Below you'll find a list of comprehensive research studies currently in progress or soon-to-be launched ballot measure study committees seeking volunteers. Click on the study committee title link to learn more.
Local governments statewide are feeling the strain as property tax revenues fail to keep up with the cost of providing essential services, while property owners complain about rising property tax bills despite falling property values.
Several southern Oregon counties are facing bankruptcy as federal timber payments end. Multnomah County’s budget for this year marks the 12th consecutive year of service cuts. Read the study charge for more information about the scope and objectives of this study.
How can State and local government systems and community-based efforts be improved to prepare Oregonians age 25 and under who have dropped out of high school to obtain a General Educational Development credential (GED) that will lead to a post-secondary education or advanced-skills training certification?
Portland’s water and sewer rates continue to climb in spite of promises from public officials to reduce or even roll back recent increases and significant conservation efforts by its citizens. This year, City Council announces a 3.7% increase for 2013 on top of what some pundits have said is an almost 50% increase in the last three years.
This spring Portland experienced one of the most contentious special elections in recent memory over water fluoridation. While voters disagreed on fluoridation, members from both sides recognized that heightened public awareness of dental health issues provided a rare opportunity to make a difference in Portland.
Together with City Club of Portland, some of the key leaders of Portland’s fluoridation debate announced that they are creating a special task force that will bring together both sides of the fluoride debate in the name of children’s dental health. The task force is funded and led by major water fluoridation proponents Northwest Health Foundation and Kaiser Permanente along with Daniel Deutsch, the largest in-state donor for the anti-water-fluoridation campaign. The task force will study the most workable solutions for improving dental health outcomes for children in Multnomah County.