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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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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate Each Oregon Legislative Session, AOI records legislators’ votes (floor and in committee), on a selection of bills on which AOI took clear positions. These votes are compiled into a matrix, and legislators’ voting records are reported to our member

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Oregon State Treasurer News Release, Oregon safekeeping a record $564 million in unclaimed property, and Treasurer urges rightful owners to retrieve it ​SALEM – More than a half-billion dollars. That’s how much Oregon is now safekeeping in unclaimed assets that have been turned over to the state, and that has not yet

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Where did all the workers go? By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation After Seattle imposed an historic minimum wage hike, employment has dropped, unemployment has risen, and workers have dropped out of the labor force. It is not the result proponents promised and it hints that the warnings from the business communi

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By NFIB, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)  urged House leadership to fast-track a bill blocking the Executive Branch from finalizing costly business regulations after Election Day. “Small businesses are typically an afterthought when bureaucrats are rushing to finalize new rules and regulations,”

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Ater Wynne LLP NW Law firm The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed the Oregon Court of Appeals in Neumann v. Liles, a defamation lawsuit involving a negative review of a wedding venue. The plaintiff, an operator of the venue, was the target of a review on google.com calling her, among other things, “two faced, croo

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By Oregon Attorney General, In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 6-12, 2016), Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced the annual Oregon Department of Justice’s 2015 Top 10 Consumer Complaints. For the first time, a new category of consumer complaint, auto repair, appeared on the list.

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog As our office continues to unpack the latest employment data, which most importantly included revisions to the 2015 estimates, it’s looking even better than initially thought. Oregon is now getting very close to full employment, something we are likely to reach in the

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce  filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to challenge a Seattle ordinance that authorizes union organizing of for-hire drivers working as independent contractors, highlighting that the ordinance will burden innovation, increase

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From Stoel Rives LLP Oregon law Firm By Chad Marriott and Kate D’Ambrosio  Oregon legislators passed Senate Bill (SB) 1547 into law yesterday, creating aggressive timetables for eliminating coal-fired electricity from the State and setting a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2040. A diverse group of utilities, co

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Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in January from 5.5 percent in December 2015. The last time Oregon’s unemployment rate was this low was in June 2007. In January 2015, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. Oregon’s payroll employment surged by 9,900 in January. Four major industries each added

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 By NFIB Business owners may have to close their doors should the proposal go through. If having one of the highest minimum wages in the country wasn’t enough, Oregon business owners might soon face the prospect of even higher wages. It’s expected that some sort of minimum wage increase will go through this year, and [

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By Oregon Prosperity Project, Still and Again – Oregon’s Minimum Wage Conversation Isn’t Over Yet The ink was barely dry on Oregon’s new minimum wage increase last week when a new effort began. Seeking to minimize the impact of a wage hike on their districts, a small bipartisan group of legislators came forward Tues

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. Congressman Kurt Schrader Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) supported H.R. 3442, the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act, a bill that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on the Administration’s long-term debt reduction plan any time the country nears reaching the debt limit. “As a Bl

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