2 results for author: Sam Pape


Ara Vickers: Meet the New ELB!

Hello friends, People are more receptive to tackling climate change when they are given actionable, positive climate news, rather than through threats of inaction. If you’re like me, and are entrenched in climate change research, then framing climate change and other environmental disasters in an optimistic context sounds at best challenging and at worst absurd. After all, the earth is on fire and we need to act! Yet, most people respond defensively when they receive negative climate change information. Of course, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t share critical climate change information or be complicit climate optimists. Rather, it highlights ...

Elizabeth Silberg: Commit Your Kicker!

What do you think of when you think of Oregon? The Painted Hills or the Gorge? Earthy Pinot Noirs or hoppy IPAs? Pickathon or the Country Fair? From January 29 to April 17, it might be something else that comes to mind… something perhaps not as flashy as our state’s signature natural wonders, drinks, or events, but nonetheless just as uniquely Oregon: the kicker! If you’re new to Oregon taxes, here’s a brief primer. Every two years, when lawmakers build the budget, state economists sit down and predict how high personal income taxes will be. When their predictions are off by 2% or more, the excess is refunded back to taxpayers as the ...