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Oregon Attorney General, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum released a “Do Not Click” campaign to educate Oregonians about staying safe online. She is hoping to alert people to the dangers of clicking on links that appear to be legitimate—but are not. Scammers may pretend to be an official organization, bank,

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Josh Lehner Oregon office of Economic Analysis U.S. economic growth has settled in around its potential in recent quarters. The outlook is stable and the risk of recession is receding. The trade war deescalated with the signing of the Phase One trade deal between China and the U.S. and financial […] The post

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Voters in Madras will decide in May whether to approve a 5 percent sales tax on food and beverages purchased at restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops to pay for road repairs.   Bend City Council is also considering a meals tax.  Last year, voters rejected […] T

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Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced a bipartisan resolution to urge Major League Baseball (MLB) to preserve the current minor league structure and abandon its plan to eliminate 42 minor league baseball clubs, including the Keizer Volcanoes. “Millions of fans attend Minor League Baseba

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By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Cascade Policy Institute “It’s time to get this done!” Governor Kate Brown told the crowd at this year’s Oregon Leadership Summit, referring to a replacement for the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. The statement ended with an exclamation point, but it should have ended […]

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US Chamber of Commerce, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (PRO Act, H.R. 2474). The legislation, which claims to be pro-worker, would, in fact, force employees to pay union dues regardless of whether they support a union, lose the right to […] The post

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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 2018, while the total number of jobs grew by just over 50 percent. Workers 55 years and over held just 10 percent of the […] The post

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By Rachel Dawson Cascade Policy Institute Oregon state officials recently celebrated helping the state reach 25,000 registered electric vehicles (EVs) through local incentives and the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. This celebration, however, is a punch in the gut to the state’s low-income and rural residents whose taxes

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Oregon Attorney General, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a group of 21 Attorneys General in a lawsuit filed challenging the Trump administration’s latest rule allowing 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet. The rule would effectively enable anyone to access 3D-print files online and make unregiste

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By Oregon Small Business Association With the legalization of recreational marijuana five years ago, Oregon has seen medical dispensaries of the drug dwindle to only three. According to the Portland Business Journal, the state was once home to 425 licensed medical dispensaries. Most switched to selling recreational marij

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By NFIB, Small businesses started 2020 on a strong note, adding an average employment change per firm of 0.49 workers, the highest level since March 2019, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. The small business labor market overall is starting on a good note, with strong hiring and higher employee […]

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National Labor Relations Board Decision:Employers Can Restrict Use of Employer Email Systems Barran Liebman Oregon law firm In Caesars Entertainment, the NLRB restored employers’ rights to restrict employee use of the employer’s email system so long as it does so on a nondiscriminatory basis, and returned to the stan

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Oregon businesses that accept only credit or debit cards for payment may be required to take cash under a bill proposed by Rep. Janell Bynum, D-Clackamas. She said refusing to accept cash discriminates against people of color who are five times less likely than whites […]

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By Oregon Employment Department, Over the last decade, the wage disparity by race and ethnicity in Oregon has remained consistent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), Asian and non-Hispanic white workers have the highest wages. In 2018, wages for black, American Indian

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By Katie Eyre, CPA Cascade Policy Institute The 2019 Oregon Legislature established a new tax affecting all firms that do business in Oregon. While it is called by its misnomer the “Corporate Activity Tax,” the CAT actually applies to most types of organizational entities such as partnerships, individuals, limited li

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By US Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement after House Democrats unveiled their infrastructure plan for 2020. “Our nation’s infrastructure is deteriorating and only getting worse. By 2025, our crumbling infrastructure will cost American businesses $7 trill

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, Nancy Pelosi famously proclaimed that Democrats had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it. On the other hand, Democrats in California last year passed legislation outlawing many freelance and independent contracting jobs knowing the disruption it would cause—and voters are no

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By Oregon Small Business Association, (Photo: Flickr, Magnus Masnke) Union leaders who want to limit the number of self-checkout stands in Oregon stores to no more than two can soon begin gathering signatures to put the question on the ballot in November. The Oregon AFL-CIO must collect 112,020 signatures on […]

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By Eric Fruits As featured in the Oregon Transformation Newsletter, Oregon’s Corporate Activities Tax went into effect New Year’s Day. Nine times, Oregon voters have rejected a state sales tax. But this year we ended up with something much worse than a sales tax, and voters had no voice in […] The post

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National Retail Federation, The National Retail Federation welcomed the signing of a “phase one” trade agreement between the United States and China but said work remains to be done to end the trade war between the two countries. “NRF strongly supports the administration’s efforts to address China’s unfair trad

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By Oregon Employment Department, Entering its eleventh year, the U.S. economic expansion is now the longest in recorded history. Growth slowed in 2019, and the burning question is why? Economic weakness – foretelling a recession – or simply what one might expect in such a mature expansion? The answer likely […]

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Salt & Straw is rocking its portfolio with reports that famed wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson and his business partner have invested in the Portland-based ice cream chain. The Oregonian reported that Johnson, aka the Rock, and Dany Garcia acquired part ownership of the company

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US Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., demanded the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate Envestnet for possibly violating the law by recklessly selling Americans’ personal data. Envestnet operates Yodlee, the largest consumer fina

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By Sarah Hale & Heather Fossity Barran Leibman LLP Oregon law firm On December 11, 2019, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced significant changes to the eligibility for employees to be classified as exempt under the white collar exemptions, as well as exemptions for outside sale

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By NFIB, NFIB issued the following statement from Karen Harned, Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center in response to the United States Department of Labor’s final rule that simplifies and updates its regulations that determine joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act: “Small and i

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By by Damon Runberg Oregon Employment Department, Oregon welcomed its third In-N-Out Burger to much fanfare, long lines, and in some instances, upwards of a two-hour wait for a fast food burger. Although fans of the burger chain would claim that In-N-Out is not your traditional fast food restaurant, it […] T

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By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, Like David and Goliath, residents of a tiny town on the Oregon Coast are battling Facebook, one of the world’s largest tech companies, over the social media company’s plans to build a landing spot for undersea cables. Residents in quiet Tierra Del Mar, about 65 […] The p

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Interview with Rob O’Neill, CPA Partner, Moss Adams and Chair, OBI Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy by Oregon Transformation Newsletter. In May 2019, Gov. Brown signed into law the new Oregon Corporate Activity Tax. The new tax will be imposed on businesses who have “the privilege of doing business […]

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By National Retail Federation, The National Retail Federation said a federal judge should issue a preliminary injunction to continue to block a California law that would prohibit employers from requiring workers to agree to arbitration of employment issues. “Arbitration is an easier and more flexible way of resolving e

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Press Release, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue said in his 2020 State of American Business speech that worker shortages and the growing skills gap is an “urgent priority for states all over the country.” Donohue also unveiled the Chamber’s new state-based Worker Availability Ratio

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