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U.S. Chamber President Reacts to Senate Health Care Proposal via U.S. Chamber of Commerce  U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today upon the release of the Senate discussion draft on health care: “The Senate health care bill will help to stabilize crumbling insuran

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  Schrader Bill to Prevent Forest Fires, Reduce Blackouts Passes the House Via Congressman Kurt Schrader Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5)’s bill to improve the safety and reliability of the electric grid on our federal lands, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, passed through the House with overwhelmi

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Twenty-Eight Counties Had Historic Low Unemployment Rates in May Oregon Workforce and Economic Information Twenty-eight counties were at or tied with their historic low unemployment rates. Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May at 2.8 percent. Grant County (6.7%) registered the high

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Teachers Union to Push Taxes on 2018 Ballot The proposed ballot measures would make it easier for the Legislature to increase business taxes, and impose a .95 percent gross receipts tax on certain corporations. via Oregon National Federation of Independent Businesses The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is pushing for two

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Willamette Valley Household Incomes (Graph of the Week) Oregon Office of Economic Analysis by Josh Lehner This edition of the Graph of the Week highlights improving household incomes here in the Willamette Valley. As we have discussed numerous times lately, the tight labor market has begun driving many positive economic tre

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Retail Sales Remain Flat in May by Treacy Reynolds National Retail Federation   Retail sales in May were essentially unchanged on a seasonally adjusted basis after an upwardly revised gain of 0.6 percent, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. In May, sales were 5.3 percent above th

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  OregonSaves Launches In July, Bringing New Requirements to Employers Cascade Employers Blog by Curtis Farmer What and When Beginning in July, employers in Oregon will have a new option for providing a retirement solution to their employees, but it brings with it a mandate for all employers to provide a qualified savi

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Oregon Recreational Marijuana Forcast By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis   SB 845, among other things, would give our office the recreational marijuana forecast responsibility. While not current law yet, we went ahead and produced such a forecast for the first time in our most recent quarterly forecast.

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Oregon Small Business Association Press Release The Oregon Small Business Association opposes HB 2830 and the business sales tax otherwise known as the gross receipts sales tax. Taxing business sales instead of taxing profits means you are taxing businesses when they are not making a profit. It also means you are taxing sma

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Bonamici Denounces House Bill to Roll Back Consumer Protections Financial CHOICE Act Severely Limits Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) voted against legislation that guts the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and rolls back protections of 2010’s Dodd-Frank financial refor

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Retailers Welcome Labor Department’s Withdrawl of Burdemsom Joint Employer Guidance Robin Roberts, National Retail Federation The National Retail Federation welcomed the announcement from the Labor Department that it would withdraw burdensome guidance issued under the Obama Administration significantly broadening the

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  Termination Because Of Medical Marijuana Cardholder Status Is Unlawful By Michael G. McClory, Bullard Law In an August 14, 2015 post, The Bullard Edge responded to a (fictional) mailbag letter from Isabel, an HR manager who planned to fire an employee because of his acquisition of a medical marijuana card. While Isab

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Budget Holes and New Taxes By Anthony K. Smith National Federation of Independent Business State economists recently released Oregon’s May Revenue Forecast. This is the official report that policymakers use to balance the state budget, so these projections will have a very real impact on the decisions that are made in Sal

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  Governor Signs Sweeping Pay Equity Law Barran Liebman Attorneys By Anthony D. Kuchulis and Andrew M. Narus Oregon Governor Brown signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 2017 to address pay disparities among women, minorities, and other protected classes. The Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from compensating certain p

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  The case of the missing transit money Cascade Policy Institute By John A. Charles, Jr. Last week the TriMet Board adopted a budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins on July 1. As usual, the budget shows no correlation between the levels of subsidies given to TriMet and the amount of service provided to […]

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Small Business Applauds SCOTUS for Curbing Lawsuit Venue Shopping High Court says plaintiffs can sue companies only in states where they’ve been injured or where the company resides: no more shopping around for the best odds Jack Mozloom, NFIB The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) welcomed a U.S. Supreme

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About That #1 Revenue Growth By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis  You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, we’ve all seen it. Oregon leads the nation in revenue growth. It sounds reasonable doesn’t it? Oregon’s economy is more volatile overall and generally outperforms the typical state. In recent years we’v

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by Mark Hester Associated Oregon Industries After almost a year of deliberations that included a statewide tour for public meetings and dozens of committee and subcommittee meetings, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization this week unveiled a draft transportation plan. There is no question that

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    Reasons for Unemployment in Oregon Oregon Workforce and Economic Information There are four major categories of the unemployed, based on a reason for unemployment: Job losers, who are on temporary or permanent layoff Job leavers, who voluntarily left a job and immediately began to look for another Re-entrants,

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  Agriculture’s Impact on Rural Employment Oregon Workforce and Economic Information The Employment Department has released a new special report: The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon. This is the third in a series of posts about several key takeaway points from the report. Agriculture is a critical industry i

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States at Full Employment, A Prime-Age EPOP Story Oregon Office OF Economic Analysis By Josh Lehner The key economic question economists are trying to answer today is whether or not the U.S. economy is at full employment. Given it is more a concept then a hard calculation, you look for signs in the data that […]

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  Retailers: ‘A Lot of Work Ahead’ For Health Care Reform by Treacy Reynolds, NFR The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Vice President for health care policy Neil Trautwein, following the Congressional Budget Office’s release of its latest score for the American Health Care Act. The

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  Repeal of 2013 cut, return of gross receipts tax idea have Main Street on edge NFIB Oregon A draft plan made public today by the Oregon State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tax Reform has small businesses on edge over two provisions, according to their largest representative association. “This plan is the reaso

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Twenty-Three Counties Had Low Historic Unemployment Rates in April via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information Twenty-three counties were at or tied with their historic low unemployment rates. Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April at 2.8 percent. Grant County (6.9%) registered

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Stronger Privacy Protections Pass out of Oregon Legislature   Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum praised the Oregon legislature for passing legislation (HB 2090) that will update Oregon’s consumer law to hold companies accountable for their online privacy policies. Sen. Chuck Riley carried the bill in the Senate

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Overtaxed and Underbuilt Oregon Cascade Policy Institute by John Charles, Jr. An Oregon Legislative committee is proposing a massive series of tax increases to pay for various transportation projects. The proposal calls for higher taxes on vehicle registration, increased gas taxes, a new sales tax on motor vehicle purchases

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National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) tells House Ways and Means Chairman the time is now for comprehensive tax reform by Jack Mozloom The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today that small business owners expect comprehensive tax

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May Forecast Brings More Revenue, Little Clarity The Oregon Prosperity Project Since February, May 16 has been circled on Legislative calendars as the day budget talks would turn the corner and head down the stretch. The last forecast before the end of the 2017 Session would provide clarity, telling Legislators how much mon

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By Oregon Small Business Association, There is an important bill, Senate Bill 596 sponsored by State Senator Tim Knopp, which is up for a hearing today in the Senate Finance and Revenue. Oregon’s small businesses – which provide a tremendous number of jobs for Oregon’s economy – are just now recovering from the Grea

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A Lack of Applicants in a Growing Economy via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information Oregon businesses reported 50,800 jobs vacancies at any given time in 2016. They reported nearly two-thirds (64%) of those job vacancies as difficult to fill. Four primary challenges accounted for three-fourths of all difficult-to-fill j

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