An analysis of state health survey data by the Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) shows that the youngest adults have the highest hunger and food insecurity rates. The OCPP analysis shows that more than a quarter – 27 percent – of Oregon’s youngest adults (aged 18 to 24) lived in a food insecure household in 2002. By contrast, about one in ten adults aged 45 to 54 lived in a food insecure home, and just 6 percent of Oregon’s senior citizens were in food insecure households (Figure 1). Less than two percent of seniors lived in homes where someone went hungry at times during the last year, a rate that nearly one-eighth the rate among the youngest adults.
When it comes to tax policy, all too often Oregon fails to fly with her own wings. Rather than heed
By the end of this decade, local governments in Oregon could have about $140 million less per year to pay for libraries, fire departments, and other local services if a proposal to freeze property taxes for homeowners who are seniors becomes law.