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By National Retail Federation The National Retail Federation asked Congress to reject legislation that would both undermine competition and repeal the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit card swipe fees. The proposed bill would unleash new, higher, hidden swipe fees that could more than double without competitive routing optio

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By Fred Thompson, Oregon Economics Blog So far, my criticisms have been directed to the pro-97 camp – to claims like Gov. Brown’s that “there is a basic unfairness in our tax system that makes working families pay an increasing share for state and local services.” Not so. Oregon has long had one of the […]

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog The big economic news last week wasn’t our office’s forecast, but the big jump in median household incomes nationwide. Two separate reports showed two different numbers: the Current Population Survey gains were 5.2% and the American Community Survey gains were 3.8%.

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Sen. Wyden featured in Snowden film By Oregon Small Business Association U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has now been seen in two major motion pictures in the past two years over a single question. First it was the 2016 Oscar winning documentary on Eric Snowden entitled The Fourth Citizen. The film features a news clip showing [R

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by Deidra Krys-Rusoff Senior Vice President Ferguson Wellman, A leading Oregon financial firm Despite volatility, the stock market appears to heading for a slight gain of around 0.5 percent for the week [12th-16th]. Bond yields trended higher, with the benchmark 10-year trading at 1.66 percent versus last Friday’s level o

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog One of the defining features of the Great Recession is the housing bubble that preceded it and set the stage for the collapse. The regions of the county that experienced the biggest bubble, also experienced the largest fallout when it burst. One item our office has [

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By Oregon Prosperity Project Pendleton, home of the Pendleton Roundup, held a very different type of rodeo August 18-19. The first Pendleton Ag Drone Rodeo shared at least one trait with traditional events such as the Pendleton Roundup that started more than a century ago: It showcased activities that can be useful to farme

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By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Changes in our country relating to overtime work are finally upon us. As of December 1, 2016 employers will be required to pay employees classified as exempt from overtime a salary of at least $47,476 a year or $913 a week. If an employee currently defined as exempt does [R

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Congressmen Peter DeFazio Release, Congressmen Peter DeFazio, Randy Forbes, Dan Lipinski and more than fifty lawmakers urged Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to investigate the pending joint venture with the North Carolina-based rail manufacturing company, Ver

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US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, It wasn’t long ago when a person in the United States could make a middle class living as long as he or she had an alarm clock and a good work ethic. These jobs often required routine work where a person didn’t need to have broad skill sets to earn […]

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Oregon Business News Update, Edward Snowden was interviewed by John Oliver and included a new phone case that hides your location.

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By Dr. Eric Fruits, Oregon Economist On Demand Newsletter Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based mobile game available on iPhones and Android devices. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. It makes use of GPS

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog This Oregon Employment Department released the initial estimates for June 2016 in terms of jobs and the unemployment rate. Overall the data continue to bring good news, even as the unemployment rate ticked up a bit. The reason being is the state continues to add jobs [&

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By Oregon Employment Department Oregon businesses reported 47,600 vacancies in spring 2016. That’s an increase of 6,400 from winter, but 5,700 fewer job vacancies than the all-time high of 53,300 in spring 2015. Oregon’s construction industry, which has shown impressive job growth recently, reported 4,700 job va

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Congressman Kurt Schrader Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5), Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-7) introduced legislation that will initiate a reasonable three-year phase-in of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The new rule, proposed in May, raise

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By Cascade Policy Institute, Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy. An economic research center at Portland State University just came out with its report on the measure, funded by the measure’s spon

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Oregon Department of Revenue, As of May 30, the Department of Revenue has processed $14.9 million in marijuana tax payments this year. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January. The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm By Josephine Ko The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has published its Final Rule modernizing the guidelines that prohibit sex discrimination in employment for covered federal contractors. This follows on the heels of Executive Order 11246, which broadly proscribes

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, Speaking at the Open Technology Institute , Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., warned that proposed changes to expand government hacking and surveillance powers pose a dangerous threat to the security of power plants and other critical infrastructure connected to the internet, as well as Americans

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By Oregon Employment Department, How would a wage of $78,500 strike you? Probably as a really good wage, but not an absolutely spectacular one. Now, how would you like to make that much every three months for a total annual wage of $314,000? Welcome to the world of the top 1 percent. There were roughly […]

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By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Fighting Lodging Tax Creep In virtually every corner of the state, local and county governments seem to have their eyes fixed on lodging taxes and opportunities to raise them. The recent successes of the lodging industry are being widely reported as more tourists find themselv

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By NFIB Oregon’s economy has recovered since the recession, but younger workers lag behind. If younger generations are our future, that future might not be so bright if current trends continue. Oregon had the fourth-highest youth unemployment rate in 2015 at 22.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 201

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm BOLI Issues Final Rule on Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Law By Amy Angel and Nicole Elgin Oregon’s new tiered minimum wage law is poised to go into effect on July 1. The new scheme divides the state into three wage regions (Portland Metro, “nonurban” counties, and everywhere else) and

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By NFIB The National Labor Relations Board new joint employer standard would make small businesses liable for unlawful labor practices committed by entities completely outside of their control, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in a brief filed before the D.C. Court of Appeals. “The NLRB’s new

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By By Michael G. McClory , Bullard Law, Portland law firm I grew up watching hockey. While I rooted for the LA Kings, these were the pre-Gretzky days and the Kings name seemed ironic. Some of the best hockey was in Philadelphia where the Flyers, led by Rick MacLeish, Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber won […]

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog On the backs of the consumer and the strengthening labor market, the U.S. economic expansion continues. Weakness and uncertainty remain in terms of the global economy, financial markets and the goods-producing industries. However, as the U.S. economy enters the seventh

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Associated Oregon Industries The nonpartisan Oregon Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) released a report to the House and Senate Revenue Committees highlighting the devastating effects that Initiative Petition 28 (IP28) would have on the Oregon economy. The report is packed with information illustrating how damaging and costl

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog People have been moving to Oregon in droves ever since Lewis and Clark. Migration is a key driver to our economic growth and the Northwest more broadly. That is one reason our office regularly studies and discusses migration, demographics and population growth. The Paci

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement  praising House passage of the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016”: “This common-sense legislation will help bring regulatory relief to the business community and stat

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By Oregon Medical Association The OMA’s Board of Trustees met last weekend at the Oregon Medical Education Foundation Conference Center in Portland.  From patient privacy and information access, to the opioids epidemic, to aid in dying, the all-volunteer board engaged in meaningful dialogue surrounding real issues physic

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