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By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Fighting Lodging Tax Creep In virtually every corner of the state, local and county governments seem to have their eyes fixed on lodging taxes and opportunities to raise them. The recent successes of the lodging industry are being widely reported as more tourists find themselv

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By NFIB Oregon’s economy has recovered since the recession, but younger workers lag behind. If younger generations are our future, that future might not be so bright if current trends continue. Oregon had the fourth-highest youth unemployment rate in 2015 at 22.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 201

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm BOLI Issues Final Rule on Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Law By Amy Angel and Nicole Elgin Oregon’s new tiered minimum wage law is poised to go into effect on July 1. The new scheme divides the state into three wage regions (Portland Metro, “nonurban” counties, and everywhere else) and

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By NFIB The National Labor Relations Board new joint employer standard would make small businesses liable for unlawful labor practices committed by entities completely outside of their control, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in a brief filed before the D.C. Court of Appeals. “The NLRB’s new

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By By Michael G. McClory , Bullard Law, Portland law firm I grew up watching hockey. While I rooted for the LA Kings, these were the pre-Gretzky days and the Kings name seemed ironic. Some of the best hockey was in Philadelphia where the Flyers, led by Rick MacLeish, Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber won […]

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog On the backs of the consumer and the strengthening labor market, the U.S. economic expansion continues. Weakness and uncertainty remain in terms of the global economy, financial markets and the goods-producing industries. However, as the U.S. economy enters the seventh

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Associated Oregon Industries The nonpartisan Oregon Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) released a report to the House and Senate Revenue Committees highlighting the devastating effects that Initiative Petition 28 (IP28) would have on the Oregon economy. The report is packed with information illustrating how damaging and costl

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog People have been moving to Oregon in droves ever since Lewis and Clark. Migration is a key driver to our economic growth and the Northwest more broadly. That is one reason our office regularly studies and discusses migration, demographics and population growth. The Paci

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement  praising House passage of the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016”: “This common-sense legislation will help bring regulatory relief to the business community and stat

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By Oregon Medical Association The OMA’s Board of Trustees met last weekend at the Oregon Medical Education Foundation Conference Center in Portland.  From patient privacy and information access, to the opioids epidemic, to aid in dying, the all-volunteer board engaged in meaningful dialogue surrounding real issues physic

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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon added tens of thousands of new jobs while recovering from the Great Recession. Younger workers, especially teens, are struggling to take advantage of Oregon’s strong job growth. There were fewer workers in Oregon ages 14 to 24 in 2015 than in 2007, before the recession began. Th

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By Oregon Brewers Guild Rep. Peter DeFazio testified before the Ways & Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee on the impact that H.R. 2903, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, would have on America’s small brewers. H.R. 2903 would reduce the excise tax on barrels of beer brewed from $7 per barrel

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By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Slow growth this year, chance of recession next year • Latest data show sluggish growth through 2016, with increasing chance of recession by mid-2017. This is in line with a Wall Street Journal survey of economists. • Consumer spending is pulling the economy alon

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement  on the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) final rule requiring employers to report their injury and illnesses: “

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by Bill Conerly, Oregon economist Conerly Consulting, Businomics New Business Competitors: Lessons from Leicester City Is there a small competitor about to clean your business’s clock? Will your sales be Amazoned, iPhoned or Ubered? Is there a Leicester in your league? The Leicester City Football Club just won the Barclay

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Raise your hand if you’ve heard that Oregon lags the business cycle? Or worse yet, that Oregon falls first and recovers last? Something along these lines really does seem to be the conventional wisdom. In this case, the conventional wisdom is wrong. While the NBER has

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University of Oregon Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Economic Indicators: The Oregon economy continues to charge forward even as manufacturing indicators softened in March. Highlights of the report include: – Residential building permits rose to their highest level since

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By Cascade Policy Institute Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford. In her public statement, the Governor said, “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant efforts to expand gaming across Oregon to the detriment of the public welfare.” What she

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By National Federation of Independent Business, Employers have a right to consider obesity as a safety risk and workers who don’t meet weight-related health standards are not legally disabled, under a federal court ruling today cheered by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “Obesity may be a major pu

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Where Women Work and How Much They Earn By Oregon Employment Depart, More than 820,000 jobs at Oregon businesses and state and local governments were held by women in 2014. Women represent 49 percent of employment in Oregon, but the share of jobs held by women varies considerably by industry. Women’s average earnings were

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By Oregon Small Business Association, The Oregon legislature is planning a new expansive employment law that deals with how employers schedule their workers. The new law makes it both more difficult and more expensive to schedule employees. Version of the law would likely include: A requirement that employers provide work s

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By Jabob Grier, Portland Writer Cocktail consultant, magician, blogger. Liquidity Preference Blog My latest story for Reason looks at how some of the biggest names in craft beer are raking in millions of dollars in public subsidies to fund their expansion: “Virginia is for beer lovers,” Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) proc

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm “This place will fall apart without me.” I think we have all heard words to that effect, whether due to an oversized view of value or as an excuse not to take time off of work for vacation. In today’s (fictional) mailbag, The Bullard Edge responds to a question […]

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm Merle Haggard passed away. Willie’s Roadhouse on SiriusXM spent the day remembering Haggard – with lots of music (hits and otherwise), interviews with other artists, and telephone call-ins from ordinary folks touched by Haggard’s music or by a personal encounter with him along the way

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By Oregon Employment Department, During 2015, Oregon’s private employers were looking to fill about 48,000 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market job seekers face. The 48,0

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Over the past year, gaming revenues have clearly rebounded following an extended period of very slow to no growth in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The increases here in Oregon did coincide with the Lottery’s capital replacement program which is replacing the 1

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Cascade Policy Institute The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build “smarter streets” that talk to self-driving cars and to develop an app that

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Ron Wyden Release, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., laid out a bold new vision for protecting Americans’ basic freedoms, and warned of dangerous consequences if the nation allows unchecked expansion of government surveillance. “The rapid advances in technology over the past 20 years threaten the rights of every single American m

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By NFIB, The small business health insurance tax credit, which was highly advertised by the administration as an incentive for small business owners to purchase group health insurance plans, has been largely ineffective, the National Federation of Independent Business explained  during congressional testimony. “The high

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog The reported lack of construction workers is one of the more interesting developments in recent years. At first blush this seems implausible.  The U.S. is still more than a million construction jobs below the housing boom peak, or about 14%. (Oregon is about 20,000 job

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