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By NFIB, America’s small businesses are continuing their hiring spree, with a net addition of 0.32 workers per firm, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, released recently. However, 25 percent of all owners cited the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their Single Most Important Business Problem, matching

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By Cascade Policy Institute, According to the state’s Global Warming Commission, Oregon has already met its goal of reducing per-capita carbon dioxide emissions to levels that are 20% below 1990 emissions by the year 2020. In fact, we met the goal four years ago. Are state legislators celebrating this achievement? [

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By Oregon NFIB, It’s now Day 137 of the 160-day Oregon Legislative Session. The end is in sight, but we still have some tough battles ahead of us. In brief: Cap and Trade Bill Still Clinging to Life: The cap-and-trade bill (HB 2020) is still alive, but major questions about […] The post

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Wall Street Journal Editorial, California’s regulatory regime is enough to give anyone the jitters, so good news that the state signed off on a new rule admitting that coffee won’t kill you. Roasted coffee beans contain a chemical called acrylamide, which is also found in roughly 40% of calories Americans […]

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By Charlotte Hodde & Amy Angel Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm The Governor has signed into law two new employment laws protecting working mothers. The first requires reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and childbirth and the second expands on existing requirements to provide breaks for nursing mothers to express

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The Chamber issued a key vote in support of passage of the bill. […] Th

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Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity fell to 0.41 in April, down from an upwardly-revised 0.74 in March. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, slid t

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Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Here is a quick, updated look at estate taxes in Oregon. This is a follow-up, as promised, to our recent work looking at the income distribution and wealth. Recent years have brought record-breaking estate tax collections that have been significantly stronger than our [̷

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U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley  demanded Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) answer questions about its proposed layoffs of nearly 200 people in Hermiston and the damage those job cuts would do to worker safety, transportation and the regional economy. “These UPRR decisions to reduce jobs […

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US Attorney Oregon District Release, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced that two Nigerian nationals have been charged in a 13-count indictment alleging they engaged in an online scheme to defraud victims of bitcoin virtual currency. In an indictment filed on April 18, 2019, Onwuemerie Ogor Gift, 24, and Kelvin [&#

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By Oregon Small Business Association, According to the U.S. Census Bureau Census Bureau, fourth quarter 2018 rental vacancy rate for the Portland/ Vancouver/ Hillsboro metro area was 2.4%, a decrease of 0.2% from a year earlier. The Portland Metro area ties with New Haven-Milford for the third lowest rental vacancy [R

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By Sarah Hale Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Washington’s pay equity law has been amended to generally prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s wage or salary history and to impose new disclosure requirements on salary ranges. The amendments to the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (“EPOA”) take ef

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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s 2018 Natural Population Increase Was the Lowest on Record In 2018, Oregon’s population increased by 54,200 to 4,195,300. This marked growth of 1.3 percent over the year, and growth of 9.5 percent since the 2010 Census. Portland State University’s Population Research Center

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By Richard Hunt Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Although the Oregon legislature, like many other states, has constrained employers’ ability to enforce non‑competition agreements, employers continue to have the ability to protect themselves by adopting and enforcing confidentiality/non‑disclosure agreements and non

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By Oregon Attorney General, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers to avoid returning unknown phone calls. Consumers have reported waves of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night. These calls are

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By US Chamber, Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement following the administration’s announcement to end the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. “The Chamber applauds the administration’s decision to lift the tariffs on steel and aluminum

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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s workforce is aging. The number of Oregon jobs held by workers age 55 and over more than tripled from 1992 to 2017, while the total number of jobs grew by just 50 percent. Workers 55 years and over held just 10 percent of the jobs […] The post

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By Oregon Small Business Association, All good things must end, and such is the case with sales tax exemption for Oregon shoppers who spend money in Washington. The Democrat-controlled Washington Legislature revoked the sales tax exemption for Oregonians who show IDs in order to generate more than $53 million in […

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Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Reed (NY-23), Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Torres Small (NM-02) introduced bipartisan legislation, the USPS Fairness Act, to end the unfair pre-funding mandate for the United States Postal Service (USPS), solving the most pressing financial problem facing the age

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Anarchists opposed to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement vandalized the office of a Portland attorney representing local employees of the federal agency by tucking a garden hose through a mail slot and leaving it run over the weekend. The inundation soaked carpets, warped t

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By National Restaurant Association The National Restaurant Association, in collaboration with the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), introduced a new ServSafe Workplace online training module, “Understanding Unconscious Bias in Restaurants.” The curriculum uses industry-specific scenarios to

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By Dr. Eric Fruits Cascade Policy Institute Research published by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Oregon tax revenues are nearly 30 percent higher than the pre-recession peak. Only one other state has seen bigger growth in tax revenues. But even a gusher in tax revenues can’t keep pace with government spending. De

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Within hours of Republican State Senators returning to the legislature May 13 from a four day walkout, House Bill 3427 passed along party lines, 18-11. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Brown, who will sign it into law. The bill adds $1 billion a year to education spending w

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Economic growth over the long run is determined by the number of workers and how productive they are. The main reason Oregon outperforms the typical state over the entire business cycle is our stronger population growth. In particular, the influx of young, skilled househo

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Wall Street Editorial Board, 4/28/19 Arizona’s state motto is “Ditat Deus”—“God enriches”—but residents might want to thank Gov. Doug Ducey and lawmakers, too. This month they adopted three new licensing reforms that will make it easier to earn a decent living. The new law makes Arizona the first state to r

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Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, Press Release OSCC Opposes HB 3427 and the $2+ billion gross receipts tax for the following reasons: 1. Punitive: Gross receipts taxes are punitive on low margin businesses and are not connected with the ability to pay. For instance, a business with a 2% profit margin would pay an effect

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Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.66 in March, up from an upwardly-revised 0.50 in February. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, edged

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Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.66 in March, up from an upwardly-revised 0.50 in February. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average measure, which smooths out the volatility, edged

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon’s workforce is no longer the country’s most stoned, but is still got higher than in 2017. The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™, a comprehensive analysis of workforce drug use trends released April 11, 2019, shows Oregon at number 2, behind Maine. The study show

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon’s workforce is no longer the country’s most stoned, but is still got higher than in 2017. The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™, a comprehensive analysis of workforce drug use trends released April 11, 2019, shows Oregon at number 2, behind Maine. The study show

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