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Oregon Tobacco and E-cigarette Tax Hikes Kick In Jan. 1 

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The voter-approved hike of $2 per pack raises the state tax to $3.33 a pack, making smoking a far costlier proposition for the 480,000 Oregon adults who smoke.

Unemployment Claims In Health Care Industry Spike In 2020 

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Tens of thousands of laid off or underemployed health care workers filed for unemployment compensation in Oregon this year, even as demand for specialized staff and other workers went up.

Gov. Brown’s Medicaid Budget Would Crimp Hospitals, Insurers

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A hospital industry group criticizes the proposed cuts in Medicaid reimbursement rates following a rough year for hospitals that have seen reduced revenue from elective procedures.

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