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    WEATHER
East Oregonian
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REGIONAL CITIES
Forecast
FRIDAY
TODAY
Occasional rain
Mostly cloudy
49° 36°
47° 36°
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
A morning shower;
mostly cloudy
Today
MONDAY
Mostly cloudy with
a little snow
A shower in the
morning; cloudy
PENDLETON TEMPERATURE FORECAST
48° 33°
48° 38°
49° 34°
HERMISTON TEMPERATURE FORECAST
53° 36°
50° 36°
PENDLETON
TEMPERATURE
LOW
49°
35°
42°
28°
64° (1919) -17° (1930)
PRECIPITATION
24 hours ending 3 p.m.
Month to date
Normal month to date
Year to date
Last year to date
Normal year to date
0.00"
0.79"
0.89"
0.79"
1.20"
0.89"
Corvallis
49/38
HERMISTON
through 3 p.m. yesterday
Yesterday
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Records
LOW
John Day
49/30
Ontario
49/34
Bend
45/29
44°
31°
42°
29°
62° (1974) -21° (1930)
Jan 31
Last
Feb 7
Astoria
Baker City
Bend
Brookings
Burns
Enterprise
Eugene
Heppner
Hermiston
John Day
Klamath Falls
La Grande
Meacham
Medford
Newport
North Bend
Ontario
Pasco
Pendleton
Portland
Redmond
Salem
Spokane
Ukiah
Vancouver
Walla Walla
Yakima
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Hong Kong
Jerusalem
London
Mexico City
Moscow
Paris
Rome
Seoul
Sydney
Tokyo
Boardman
Pendleton
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REGIONAL FORECAST
Coastal Oregon: Occasional rain today.
Cooler; breezy.
Eastern Washington: A little rain today,
except a bit of snow in the mountains.
Eastern and Central Oregon: Periods of rain
today; cooler near the Cascades.
Cascades: Snow, heavy at times today, ac-
cumulating 3-6 inches. A little snow tonight.
Western Washington: Cloudy today with
showers. Mostly cloudy tonight with a stray
shower.
Northern California: Cooler today; rain,
except 1-3 inches of snow in the interior
mountains.
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Feb 15
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WORLD CITIES
(in mph)
Klamath Falls
43/26
7:30 a.m.
4:41 p.m.
8:26 a.m.
6:31 p.m.
New
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NATIONAL WEATHER TODAY
Fri.
WINDS
Medford
47/33
0.00"
0.64"
0.70"
0.64"
0.79"
0.70"
SUN AND MOON
Sunrise today
Sunset tonight
Moonrise today
Moonset today
First
Full
Caldwell
53/35
Burns
44/25
PRECIPITATION
24 hours ending 3 p.m.
Month to date
Normal month to date
Year to date
Last year to date
Normal year to date
Jan 24
Albany
50/40
Eugene
48/37
TEMPERATURE
HIGH
51° 34°
Spokane
Wenatchee
42/30
42/29
Tacoma
Moses
50/38
Lake
Pullman
Aberdeen Olympia
Yakima 50/32
43/32
49/42
48/37
52/32
Longview
Kennewick Walla Walla
49/42
49/35 Lewiston
53/35
Astoria
47/34
51/41
Portland
Enterprise
Hermiston
50/40
Pendleton 45/29
The Dalles 53/36
49/36
52/35
La Grande
Salem
47/31
50/40
through 3 p.m. yesterday
HIGH
48° 38°
Seattle
50/40
ALMANAC
Yesterday
Normals
Records
50° 33°
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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SALEM — Two state
lawmakers behind next
week’s special election say
they’ve found a new way to
pay for Medicaid.
State Reps. Julie Parrish,
R-Tualatin/West Linn, and
Cedric Hayden, R-Fall Creek,
petitioned to get the state’s
existing Medicaid
funding plan on the
ballot.
About 1 million
Oregonians are on
Medicaid, known
here as the Oregon
Health Plan. The
program
serves
low-income people
and other quali-
fying groups.
The election is
Tuesday, Jan. 23. A “no” vote
could throw a wrench into the
state’s health care budget, but
Parrish and Hayden believe
they’ve found a way to plug
the hole and continue to
draw down federal matching
funding that pay for most of
the program.
But it’s not yet clear
whether their plan, unveiled
Tuesday, will make up the
difference because it has not
been scored by nonpartisan
legislative analysts.
The current version of the
bill they’ve now proposed
would expand what’s referred
to as the state’s “provider
tax.”
Health care providers pay
a refundable assessment to
the state, which in turn uses
the money to collect matching
funds from the federal
government. Providers get
the money back.
Most states use a provider
tax to get matching federal
funds to pay for their
Medicaid programs.
Oregon lawmakers crafted
a plan last year
that included those
types of taxes on
hospitals, but also
created taxes on
managed
care
organizations and
insurers, and a
nonrefundable
tax on hospitals,
which Parrish and
Hayden object to.
Instead, the two
lawmakers propose taxing
a wider range of health care
providers, not just hospitals
and long-term care facilities.
In addition to taxing
hospitals,
Parrish
and
Hayden’s new bill would
also tax surgical centers
and ambulance companies.
Future versions could include
even more health care busi-
nesses, such as pharmacies,
Parrish says.
Parrish argues that taxing
more providers could cover
the rising costs of Medicaid.
That’s a growing concern as
the federal government tapers
its share of the Medicaid bill.
Although the feds initially
picked up all of the tab for
patients covered under the
Medicaid expansion of
income criteria under the
Affordable Care Act, by 2020,
the state will be responsible
for 10 percent of the costs of
the expansion population.
Parrish and Hayden’s
proposal would also use
one-time revenues to tempo-
rarily continue a state program
that holds certain insurance
premiums down, and require
the Oregon Health Authority
to do monthly reconciliations
to confirm that all OHP recip-
ients still reside in Oregon.
The pair have also previ-
ously suggested taxing large
companies that self-insure,
but detractors say that could
be subject to a legal challenge.
The lawmakers’ proposal
comes as they approach
the end of a wonky health
care campaign where their
critics — including the state’s
largest health care organi-
zations and unions — have
argued Parrish and Hayden
didn’t have a viable back-up
plan.
Hayden, a dentist who
serves OHP patients, unsuc-
cessfully floated a somewhat
similar proposal in the 2017
legislative session. It included
a tobacco tax, a tax on vaping,
and assumed Medicaid case-
loads would drop.
Janet Bauer, a policy
analyst for the Oregon Center
for Public Policy, which
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rain
20s
flurries
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40s
snow
50s
ice
60s
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70s
80s
90s
100s
warm front stationary front
110s
high
low
National Summary: Except for spotty snow near the northern and eastern Great Lakes and
rain in South Texas, the Central and Eastern states will be dry and sunny today. Rain and
mountain snow are in store for the Northwest.
Yesterday’s National Extremes: (for the 48 contiguous states)
High 82° in Chino, Calif.
Low -17° in Crested Butte, Colo.
NATIONAL CITIES
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48
41
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58
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35
83
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Albuquerque
Atlanta
Atlantic City
Baltimore
Billings
Birmingham
Boise
Boston
Charleston, SC
Charleston, WV
Chicago
Cleveland
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
El Paso
Fairbanks
Fargo
Honolulu
Houston
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Little Rock
Los Angeles
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Memphis
Miami
Milwaukee
Minneapolis
Nashville
New Orleans
New York City
Oklahoma City
Omaha
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Portland, ME
Providence
Raleigh
Rapid City
Reno
Sacramento
St. Louis
Salt Lake City
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Tucson
Washington, DC
Wichita
Hi
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36
42
34
47
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36
75
30
35
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55
58
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sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.
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101 petitioners float alternative funding plan
By CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE
Capital Bureau
-0s
supports Ballot Measure
101, says the long legislative
session in February 2019
would be a better time to
assess the policies in the new
proposal.
Legislators convene for
short sessions in even-num-
bered years, and long sessions
in odd-numbered years to
develop the state’s two-year
budget.
Bauer said she could
not comment on specifics
of Parrish and Hayden’s
proposal without reading the
actual bill, but that generally,
it would be better to wait
another year when legislators
have more time to weigh the
merits of another funding
strategy.
“I think that it’s rolling the
dice to suggest that we should
overturn a solution that we
already have,” Bauer said.
The Yes For Healthcare
campaign, which is advo-
cating to keep the current
funding plan, dismissed the
proposal.
“This is more of the
same misleading tactics and
should not be trusted,” the
campaign said in a statement
in response to the proposal.
“The only way to protect
healthcare funding is Yes on
Measure 101.”
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BRIEFLY
Robust December caps strong jobs year
PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s unemployment rate
fell slightly in December as employers added more than
14,000 jobs.
The state Employment Department said Wednesday
that no major industry substantially cut jobs in the last
month of 2017. Industries adding a lot of jobs were
construction, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.
Oregon’s unemployment rate remained essentially
unchanged at 4.1 percent — down from 4.2 percent in
November.
It capped a year in which Oregon’s jobless rate hit
several record lows before inching higher. For 2017,
the state’s annual average unemployment rate was
4 percent. That is Oregon’s lowest annual rate since
comparable records began in 1976.
The next-lowest mark was 4.9 percent, set in 1995
and 2016.
Superintendent ousted after affair, letter
EUGENE (AP) — An Oregon school superintendent
has lost her job amid suspicion that she wrote an
anonymous letter that was critical of a teacher.
The Register-Guard reports the South Lane School
Board unanimously approved a motion Tuesday that
ousted Krista Parent from her position and appointed
Kyle Tucker as acting superintendent.
Board members took the action after a handwriting
expert concluded that an unsigned letter given to them
last year was probably written by Parent. The letter
praised Parent as a “pillar of the community” and
criticized a Cottage Grove High School teacher who was
married to an employee with whom the superintendent
was having an affair.
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