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Oregon Supreme Court approves tax to fund state EV rebates

Original Article by Catherine Morehouse

Oregon Supreme Court approves tax to fund state EV rebates

  • The Oregon Supreme Court approved the use of a privilege tax to fund the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program on Sunday, after AAA Oregon/Idaho and Trucking Associations Inc. challenged the tax in November 2017, saying it violated Oregon’s Constitution.
  • The program is integral to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s 2017 initiativeto address greenhouse gases and climate change. One of the goals of the initiative is to have 50,000 or more registered and operating electric vehicles (EVs) in the state by 2020, according to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) air quality planner Rachel Sakata.
  • The clean vehicle program offers both a standard rebate option and a “charge ahead” option for qualifying low-to-middle income (LMI) customers. The standard rebate is $2500 towards a purchase or lease of a new EV with a battery capacity of 10 KWh or more, and $1500 with a battery capacity of less than 10 KWh. Charge-ahead rebates are worth $2500-$5000.

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Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center

Apple’s data center in Prineville, Oregon (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

Apple is planning a large-scale expansion of its Prineville, Oregon data center, according to The Oregonian. The report claims Apple is likely to expand upon its current 338,000-square-foot data center with a matching facility and massive solar array this year, after Oregon governor Kate Brown signed a tax bill last week that will exempt Apple and other tech companies from facing millions of dollars in additional property taxes.

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Public Assistance to Low-Wage Workers Costs $1.7 Billion in Oregon

Public assistance to working Oregonians costs an estimated $1.7 billion annually, according to a new report on the impact of low-paying jobs.

Nearly 197,000 workers don’t earn enough to cover their basic needs and rely in some part on public support, shows the study released Thursday by the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center.

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Personal Income Taxes: Governor’s Budget Proposal Includes Extending Certain Credits and Creating New Working Family Addition Tax Credit

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has released his 2015-2017 budget recommendations, which include proposals to extend various corporate and personal income tax credits and to create a new working family addition tax credit. The Governor recommends continuing 18 corporate and personal income tax credits that are set to end in 2015-17. Read more