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By Oregon Small Business Association, Delays at West Coast ports, including Northwest ports, have reached a critical point and threaten regional economies, according to recent news reports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents 29 West Coast port employers, has been locked in contract negotiations with th

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, and Society for Human Resource Management, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relation

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB The latest numbers released from one of the most trusted economic barometers in the nation showed the most positive gains since 2006, but the Oregon state director for the association that publishes the monthly report was thankful Oregon was only a part of the sampling not the big part of […

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By Associated Oregon Industries On Wednesday, January 7, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) adopted rules necessary to implement the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (also known as the clean fuels program). By a 4-1 vote, the EQC approved rules to require importers of transportation fuels to reduce the average carbon intens

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Like any individual economic measure, the unemployment rate is flawed. It can go down for bad reasons (people give up looking for work) and up for good reasons (more people looking for a job.) That’s why it is important to not just look at the unemployment […]

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By Oregon Tax News, The Oregon’s Secretary of State Department’s website was breached by international hackers. The attack, which likely originated in China or North Korea, raised serious questions about the safety of personal information in the hands of state government. Oregon, like other states, is increasingly vulne

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce A plaintiff in a pending disability lawsuit being caught on video knocking over a large, historic boulder tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) “Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014” survey, which was announced today.  ILR also released a highlight video featuring each

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Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate A paid sick leave mandate similar to a 2013 bill was introduced in the House Business and Labor Committee on Monday, December 9, 2014. To view the bill, LC 1229, you may click here. As currently written, the bill requires employers of all sizes to provide one

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By Portland Business Alliance Oregon’s education system is working toward achieving its ambitious 40-40-20 goal, which requires that by 2025, 40% of Oregonians have a degree from a 4-year college, an additional 40% have completed a 2-year college or certificate, and the remaining 20% have a high school degree or the equiv

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB Jan Meekcoms, Oregon state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest and leading small-business association with 350,000 dues paying members across the nation, including 7,500 in Oregon, issued the following statement on today’s passage of H.R. 3 in the U

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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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