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National Federation of Independent Business, U.S. shoppers spent a record high of an estimated $19.6 billion at independent retailers and restaurants this Small Business Saturday, compared with $14.6 billion spent online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to recently released studies. According to the 2019 S

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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Construction Employment at Record Highs Oregon’s construction industry reached a record high number of jobs in recent months, employing an average of 108,000 during the 12 months ending with October 2019. The industry added jobs steadily and rapidly in recent years, following a p

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OSHA Distracted Driving: Best Practices for Employer Policies By Wilson Jarrell Barran Liebman LLP, NW Law firm Did you know that according to OSHA, more workers are killed every year in motor vehicle crashes than by any other cause? The holidays are approaching faster than you think, and more and […] The po

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Nike shoes and other products won’t be available at Amazon.com after the sports apparel company severed its two-year relationship with the giant online retailer. Customers will be able to buy Nike products directly from the company’s website, app, and outlet stores or at brick-an

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Oregon taxpayers may see an even larger “kicker,” a credit on their 2019 personal state income tax returns, than previously anticipated. Previously, taxpayers were expected to receive an average $370 million refund in 2020 — now that kicker tax refund may grow much

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US Chamber of Commerce, The U.S. Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) released facial recognition policy principles today to guide policymakers as they consider legislative proposals pertaining to the development and use of facial recognition technology. The seven guiding principles were released after gather

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Oregon Court of Appeals: Employers are Strictly Liable for Employees Who Do Not Take Full Meal Breaks By Sarah Hale & Josh Goldberg Barran Liebman LLP, NW Law firm The obligations of an employer to provide meal and rest breaks for employees just became more onerous with the Oregon Court […] The post

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By Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon is less than three months away from the next meeting of the Legislature and cap-and-trade is coming back. While California is setting the cap-and-trade example with sky-high power rates and rolling blackouts, Oregon’s State Senator Michael Dembrow is reworking the bill that failed to

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By Josh Lehner, Oregon office of Economic Analysis The longest running U.S. economic expansion marches on. Growth has slowed in 2019 and downside risks remain elevated. However, a recession is not yet seen in the data. Importantly, the two primary causes for concern are either improving – the yield curve […]

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Congressman Greg Walden, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on the safety and national security concerns over the U.S. reliance on drugs and pharmaceutical ingredients manufactured abroad. As Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Wald

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By National Federation of Independent Business Here’s how Small Business Saturday has helped showcase small business owners and stimulate local economies. The post The enclosed graphic d

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By Oregon Small Business Association, After a two-week federal civil trial, jurors determined that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Local 8 in Portland caused $93.6 million in damages to the last container ship terminal operator at the Port of Portland. ICTSI Oregon Inc., which operated a container shi

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Oregon US Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised Google’s decision to end microtargeting of political ads, which it announced last night. Wyden first called for an end to microtargeted online ads in August, and again in additional views to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on election interfer

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By Rachel Dawson Cascade Policy Institute The Northwest Power and Conservation Council regularly assesses the adequacy of our region’s power supply using a loss of load probability (LOLP). This measure informs us that power supply is not adequate if 5% or more modeled simulations show insufficient generating capacity a

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By National Federation of Independent Business, Forty-eight business groups joined in strong opposition to Title IV of S. 2563, the Improving Laundering Laws and Increasing Comprehensive Information Tracking of Criminal Activity in Shell Holdings Act. The so-called ILLICIT CASH Act would impose duplicative, burdensome re

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Tim Duy, University of Oregon Economic Indicators This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for September 2019. The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to o.o4 in September, up from a downwardly revised -0.27 in August. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving averag

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By State Senator Alan Olsen Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources Excerpts from “The Reality of Cap & Trade” I would first like to state that climate change is happening, has happened in the past, back to the beginning of the earth, and will happen in the future. The […] The p

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State Representative Gary Leif Release, Rep. Gary Leif Awarded ‘Legislator of the Year’ from the Associated Liquor Stores of Oregon Salem, ORE – Over the weekend the Associated Liquor Stores of Oregon presented Representative Gary Leif (R-Roseburg) with the 2019 ‘Legislator of the Year Award”. “As a Legislato

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Nike shoes and other products won’t be available at Amazon.com after the sports apparel company severed its two-year relationship with the giant online retailer. Customers will be able to buy Nike products directly from the company’s website, app, and outlet stores or at brick-an

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By U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer, Neil Bradley, released the following statement in regards to the Supreme Court hearing on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): “It is extremely disappointing that we’ve reached a point where Congress has left the future of hundreds o

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US Attorney, Oregon District Release, Quan Jiang, 30, a Chinese national and former engineering student at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for trafficking fake and altered Apple iPhones. According to court documents,

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By Josh Lehner, Oregon Economic Analysis, One forecasting challenge is we do not know what the 11th or 12th year of an economic expansion looks like. We’ve never been here before. Our baseline forecast calls for ongoing, but slowing growth as we run into supply side constraints. However, that is […] The po

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Q&A created by Oregon Transformation Newsletter, Third Century Solutions, Q and A with Cheri Helt, Oregon State Representative, House District 54-Bend According to your website you grew up in a working class family in Michigan in the 1980s. Why did you and your husband Steve choose Bend as home? Steve […]

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By Oregon Employment Department, In 2018, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 4.8 percent, according to the Current Population Survey. Overall, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in 2018. Across the U.S., veterans had a lower unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. About 296,000 veterans lived in Oregon

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Walmart Release, During the annual Veterans Day celebration at its Home Office today, Walmart announced it has hired more than 243,000 veterans nationwide since launching the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in 2013. The Company also reported more than 39,000 veteran associates have earned promotions since joining the Wa

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By National Federation of Independent Business Small businesses across the country are feeling the continued effects of the worker shortage, as it remained their top problem in October. Owners added an average addition of 0.12 workers per firm, generally unchanged from September, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report

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Oregon Employment Department Release, Most of the statewide increase was driven by the large gains in Washington and Multnomah counties. These two counties in the Portland metro area are home to more than 1.4 million Oregonians (about one-third of the state’s population) and more than $51 billion in payroll (slightly [

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Wall Street Journal Editorial, 11/4/19 The Supreme Court has bolstered both state and property rights in recent decades, but on Tuesday it will mediate an ostensible conflict between the two. States argue they can’t be sued for copyright infringement, but sovereign immunity isn’t a constitutional license to steal int

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Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Top Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee submitted a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia calling on the Department to publish legally required estimates about the full impact of its proposed tip rule on American workers. The proposed rule, published

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By Anthony K. Smith Oregon NFIB A brand-new tax on companies doing business in Oregon kicks in on January 1, but if you’re looking for guidance from the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) about how much you might owe next year, you’ll have to wait a few more months. The […] The post

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