Day: June 7, 2011

Tax breaks to be listed online

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Legislation to put state-issued tax breaks and incentives on the state’s transparency website was called a “good start” by Keizer’s state house representative. Rep. Kim Thatcher, R – Keizer, co-sponsored House Bill 2825 alongside Rep. Phil Barnhart, D – Central Lane and Linn counties. It passed both the house and senate unanimously and is awaiting Gov. John Kitzhaber’s signature. “The state spends a lot of time picking winners and losers,” Thatcher said. “it takes money provided by one group of taxpayers and gives it to another. Those taxpayers deserve to see what’s going on.” The legislation covers everything from the Business Energy Tax Credit and Enterprise Zones to film production tax credits. Information will include the name of the companies, amount received, the required outcome of the tax incentive program and whether those regulations are being met. “I don’t think we can claim it’s all inclusive but it was a good start on some of the bigger ones,” Thatcher said. “I’m not saying all tax incentives are bad; it would just help us make better decisions in the future on those tax breaks … and, I’m hoping, improve citizen confidence in the government.” Another bill sponsored by Thatcher just passed both houses: A bill that would create a central website for residents to check public notices for state agencies, boards and commissions. The...

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McNary grad racks up awards for best blues guitar, band in Seattle

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Blues man, and McNary High School graduate, CD Woodbury is comfortable straddling the line between biker butt rock and musicology. “I don’t mind if the bikers dance to what I do, but I’m happy with either one,” Woodbury said. It’s likely because of that attitude that the CD Woodbury Band was recently dubbed the best new band by the Washington Blues Society in Oregon’s neighbor to the north. It also honored Woodbury as the best electric blues guitarist for the second consecutive year. “The first time it was kind of embarrassing because I’d taken guitar lessons from the other two nominees in recent years,” Woodbury said, and erupted into a staccato laugh. “I can’t say I’m the best, but it was a real honor to be honored.” Woodbury graduated from McNary in 1987 and joined the Army to secure the funds necessary to pursue a degree in music, but it also opened up another unexpected opportunity. He was tapped to play with the 1st Cavalry Division Band – he started out playing brass and french horn, in particular, but switched to guitar later. His high school years were when he was bitten by the music bug and the “insane” idea to try and make a career out of music. “My dad listened to old country music, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Jr.,...

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