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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute A deep, dynamic, fluid, flexible labor market is supposed to be one of America’s economic strengths and competitive advantages. Jobs are created, jobs are destroyed as a changing market demands. Workers come and go, always looking for better-paying, more-fulfilling

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Portland web race speeds up — yet bad laws may slow it down. By Oregon tax News Thanks to Centurylink and Frontier the internet speed race in Portland just went from being lagging behind to being a national city frontrunner. In August, CenturyLink announced it is bringing much gigbit service to Portland which will be

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm DOL Proposes Equal Pay Report Requirement for Contractors In an effort to combat persistent wage gaps between male and female workers (reports indicate women earn just 77¢ for each $1 earned by men), the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a rule that would require federal contractors and s

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm According to the National Labor Relations Board website, the Board “protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.” In practice, the Board does not always adhere to this idealistic view of it

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By NIKE Matthew Nurse and the Nike Sport Research team provide an inside look at the high-tech research facilities inside the lab at Nike’s World Headquarters, shedding light on how they turn data into innovation for athletes everywhere. How was Nike’s sport research lab formed? The research lab was started in Nike

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB (Originally published in Salem Business Journal) It’s an election year, which means it’s time to drag the old tax-reform issue out of the attic and blow the cobwebs off of it. Just how important are tax issues to small business? In a survey of small businesses ranking 75 issues of […]

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By Walter Olson CATO Institute A former employee has filed a lawsuit charging that Vanguard Group, the gigantic ($2 trillion under management) and very successful mutual fund company, provides services to the funds it manages at “artificially low,” “at-cost” prices, which may be beneficial to investors in those fund

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By Technology Association of Oregon. Maybe it’s just the season: It’s the end of summer and time to get back to work. It seems like several tech companies in Portland checked their fall forecasts and decided they needed to ramp up new talent hires to meet the coming workload. eBay has had a Portland presence […]

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Gert Boyle: From $100M secret donor to video humor By Oregon Small Business Association It was a mystery on who donated $100 million to OHSU this year. After some media pressure OHSU decided to make public their previously secret donor on their Facebook page and also a You Tube video (see below). The video depicts […]

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By Oregon Employment Department by Nick Beleiciks As of January 1, 2014, Oregon’s minimum wage is $9.10. Oregon has the second highest minimum wage in the nation behind our neighbor to the north, Washington, at $9.32. Nationwide, the minimum wage is $7.25. Over the past decade in Oregon, the minimum wage has been abou

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Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog I pop my head up above the earth to post this little gem from the wonderful New York Times’ Upshot blog. They have one for each state and it is some fun clicking. The graphic here does not label the vertical lines but they are, moving […]

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By Oregon Department of Justice Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 41 other state Attorneys General reached a $35 million settlement with Pfizer Inc, the parent company of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., to resolve allegations that Wyeth promoted immunosuppressive drug Rapamune for off-label uses. As one of two lead st

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation By Michael Hendrix Why own something when you can subscribe to it? That’s the question being posed in more parts of the economy than we ever imagined. While the sharing economy—think Craigslist and AirBnB—has caught a lot of attention lately, I think it’s simply one part of a broa

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City of Hillsboro, Representatives of Washington County, the City of Hillsboro and Intel Corporation announced that a proposed agreement has been reached for Intel to invest up to $100 billion in the county. The announcement culminates negotiations under Oregon’s Strategic Investment Program (SIP), a private-public partne

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By Steve Buckstein, Cascade Policy Institute Eighty-four percent of Oregonians support allowing union employees to leave their union without force or penalty, a concept generally referred to as Right to Work. That’s the finding of a new poll, released today by Cascade Policy Institute as part of National Employee Freedom

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Almost Half of Oregon’s Job Vacancies are Difficult to Fill by Jessica Nelson, Jul-21-2014 Oregon Employment Department Businesses reported that almost half (48%) of Oregon’s job vacancies in 2013 were “difficult to fill,” according to a new report from the Oregon Employment Department.Major findings

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University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon Weak employment data in June contributed to a drop in the Oregon Measure of Economic Activity. Highlights of the report include: - The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity to -0.60 compared to a revised 0.68 the previous mo

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute What happens to the unemployed in the worst labor market in living memory when their long-term jobless benefits end? Some people, including many Republican lawmakers, had a theory: ending benefits would give the unemployed a nudge. With no more government checks comi

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Business News Note: Microsoft’s 14,000 layoffs may have an impact in the NW. The main cause has been their focus in one particular industry sector — mobile devices. Oregon financial professional, Jason Norris of Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc., explains to KGW-TV news that Microsoft is “determined

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB (Originally published in Salem Business Journal) Has our public employment retirement system (PERS) in Oregon been so successful that we should force it on private enterprise by law? Oregon’s current PERS deficit is in the billions. Add it to other public retirement systems around the nation, a

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Executive Order Extends Ban on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Discrimination President Obama has signed an executive order which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Effective immediately, this protection extends to mos

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By NFIB After a promising 3 month run, June’s Optimism Index fell 1.6 points to 95.0. While job components improved, capital outlays and planned spending faded along with expectations for improving business conditions. Overall only two Index components improved, two were unchanged, and six fell. “The only two index comp

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation By Michael Hendrix It’s been an open question for some time whether personal data could be effectively de-identified. That is, could we handle and analyze mass datasets without exposing individual’s personal information? Some have contended that the answer is “no.” But a recent pa

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NW software giant Microsoft is in federal court today over the privacy of emails.  The issue revolves around the protection of emails held outside U.S. borders and whether a US warrant can force access.  Below is a defense of email privacy by Brad Smith who represents general counsel for Microsoft. By Brad Smith Microsoft

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Cascade Policy Institute By Everet Rummel, research associate On July 2, the Portland City Council held a hearing on proposed amendments to the Zoning Code concerning short-term rentals. The council chambers were packed with citizens who support legalizing renting one or two bedrooms from a primary residence. An emerging se

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By Technology Association of Oregon. Venture capital funding in Oregon hit a high in the first six months of 2014, raising more investment dollars in the first half of the year than in all of 2013. According to the Oregonian, Dow Jones VentureSource reported that Oregon startups raised $174 million in venture capital invest

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Dennis Morgan, Volunteer Executive Director Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) Employers of all sizes understand that employees need time off to address personal or family health issues, which is why the vast majority of employers voluntarily offer generous paid leave benefits. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statis

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute Some people really don’t like “big box” retailers. The openings of new stores, particularly in cities, are frequently accompanied by protests. Recall that Occupy Wall Street targeted retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. Critics knock these compa

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm ADA Dog Days – Service Animals and Reasonable Accommodation The Bullard Edge loves dogs. My pup Jimmy turns 2 today and I have attached his picture (a black and brown mini Dachshund). Jimmy also relates (allow me some leeway here) to this week’s question in the (fictional) mailbag. J

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Congressman Greg Walden & House pass Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, Press Release The Internet is possibly the most important technological advancement since the printing press. Governments’ hands off approach has enabled the internet to rapidly grow into a powerful engine for our e

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