HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Legislation, baking, overtime and crackers

Written February 15th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

A little bill pending in the Oregon legislature caught my eye on Tuesday, not because it was particularly weird but because Democrats in the Senate sent out a press release about it. This is a story about that, and it leads to crackers at the end.


At the Capitol: More security, less freedom

Written January 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

One of the traditions of life in Oregon is about to come to an end, and it’s another step in our long slide of giving up little bits of freedom in the name of “security.”


May city use $1 million to shelter the homeless

Written December 17th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Over the next year or so, the state government is giving Albany $1 million to spend on “programs or services to address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing or homelessness.”


Home buyers’ letters ‘banned’? Not really

Written November 29th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you’re selling a house in Albany or anywhere else in Oregon after next Jan. 1, you may be hearing about a new law that supposedly bans would-be home buyers’ so-called “love letters.” But the law does no such thing.


When it’s hot, worry about HB 2021

Written June 27th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

When it’s 104 degrees in the shade outside, and the air conditioning is going full blast inside along with an electric fan, you kind of wonder how all this is going to work out on a similar day 19 years from now. Will there be enough electric power to keep people in the mid-valley from […]


Capitol impasse saves quite a bit of cash

Written March 4th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

If it accomplishes nothing else, the impasse at the Capitol in Salem is preventing the spending of hundreds of millions of additional dollars, at least for a while.


Cap and trade and the price of gas

Written February 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The majority in the Oregon legislature is determined to increase the cost of motor fuels in order to force people to buy and burn less. So in a few years we may look back on the current era as the last time the price of gas in Albany and the rest of the state was […]


 
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