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Associated Builders and Contractors, ABC, along with a broad coalition of 380 stakeholders, sent a letter to Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging him to make the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) an early priority for the 115th Congress. The bill seeks to improve the transparency of regulations by requiring

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By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Employee of the Month. Sounds like a great idea. For the price of a cheap plaque and a good parking spot, bosses can motivate employees to deliver superior service. So the thinking goes. Academics call it “status competition.” And sometimes it backfires. Wells Fa

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By Oregon Employment Department, Our latest quarterly job vacancy survey results show Oregon businesses reported 52,300 job vacancies in fall 2016. That’s an increase of 7,400 job vacancies compared with the prior fall. The job vacancy numbers reflect continued, strong employment growth in the state. This fall the 2-t

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By Fred Thompson, Oregon Economics Blog With the start of another legislative session, calls for wholesale tax reform are again being heard. Frankly, most state tax-policy specialists are dubious of big reforms. My Georgia State University colleague, Carolyn Bourdeaux, for example, boils the typical reform process down to t

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by Ralph Cole, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Ferguson Wellman, A leading Oregon financial firm January 13th — After rallying into the end of 2016, both interest rates and the stock market took a little breather this week. The S&P 500 finished the week basically flat, while the yield on the U.S. 10-year

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Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, Committed to growing the economy and protecting small businesses in Oregon, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) supported bills passed by the House this week to rein in costly, burdensome, and overreaching federal regulations. Below is a transcript from Walden’s video release applauding th

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By Oregon Prosperity Project, Roads and bridges don’t deteriorate because taxpayers or politicians like bumpy rides and traffic congestion. Existing infrastructure gets neglected and future needs ignored because citizens and the elected officials can’t agree on priorities and how to pay for projects. Will 2017 be the ye

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Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, In a press conference today led by Rep. Peter DeFazio and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, a coalition of congressmen and organizations called on President-elect Trump to begin renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) within his first hundred days of taking office. The gro

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Oregon Restaurant Association Newsletter Excerpt We know there are real issues on the horizon in Salem and we will not be able to be effective without your engagement and commitment to stay educated as priorities emerge. Front and center will be paid family leave legislation and restrictive scheduling laws that create even

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 by Jason Norris, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Ferguson Wellman, A leading Oregon financial firm The Friday jobs report was slightly on the light side with December payrolls coming in at 156,000, which was 19,000 below economist’s estimates. Positively, the previous two months showed 19,000 in upward revision

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By U.S. Chamber Foundation Election time has a long and troubled history with half-truths and counter-factual arguments, none more so recently than with trade. While the President of the United States is seeking approval for the largest trade pact in our nation’s history—the Trans-Pacific Partnership—nominees from bot

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Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) predicted swift action on growing jobs, fixing health care, and doing away with excessive federal regulations as the new session of Congress convenes today. “I’m excited about the new session of Congress kicking-off today,” said Walden in a video mes

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University of Oregon Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon continues to enjoy economic growth broadly consistent with previous expansions. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The Oregon measure of economic activity fell to 0.51 from an upwardly revised October figur

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Automatic Automatic, the company bringing the power of the internet into every car on the road, announced they are participating in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s new program called DEQ Too™. Automatic is a San Francisco-based connected car company that builds connected car adapters that plug in under

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Oregon Small Business Association, The Wall Street Journal has reported on an unexpected business phenomenon in the manufacturing world.   As manufacturing jobs decline nationwide, there is an increase in one person manufacturing jobs run by businesses with only one employee.   This is proof that small business is still

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce In response to President Obama’s action withdrawing large sections of the outer continental shelf for oil and gas exploration, Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, issued the following statement: “This administration’s seeming focus on app

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By Cascade Policy Institute President-elect Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of one of the nation’s largest fast food chains to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The food preparation and serving industry employs almost half of all minimum wage workers. It is thus widely assumed that the nominee would be unfriendly to mi

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm On December 8, 2016, Linn County Circuit Judge Daniel Murphy ruled that Oregon’s new law requiring Oregon counties to provide paid sick leave to their county employees is an unfunded mandate. The nine counties that filed the lawsuit therefore do not have to follow the paid sick leave law wit

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National Retail Federation News Release, In today’s competitive retail environment, mobile and data analytics are indispensable tools for reaching prospective customers and building brand loyalty. Executives from Branding Brand, Neiman Marcus and Touch of Modern share insights on how they are using marketing, mobile and d

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog A common question that comes up regularly during presentations is something along the lines of, “Will there be enough jobs in the future?” There’s not doubt that artificial intelligence and software are and will continue to impact the economy and employment. Howev

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Employers are Now Required to Complete an Updated Form I-9 for New Employees By Samuel Hernandez On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. All employers are required to begin using the r

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By NFIB, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)  applauded Senate passage of a measure eliminating a controversial IRS penalty on businesses that reimburse workers for the cost of health insurance. Last week, the House passed an identical version of the bill. “Both the Senate and the House have now passed

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm OSHA Now Enforcing Rule Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses By Amy L. Angel and Nicole C. Elgin The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has authority to enforce its final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses as of December 1 this year. A challenge

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Oregon Small Business Association, According to Forbes which ranks the world’s billionaires, of the top 100, Phil Knight at #24 is the only Oregonian to make the list. Recently Knight made a donation of $500 million to his alma mater, the University of Oregon. The gift is the largest ever pledged to a public university. [

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By Oregon Prosperity Project As Oregon legislators gathered for Legislative Days, a key preparatory step toward the 2017 Legislative Session, one word worked its way into virtually every hearing: revenue. Talking about money in advance of a Legislative Session is far from unusual, but the urgency to have a serious revenue d

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by Brad Houle, CFA Executive Vice President Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Market Summary The stock market was slightly positive on last week up around .20 percent taking a break from the strong move upwards following the election in November. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are within strikin

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National Retail Federation News Release, How far will ‘cashless’ go in retail? What’s universal, convenient, anonymous, transferable and fast — and possibly becoming obsolete? Cash, of course. As other payment methods have proliferated, starting with credit cards and then debit cards, gift cards, prepaid cards and n

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By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter In the past week, I’ve been getting emails and texts from folks all over asking: “What’s up with Portland?” Thanks, Neil Cavuto. Here’s what’s up. Last week, Portland passed a first-in-the-nation income tax surcharge on companies whose CEOs earn more than

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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate Governor Kate Brown released her proposed 2017-19 budget last week. The governor’s original proposal is a starting point for discussions and leaves many questions unanswered, but it does set parameters. Here are the most important: Total Proposed Budget

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University of Oregon Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators: Oregon continues to enjoy solid economic growth. Highlights of this month’s report include: The Oregon measure of economic activity rose to 1.08 from an upwardly revised September figure of 0

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