Record high revenue, nearly 50% above years past, and still our Democrat overlords are talking about raising taxes (again) to fill a $1.6 billion "budget hole". Those people wouldn't recognize a budget if it walked up behind them and bit them in the ass with all 32 teeth. The state doesn't have a revenue problem. Democratics have a spending problem.
And in unrelated news, some of the premiere angling destinations in Central Oregon - the Metolius, Deschutes, and Crooked Rivers - have a problem.
Portland General Electric built the Pelton-Round Butte dam near the confluence of those rivers, forming Lake Billy Chinook, which has become a fairly popular recreation site for boaters. The problem, of course, is that the reservoir retains heat, which is bad for salmon, steelhead, and trout. It's also bad for the insects that constitute food sources for both fish and birds. And for 100 miles downstream from the site, warm water released from the lake has damaged the entire ecosystem: formerly clean gravels in the lower Deschutes are now coated in algae, many of the birds that once fed on caddis flies have disappeared, and the fish are having stress issues.
Apparently hoping to deflect blame, PGE sold half of the complex to the Warm Springs tribe; as a sovereign nation, they don't necessarily have to abide by U.S. laws. Nonetheless, PGE is being sued by a group that wants to see actual cold water restored to the lower Deschutes River, and although the company tried to get the suit dismissed, the judge rejected their arguments.
It's not as though PGE needs the dam to provide hydropower in any event; they purchase 26% of their power from out of state, 25% from natural gas - only 16% from hydro.