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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog. Economic anxiety, particularly among the white working-class, has been front and center this election cycle. At the least it is one of the two main topics, and for a good (valid) reason. While a lot of our office’s focus in recent months and years has been […]

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Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association owes a debt of gratitude to our partners at the National Restaurant Association and our friends at Jackson Lewis law firm for working together to cover all costs for a petition of the United States Supreme Court in our case, Oregon R

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By Allison Coleman Cascade Policy Institute Portland-area voters just approved Ballot Measure 26-178, which imposes a five-year property tax that will generate $80 million dollars for Metro to maintain parks owned by the agency. On the surface, this seems like a wonderful thing; everyone likes parks, and they need to be mai

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US Chamber, New Report Urges Congress To Override Agency WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) shows how, despite assurances given by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), its 2011 decision authorizing “micro-unions” has enabled these

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog. Checking in on employment across Oregon’s counties reveals a number of encouraging trends. First, in recent years, job growth has returned to all regions of the state. Every region and every single county has seen some gains from the depths of the Great Recession. Th

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By Oregon NFIB, The next big issue for small business is on the table, and it’s called “flexible scheduling.” “It’s going to be a big deal,” Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) said in The Oregonian. “But we really think that the time to tackle this is now.” The flexible scheduling legislation would require so

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By Oregon Small Business Foundation, By now, millions of Americans have hitched a ride on Uber, stayed overnight in an Airbnb, funded a Kickstarter project, or hired someone on TaskRabbit to do the odd job. Last New Year’s Eve, more than 20,000 Portlanders used Uber’s ridesharing service. By now, millions of Americans a

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By Oregon Small Business Foundation, If you want to know how the construction business is doing in your city – just look up. Look for the construction cranes. This year Seattle topped the list nationwide, with 58 construction cranes, 18 more than Los Angeles, more than New York and San Francisco combined, and twice as [&#

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Oregon Continues Strong Job Growth in October By Oregon Employment Department Oregon added 6,100 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, continuing a trend of strong job growth. Since October 2015, Oregon added 55,400 jobs, which was a gain of 3.1 percent. This growth rate is nearly double the national job growth rate of 1.7 perce

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Bullard Law, Portland law firm In the (fictional) mailbag today The Bullard Edge fields a question from Wendy, the HR Director at Mid-Town Medical Center. Wendy asks about an employee who is demanding an extended medical leave (seven months have been taken already). Although the employee is not cooperating, she has thrown o

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University of Oregon Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators: The Oregon economy continues to grow with further evidence that the pace of activity is moderating as the expansion matures. Highlights of this month’s report include: The Oregon measure of e

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Bullard Law, Portland law firm By Michael G. McClory “Post-Election Leave” Under OFLA/FMLA? By Michael G. McClory Today’s (fictional) mailbag question comes from Chuck, who is the HR Director at Mid-Town Tires. He asks about an employee who has been out sick since last week’s election. Chuck believes the employee is

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Wall Street Journal Editorial, November 16, 2016 Portland, Oregon is famous for its modish devotion to organic foods and craft beers. Now the city is embracing a new trend that could leave local workers with a very bitter aftertaste. It’s a fresh tax on business and it could be coming to a city near you, […]

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Oregon, Press Release A bipartisan coalition of Senate and House lawmakers  asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to provide Congress with more information about a proposed expansion of government hacking and surveillance powers. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

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NIKE’s $720 self-lacing shoe NIKE has rolled out to the public its self-lacing shoe called Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.   The cost for each pair will sell for $720. It plans to be on shelves for the holiday season this December 1st. Nike CEO Mark Parker praised the shoe as a big event — just as big […]

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Ferguson Wellman, A leading Oregon financial firm Navigating the Unknown As the week draws to a close, we wanted to share some perspective on what was a surprising week for our political system. Against this backdrop, the capital markets once again demonstrated they do not like surprises or uncertainty. Following the announ

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Wall Street Journal Editorial November 10, 2016 Democratic candidates took another beating in the states on Tuesday, which is why progressives are resorting more to ballot initiatives to impose their policies. This week voters were smart enough to reject some of the worst lurches of liberal governance. Notably, the biggest

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Economic anxiety, particularly among the white working-class, has been front and center this election cycle. At the least it is one of the two main topics, and for a good (valid) reason. While a lot of our office’s focus in recent months and years has been […]

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Several labs got received their accredited license for Oregon. These labs say that Oregon has the highest marijuana testing standard in the industry. Watch the KGW-8 news clip below for more.  

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By David Oxenford Broadcast Law Blog, At the end of last week, the press reported on the jury verdict finding Rolling Stone magazine to be liable for defamation for its story, later retracted, about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The case was brought by a University administrator who was portrayed negatively, in

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by Ralph Cole, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Ferguson Wellman, A leading Oregon financial firm Equity markets fell a little more than 1 percent on the week (10/31 to 11/4) as the presidential race grew closer with the news of renewed investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of personal emails during her time a

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By Steve Buckstein Cascade Policy Institute, Trying to sell voters on the largest tax increase in Oregon history, Measure 97 proponents claim that “Oregon ranks dead last in corporate taxes.” But the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization, The Tax Foundation, says this claim is misleading.

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Oregon businesses reported 61,000 job vacancies in summer 2016. That marks an increase of 19,700 job vacancies from the prior summer, and the largest number of job vacancies recorded in the state since the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey began in 2008. After easing down since

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University of Oregon Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators: Incoming data continue to indicate that Oregon is in the midst of a more mature stage of the business cycle as the pace of growth levels off after the acceleration out of the recession. Highlig

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 by Jason Norris, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Ferguson Wellman, A leading Oregon financial firm A Nobel Prize for Bob Dylan couldn’t buoy the markets last week. Uncertainty in China and a rocky start to earnings season resulted in a down week for stocks. While equities rallied on Friday, the S&P 500 ende

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By NFIB, Brace yourselves, owners: Hillary Clinton‘s plans to raise the estate tax could be a huge hit to small businesses and farmers. The Democratic presidential candidate has proposed an increase to a top rate of 65 percent, a number that small business owners and farmers fear could put them out of business, according

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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s minimum wage will increase each year through 2022, as outlined in Senate Bill 1532, which was passed on March 2, 2016.  The Oregon Employment Department has studied this topic from many angles. For example, we know minimum wage jobs account for about 5 percent of jobs in Oregon.

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Dr. Eric Fruits Oregon Economist For much of the past year, economists employed by the State of Oregon have described the state’s employment growth as running at “full throttle.” Even the most recent forecast from the state says the Oregon’s job growth is full throttle. The dictionary, however, says that to throttle

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By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, In a few short weeks it will be hard to miss the battle taking place on Oregon’s ballot between those advocating for more tax revenue for state government versus those against it. The $6 billion tax increase proposal is the largest in state history and would be paid on [R

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By Cascade Policy Institute, Once again, Portland led the nation this July with its home prices rising 12.4 percent year-over-year versus the national average of just 5.0 percent. As of April, Portland remained the 12th most expensive rental market in the nation. These numbers are not unrelated. Housing prices are often rel

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