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NFIB, The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582 & S. 150) would lead to massive job losses, lost production, and income reduction on a national scale, according to a newly released economic forecast from the NFIB Research Center. If the bill becomes law, there would be approximately 1.6 million fewer jobs in the United States

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By Miranda Bonifield Cascade Policy Institute, Remember that emotional final episode of the now-classic sitcom Friends? As the group reminisces about the New York apartment that served as the stage for most of the show, Chandler tells his newborn child, “This was your first home…and thanks to rent control, it was a s

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Motorists traveling on I-5 and I-205 through Portland during peak travel times are likely to pay a freeway toll in the not-too-distant future. The Federal Highway Administration requested more information but, in a letter Jan. 8, indicated the Oregon Transportation Commission’s request

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis The best economic news in recent years is the growth seen in household incomes. They are rising as we have more Oregonians employed who are working more hours and for higher pay. Oregon’s growth has been considerably stronger than what is experienced in the typical stat

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There is a large amount of turnover in the labor market every month, as many people move between categories of employed, unemployed, and not in the labor force. Movements between these categories are known as “flows.” People move between these categories for several reasons, which generally are considered to be volun

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By Oregon Family Farm Association, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has proposed regulating marijuana like alcohol. HB 420, a bill introduced in Congress recently, would take marijuana off the list of federally controlled substances. Since the 1970s, the number

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Oregon Attorney General Press Release, Leading a coalition of 31 state Attorneys General, Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the federal agency to not only maintain its “Identity Theft Rules”, also called “Red Flag Rules”, but, in light of technological ad

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By Oregon Small Business Association, The carbon tax bill, HB 2020, also known as Carbon Cap-and-Trade would have a big price tag for Oregon small businesses and their customers. Residential customers in Oregon who use natural gas are likely to see their rates increase by 11 percent—or $74—in 2021, the first year Ore

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Alaska Air Press Release, Employees of Alaska Air Group companies Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are receiving $120 million in incentive bonuses. For most employees, this equates to more than 6.5 percent of their annual pay in 2018. The company’s annual bonus, called Performance Based Pay (PBP), is determined by m

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Oregon Congressman Greg Walden Press Release, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) raised concerns about a $32 trillion government-run health care system during a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The latest ‘solution’ from the Democratic Party is a government takeover of healthcare, cal

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Collectors of rare or collectible liquors are irritated that they can’t buy bottles from Oregon liquor stores, which keep their limited stock to sell to bars and restaurants. Justin Lehr of Portland, founder of the Portland Bourbon and Spirits Society Facebook group, told KGW telev

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By Oregon NIFB, There’s never a rest for the small-business-owning weary. Congratulations to the small businesses that made it through the holiday party season without incident. Now, another happy occasion approaches, one also potentially fraught with legal trouble—Valentine’s Day. “Employers should always be on

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NLRB Reinstates Longstanding Independent Contractor Standard By Trevor Caldwell & Kyle Abraham Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm Companies using independent contractors or franchisees take note – the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently overruled its 2014 FedEx decision, reinstating its longstanding independ

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Last year, union membership in Oregon dropped by 7.6 percent, registering the sixth largest drop in the country. According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2017 to 2018, Oregon unions lost 20,000 members. This is the eighth largest drop in the countr

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US Senator Ron Wyden Release, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined their colleagues in introducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. “Equal pay isn’t jus

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Ferguson Wellman Oregon based Capitol Management Firm by Peter Jones, CFA Vice President of Research One of the four takeaways from our 2019 Economic Outlook is “Increased Turbulence” which has been in full force this winter. In December, the S&P 500 lost 13.5 percent, including the “Christmas Eve Massacre,”

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Oregon Business & Industry, Statement by Oregon Business & Industry About the Oregon Climate Action Program Oregon Business & Industry is pleased to see that the much-anticipated carbon reduction bill has finally been released so Oregonians can begin to understand the impacts of this proposed legislation. We

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis I was invited to testify about housing supply at the inaugural meeting of the Senate Committee on Housing. I was joined by Mike Kingsella, Executive Director of Up For Growth. Combined, the two of us covered the low levels of new construction, housing supply constraints,

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon tax bill HB 2116 could threaten the survival of low income workers by adding an extremely restrictive compliance rule that would impact tens of thousands of occupational licenses holders. Oregon is rated as one of the worst states for occupational licensing and the legislature

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By Oregon restaurant and Lodging Association With a Democrat supermajority in both the Oregon House and Senate, ORLA’s Policy Committee will be fine tuning the hospitality industry’s approach to the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session which began officially on Tuesday, January 22. The following are potential components t

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation Ina  sign of the times, on Thursday the Portland airport had a box accepting food donations for federal airport workers and by Saturday it was taken down as the shutdown ended.  The Willamette Week reported that almost 2,000 federal workers in Oregon have applied for unemplo

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NIKE Press Release, Nike released its first Black History Month product, a limited-edition Air Force 1, in 2005. That singular effort has since evolved into a yearly collection, each celebrating African American heritage and a more inclusive world for all athletes. This year’s BHM collection, highlighted by iconic

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Winemakers, brewmasters and the manufacturers of liquors who planned to debut new labels for national release in 2019 are finding those plans thwarted by the federal government shutdown. That’s because they can’t obtain the necessary federal approval for their new concoctions fro

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State economists estimated the $15 flat tax on bike sales would generate more than half of what it’s actually bringing into state coffers. The unique excise tax on bicycles costing more than $200, created by state lawmakers in 2017 to help fund transportation improvements, took effect a year ago. Since then, according

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10 of the Legislature’s biggest business with a tax bite By Oregon Small Business Association, More than two dozen bills have been introduced in the Oregon Legislature to raise taxes on businesses. Here are some of the worst ones 1. A 60% business property tax hike: Taxing business property at real market value (RMV),

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By Jason W. Douthit Bullard Law, Oregon law firm In September, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed three bills collectively called Tax Reform 2.0 (referring to a sequel to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act which was signed into law in late 2017). One of the bills, HR 6757 (Family Savings Act of 2018), wil

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US Attorney, Oregon District Press Release Statement. A one-count indictment was unsealed in federal court today charging Kermit Tyler Poulson, 39, with transmitting threatening communications with the intent to extort Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Using social media to extort or threaten violence against any citizen is

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Ferguson Wellman Oregon based Capitol Management Firm The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the annual inflation adjustments for a number of tax provisions for 2019. These went into effect January 1, 2019 and are not intended to be used for 2018 tax returns. We fully recognize that most of our clients are curre

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Josh Lehner, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis A couple years ago we examined Oregon’s diversity and the fact that Oregon’s foreign-born population is fairly similar to, albeit smaller than the U.S. as a whole. Now, Oregon does have a somewhat larger Mexican-born population, but many such residents moved to the U.S.

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Many of the new taxes unveiled this month involve taxing tourists. This is important because Oregon just doubled the hotel and lodging tax back in 2016 and now lawmakers are eyeing the tourists that visit those hotels. Senate Bill 28 would tax tourists in many ways from what they buy

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