News roundtable: Oregon's economy, the pandemic and... is that optimism?

On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we hear from three staff writers about the state of affairs in Oregon: Hillary Borrud, our state politics reporter; Mike Rogoway, who covers business and technology; and one of our newest staffers, homelessness reporter Nicole Hayden.

We talked about the the economy, the state of homelessness services in the city, the legislature and another Republican walkout, the pandemic, and why things feel like they're looking up.

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Background reading:

Borrud: Oregon economists expect $571 million kicker

Hayden: On the proposed alcohol tax increase and what critics, supporters say

Rogoway: Oregon businesses are, by and large, still in business


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