With a population of nearly 4 million people, the state of Oregon is one of the less densely populated U.S. states. In spite of this, Oregon has one of the highest rates of poverty in the country, particularly since the onset of the 2008 economic recession. While the country has begun to fiscally repair the damage left by the Great Recession, many residents of Oregon (Oregonians) are still very much grappling with low wages and/or no income to support their households nearly five years after the recession has ended, and only one-tenth of the top 1 percent have seen an increase in economic gains, thereby increasing the already wide income inequality gap. As a result, the state and local governments are forced to address the ...

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