changes would hit newer, younger workers harder

State lawmakers got their first real glimpse Monday of the difficult political choices they face in seeking to curb the growing cost of public employee pensions this year. 53 more words

Oregon Legislature