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Oregon Business News Update, Edward Snowden was interviewed by John Oliver and included a new phone case that hides your location.

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By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based mobile game available on iPhones and Android devices. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. It makes use of GPS

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog This Oregon Employment Department released the initial estimates for June 2016 in terms of jobs and the unemployment rate. Overall the data continue to bring good news, even as the unemployment rate ticked up a bit. The reason being is the state continues to add jobs [&

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By Oregon Employment Department Oregon businesses reported 47,600 vacancies in spring 2016. That’s an increase of 6,400 from winter, but 5,700 fewer job vacancies than the all-time high of 53,300 in spring 2015. Oregon’s construction industry, which has shown impressive job growth recently, reported 4,700 job va

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Congressman Kurt Schrader Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5), Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-7) introduced legislation that will initiate a reasonable three-year phase-in of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The new rule, proposed in May, raise

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By Cascade Policy Institute, Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy. An economic research center at Portland State University just came out with its report on the measure, funded by the measure’s spon

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Oregon Department of Revenue, As of May 30, the Department of Revenue has processed $14.9 million in marijuana tax payments this year. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January. The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm By Josephine Ko The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has published its Final Rule modernizing the guidelines that prohibit sex discrimination in employment for covered federal contractors. This follows on the heels of Executive Order 11246, which broadly proscribes

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, Speaking at the Open Technology Institute , Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., warned that proposed changes to expand government hacking and surveillance powers pose a dangerous threat to the security of power plants and other critical infrastructure connected to the internet, as well as Americans

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By Oregon Employment Department, How would a wage of $78,500 strike you? Probably as a really good wage, but not an absolutely spectacular one. Now, how would you like to make that much every three months for a total annual wage of $314,000? Welcome to the world of the top 1 percent. There were roughly […]

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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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