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Poverty and Age in Oregon Oregon Workforce And Economic Information Oregon’s poverty rate dropped more than 2 percentage points in 2016, to 13.3 percent. Among the states and Washington, D.C., Oregon’s 2016 poverty rate ranked right in the middle at 25th lowest. Poverty rates in 2016 ranged from 7.3 percent in New Hamps

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Retailers Join Trump At White House For Signing Of Association Health Plan Order J. Craig Shearman National Retail Federation The owner of a Massachusetts pet-supply store represented the National Retail Federation at the White House today as President Trump signed an executive order that would allow more small businesses t

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OBI Selects Mark Johnson as President & CEO Oregon Prosperity Project Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) has selected Representative Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oregon’s statewide business association. Johnson has served in the Legislature since 2011 and is

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The Cost of PERS Inaction Continues to Grow Oregon Prosperity Project The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) funding crises will continue to drain state resources and prevent Oregon from improving our schools and providing needed services unless leaders step forward with a solution. The past few months have brought n

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Schrader, Renacci, Jenkins, and Costa Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Small Businesses Congressman Kurt Schrader  Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Jim Costa (D-CA) introduced the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act. This bipartisan legislation clarifi

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Oregon’s Shifting Retail Landscap By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis There’s no question that online sales have been, and will continue to change the retail landscape. However, it can be hard to show exactly how this is influencing and impacting standard economic data. Sure, Census reports e-commerce sale

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U.S. Chamber Statement on House Passage of the 2018 Budget Resolution Important First Step, but the Work is Just Beginning U.S. Chamber of Commerce The House passed its 2018 budget resolution Thursday in a party-line vote that represents a step toward its goal of sending tax-reform legislation to President Trump. U.S. Chamb

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A Tightening Oregon Job Market By Anthony K. Smith National Federation of Independent Business As Oregon’s economy continues to grow, the many measurable benefits of expansion are evident. State economists at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis have recently reported a number of encouraging statistics: job creation con

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Second Look: Supreme Court to Revisit Constitutionality of Mandatory Public Sector Union Fees By Lindsey M. Tran Ballard Law On September 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will once again consider the issue of whether unions can force non-member public employees to pay union “agency fees” or “fair share f

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Paper Cuts: Oregon’s Declining Paper Industry Oregon Workforce and Economic Information  Paper manufacturing began in Oregon with the Pioneer Paper Manufacturing Company in 1866, but the mill closed in less than a year. The Clackamas Paper Manufacturing Company opened in 1868 and was followed by Willamette Pulp and Paper

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Too Late To Fix Pers By Fooling Oregonians By Scott Shepard Cascade Policy Institute Governor Kate Brown’s task force, assigned to find ways to cut Oregon’s yawning unfunded PERS pension liability, is approaching its November 1 reporting deadline. Governor Brown is relatively new at her job, so perhaps she can be forgiv

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P White House and Congressional Leaders Reveal Sweeping Tax Reform Plan National Federation of Independent Businesses The administration’s proposal would cut taxes and repeal the death tax, marking a good starting point on reform. The White House and Congressional leaders on Wednesday unveiled a new framework for tax

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Oregon Metro GDP, 2016 By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Hot on the heels of metro level household income data, we now get the annual metro GDP figures as well. In stepping back and looking at the bigger picture, the metro GDP growth looks like one would expect. There is a good reason […]

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By Mark Hester, Oregon Business and Industry The Senate Workforce Committee devoted more than two hours of its Legislative Days meeting to testimony on Paid Family Leave (PFL), which remains a priority for Democratic leadership. Though PFL legislation, as currently proposed, would require a tax and therefore a 60% supermajo

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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation NFL sponsor, Nike Inc., released a statement Monday in response to Trump’s Friday comments directed at the NFL. Nike took the lead among three NFL sponsors, including Ford and Hyundai, in issuing a definitive statement fully siding with players’ rights to protest: “Nike

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Building Permits in Oregon by Felicia Bechtoldt Oregon Workforce and Economic Information Oregon’s population continues to grow, led by migration to the state. Housing availability for both buyers and renters has become a concern in many local areas. Oregon’s population added more than 600,000 residents between 2001 and

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NFIB Tells Senate Finance that Tax Reform Must Start with Small Business By Jack Mozloom National Federation of Independent Business Small businesses need rate parity, lower taxes, simplified code, says National Federation of Independent Business The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) told the Senate Finance

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by Mark Hester Oregon Business & Industry The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Unfunded Actuarial Liability (UAL) Task Force described each of its first two meetings as “brainstorming,” but it’s already clear that most of the proposals discussed so far would create a storm of controversy. Perh

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Oregon Metro Incomes by Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis As our office continues to upack the latest Census data, we will share some of the findings here, and in our quarterly forecast presentations and documents. Today, a quick look at household incomes across Oregon’s metropolitan areas. We will wait for t

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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, Social media has given small businesses a way to vent everyday frustrations. This was found especially true as nearly 3,000 people have liked a story about a Portland doughnut shop confronting thieves who stole a coffee mug. Here is a synopsis of the story they posted on Face

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Oregon retailers need help in drug, theft law reforms By Oregon Prosperity Project A panel of retail and law enforcement representatives discussed recent trends related to drug laws, sentencing reform and retail theft at the Council of State Retail Association’s (CSRA) Annual Meeting in Portland earlier this month. Th

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Retailers Cite Equifax As Need For Uniform Data Breach Law J. Craig Shearman National Retail Federation “Hackers do not discriminate as to the type of business they attack.” The National Retail Federation and other industry associations are telling Congress that any new federal law on data breach notification sh

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Governor Brown Wants Oregonians to “Take One for the Global Team” over CO2 By John A. Charles, Jr. Cascade Policy Institute Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced her intention to pass legislation in the short session of 2018 to place a regulatory limit on emissions of carbon dioxide by large industrial sources. Once

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Oregon Payrolls Dropped 9,500 Jobs in August Via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information In August, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 9,500 jobs, following a revised gain of 7,400 in July. This was the first seasonally adjusted decline in seven months. Oregon’s unemployment rate rose to 4.1 percent in

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Whose Money Is Your Oregon Kicker Refund? By Steve Buckstein and Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute State economists have confirmed that individual Oregon income taxpayers will receive kicker refunds next year. Based on the May revenue forecast, more than $463 million will be returned to taxpayers as a credit on their

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Rescission of DACA and the Impact on Employers By Tyler Volm Barran Liebman  The Trump Administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program put in place under President Obama in 2012. DACA allows people who arrived in the United States as undocumented immigrant children

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New Post-Implementation Data Indicates Investors Are Worse Served By U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released new research that shows the harmful, unintended consequences of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. In an effort to monitor the impact of the rule on investors and those saving fo

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Impact of Natural Disasters By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Parts of Houston are still flooded. Florida looks to be next. Fires burn across the west. As our lungs here in Oregon fill with smoke, I am finding myself rereading some literature on natural disasters. What follows are a few summary thoughts base

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Revenue Forecast Illustrates Oregon’s Fiscal Insanity Via The Oregon Prosperity Project Last week’s revenue forecast from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis officially closed the books on the 2015-17 biennium. And the final chapter underscored the insanity of Oregon’s current fiscal system. Revenue increased more

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Oregon Population Forecasts Via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information Oregon’s population is projected to grow from today’s level of just over 4 million to about 6.2 million in 2065. In absolute terms, the “prime working age” (those 25 to 64 years old) group has the largest population and will continue this tren

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