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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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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation A study on the revenue potential of recreational marijuana that was promoted during Oregon’s legalization ballot push last fall is $60 million less than the state’s most recent budget projection. That figure gap is even bigger if one accounts for the costs associated with sta

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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate The issue of corporate tax disclosure – embodied in HB 2077 – continues to rear its ugly head as the bill gets continually scheduled for committee work in the waning weeks of session. The amendments being considered for HB 2077 require the public

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Marcus Mariota scores the number #1 NFL jersey sales in recent ranking. By Oregon Small Business Association The NFL’s online store reported that May jersey sales reveal the surging popularity of former Oregon Duck’s champion Marcus Mariota as his new Tennessee Titans jersey became the top selling jersey of all

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog The fact that Oregon has below average income, by any conventional measure, has been well documented. See the Employment Department’s report or the library of work from ECONorthwest on the subject. Below, I simply update the standard per capita income figures and also

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Fred Thompson, Oregon Economics Blog A quick Google search suggests that the phrase “politics makes for strange bedfellows” first appeared in an ancient Sanskrit text and was probably in fairly wide usage when Charles Dudley Warner in My Summer in the Garden (1870) punned “raspberries are sprawled all over the strawbe

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged lifting the federal ban on industrial hemp, which has a wide variety of uses and economic benefits in Oregon and nationwide. Hemp-based products contributed about $620 million to the U.S. economy in 2014, but current federal regulations prohibit farmers fro

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Paid sick leave mandate, SB 454, to cost Oregon small business a half billion By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon small businesses are about to be hit with a half billion government mandate. The paid sick leave mandate, SB 454, is advancing in the Oregon Legislature and will cost businesses over a half billion doll

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By Michael Hendrix, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Peter Thiel, the legendary co-founder of PayPal, says that the greatest threat to technological growth in America is a culture that embraces conformity. “I worry that the conformity problem is worse today than it was in the ‘50s,” said Thiel at an event hosted by

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Dave’s Killer Bread expands to all 50 states By Oregon Small Business Association By the end of May, Dave’s Killer Bread will be available in all 50 states. The Milwaukie organic bread company has expanded explosively since Dave Dahl, fresh out of prison, first began to sell his experimental bread at the Portland Farmer

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB Bill would raise attorney fees. Small business owners could see a 5 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums under a bill being considered in the Oregon legislature. House Bill 2764 would raise attorney fees and create new scenarios in which fees could be awarded. “Oregon’s worker

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