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By Oregon US Attorney Press Release, Bank of Oswego Executives Sentenced to Federal Prison After Jury Conviction for Fraud In federal court, Dan Heine and Diana Yates were sentenced to 24 and 18 months in prison, respectively, for bank fraud and falsifying bank entries, reports, and transactions. A jury convicted Heine and

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By Oregon Small Business Association A group that includes a former Nike vice president and the former television voice of the Portland Trail Blazers wants to build a major league-ready ballpark. They’ve made offers on at least two pieces of land, including the current headquarters of the Portland Public Schools headquart

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Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for April 2018. The release date is June 7, 2018. The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity fell in April to 0.43 from a March reading of 1.13. Highlights of this mo

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By Julianne Henley Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn NW Law firm, Almost everything about Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka is unique: according to the company’s website, distilled corn and peaches are mixed with “pristine water from Newfoundland,” then the liquor is filtered through semi-precious crystals known as “

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Speaker Paul Ryan aims to make 2017 Tax Cuts permanent. By National Small Business Association, On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), following passage earlier that week by the Senate and House—both along party lines. The bill is now in-effect for tax years […

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Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader Press Release, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with House members Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, demanded that the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immediately allow individuals being held at a f

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Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis In honor of our value-added manufacturing, declining start-up trend bucking, homegrown Oregon breweries out there, I thought I should update our numbers of Oregon beer production. These figures come from the OLCC beer reports which only cover beer made in Oregon and sold in Ore

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By Kathryn Hickok Cascade Policy Institute What’s better for welfare recipients and low-skilled workers: a higher minimum wage, or a larger Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? David Neumark, director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, explains in a recent op-ed

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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, This year, Portland ranks as the ninth best city in the United States for entrepreneurs and start-ups, and the eleventh best city for women to start a business. Business.org released its rankings  after evaluating more than 300 North American cities, large and small, and com

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National Retail Federation Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to set record numbers this summer and fall even as the debate over trade and tariffs continues in Washington, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associa

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Congressman Peter DeFazio Press Release, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 5857, the “Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act,” legislation that requires passenger airlines, commuter and intercity passenger railroads, transit agencie

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By Jason W. Douthit Bullard Law, Portland based law firm The Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown are banking on increased state income tax revenues (due to recent changes in the Internal Revenue Code) to incentivize PERS participating public employers to contribute to PERS. Under SB 1566, signed by Governor Brown on

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By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Over the past decade the number of lower-income households in the Portland region has fallen by nearly 60,000, or by 15%. Here, we’re defining lower-income to not just be those in poverty, but generally speaking in the bottom 40% or so of the distribution. Conversely, the

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US Senator Ron Wyden, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the FCC’s reported decision to open an investigation into reports that a simple flaw on the website of location aggregator LocationSmart allowed nearly any hacker to track the phones of millions of Americans in real time. LocationSmart reportedly obtains location data

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By Jim Mark, Melvin Mark Co. Portland Business Alliance Traffic, homelessness and affordability are the top of mind challenges as the region’s prosperity inches upwards. Portland may have just turned 167 years old, but the Rose City is still growing up. While population has steadily increased since 2004 and employment

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By David J. Riewald & Trevor R. Caldwell Bullard Law The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that class action waivers in arbitration agreements do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The Court’s 5-to-4 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis resolved o

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By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon’s economy has shown strong employment growth in recent years. That strong growth has caused the state’s labor market to tighten up, as record low unemployment rates have Oregon employers increasingly finding it difficult to fill job openings. Oregon’s average hourly wage, after

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Revenue Forecast Predicts Kickers, Growing Reserves by Mark Hester Oregon Business and Industry State economists presented a strong revenue forecast Wednesday, May 23, to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Revenue committees. Highlights of the report included: The Office of Economic Analysis now predicts that the state

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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation, Motorists in Oregon are paying the fifth-highest price for a gallon of gas in the nation this spring. The average price for a gallon of regular gas cost $3.34 May 25 in Oregon, which is 37 cents more per gallon than the national average of $2.97, according to the […]

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today in response to the Commerce Department announcement that it will launch an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 into whether imports of vehicles and auto parts harm nationa

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Supreme Court Rules Employment Agreements Barring Class Actions Enforceable By: Heather Fossity On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled employment arbitration agreements that prohibit employees from bringing class actions against their employers are enforceable. The 5-4 decision will have a significant

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Shouldn’t small business get the same tax advantages as big Wall Street Firms? The Oregon Small Business Association, through the Local, Family & Small Business Fairness Act PAC, submitted sponsorship signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division on May 18th f

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By Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, Twenty cities are competing for Amazon’s second headquarters. Then there’s Seattle, Amazon’s current headquarters, which the city apparently wouldn’t mind driving away. Seattle’s city council unanimously approved a $250 “tax” per full-time employee on businesses with mor

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by Mark Hester Oregon Business and Industry The Special Session to consider sole proprietorship tax legislation has dominated headlines leading up to May Legislative Days, but Legislators will discuss several other important, ongoing topics during meetings next week. Updates and special meetings on topics that Oregon Busine

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By NFIB, Reports of Improved Earnings Reach Highest Levels in 45-year History of the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Survey The Small Business Optimism Index sustained record-high levels increasing to 104.8 in April, driven by reports of improved profits, the highest in the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Survey’s

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By Oregon Prosperity Project, Data centers are one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and Oregon has emerged as one of the most popular states for companies looking for sites where they can process large amounts of data. Recent reports conducted for industry leaders Google and Facebook calculate the eco

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By Anthony K. Smith Oregon NFIB Last month, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law that is estimated to generate more than $1 billion in revenue for the state over the next six years by “disconnecting” our state income tax code from the new 20 percent deduction for qualifying pass-through business income – a […]

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By M. Martin Oregon guest writer The Oregonian Sunday Editorial stated, “How odd that Gov. Kate Brown would be convening legislators for a special session to expand a controversial tax break benefiting businesses. She is, after all, the same governor who has railed about Oregon’s businesses not paying their R

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My observations from watching the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg Congressional hearings By Allen Alley former Oregon Business Plan Chair, Pixelworks CEO and Deputy Chief of Staff for Oregon Gov. Kulongoski. April 11, 2018, will be remembered as the day the American Technology Industry died. It will mark the zenith of unfette

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By National Retail Federation, As millennials reach their late 20s and 30s, many are reaching their next step in life: parenthood. And findings from the spring edition of the National Retail Federation’s quarterly Consumer View report released today provide insight into how these new parents shop, spend and engage with br

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