Oregon lawmakers -- deep into the process of crafting a spending plan for the next two years -- got a rare bit of good news this week.

State economists are projecting an increase in tax revenue by around $270 million over the next two years.

The news comes as Governor Kitzhaber pushes lawmakers to get cracking on tax and pension reform.

It's election season, and important public safety measures are being considered in Oregon's rural counties.

And Portland voters have to sift through lots of claims about fluoride when deciding how to fill out their ballots.

Friday mornings, we talk politics. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian. Bill Lunch is away, so we welcome back Jim Moore, political science professor at Pacific University.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.