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By Oregon Small Business Association, The union representing 7,000 employees at Oregon Health & Science University canceled its strike authorization after reaching a tentative agreement following an unfair labor practices complaint. The AFSCME Local 328 filed a complaint with the Oregon Employment Relations Board all

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By California NFIB, The Legislature only has a month left before the law takes effect Jan. 1, 2020 In an editorial for the online news site CalMatters, NFIB State Director John Kabateck urged legislators to act on refining the California Consumer Privacy Act in the month left to them in […] The post

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Columbia Sportswear Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq:COLM) is unveiling the SH/FT Collection – its newest footwear line inspired by today’s rapid urbanization and the growing movement to seek balance outdoors. Combining the best of style and function, the SH/FT Collection is designed for a new generation seeking experienc

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State Representative Lynn Findley seeks ways to help rural Oregon without new taxes By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, Capitol Update Series: Developing high-speed internet connections in rural communities can expand business and economic opportunities, which is one reason Oregon Representative Lynn Findley authored House

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Wall Street Journal Editorial, The Supreme Court last year gave states a green light to collect online sales tax from out-of-state businesses without setting guardrails. And what do you know? States are now testing the limits of their taxing power and creating a web of regulatory trip-wires for small businesses. […

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By Vlad Yurlov Cascade Policy Institute, Does the cannabis industry need central planning? The Oregon legislature thinks so. On June 17, Governor Kate Brown signed a bill allowing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to limit the number of marijuana production licenses, “based on the supply and demand for marijuana.”

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Oregon US Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., this week to introduce comprehensive legislation that would expand protections for American air travelers. The Airline Passengers’ Bill of R

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Wall Street Journal Editorial, Multiple reports out of the White House last week say President Trump overruled all of his economic advisers other than Peter Navarro when he decided to impose new tariffs on China. Global and American economic conditions have been heading south ever since, so perhaps we should […]

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Tim Duy, Oregon Economic Indicators University of Oregon This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for August 2019. The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.26 in June, up from an downwardly-revised -0.07 in May. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average [

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By J. Chris Duckworth, Attorney, Bullard Law NW law firm Cities with unionized workforces take note: on June 20, 2019, Governor Brown signed House Bill (“HB”) 2016 into law, which will place numerous new restrictions and requirements on how public sector employers (“Employers”) do business with unions and unioniz

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Long-Term Job Openings Fueled by Replacements By Oregon Employment Department, Continued job growth and record low unemployment are making it difficult for Oregon businesses to fill current vacancies, and Oregon’s economy is expected to create 263,000 job openings each year through 2027. At 12 percent, expected employm

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Congressman Greg Walden, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act: Last year alone, 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide. Already this year, there have been 25 billion robocalls — that is over 76 per person so far this

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National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, issued the following statement on behalf of NFIB President & CEO Juanita D. Duggan in response to the United States House of Representatives passage of the Raise the Wage Act, harmful legislation that would

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Josh Lehner Oregon Economic Analysis Office In recent months we have discussed the big picture outlook for labor supply, the silver tsunami of retirements, how migration is slowing but remains the key driver of population gains, and how birthrates are dropping and deaths are rising. However, what we haven’t done [̷

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By Kathryn M. Hindman Bullard Law Surrounded by California’s and Washington’s paid family medical leave laws, we knew it was possible. Soon it will be a reality. The Oregon legislature recently passed an extremely generous paid Family and Medical leave law that will impact almost every Oregon employer. Fortunately, e

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By Rachel Dawson Cascade Policy Institute In January 2019 the City of Portland implemented a voter-approved a 1% tax on certain “retail sales” within Portland to fund clean energy projects and jobs training. This tax will be applied to retailers with $1 billion or more in total sales, $500,000 of […] The

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Washington Recognizes Obesity as a Protected Class By Sarah Hale Bullard Law, Oregon law firm The Washington Supreme Court, for the first time, held that obese workers are protected under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. In Taylor v. Burlington Northern Railroad Holdings, Inc., the Court held that obesity can be a

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Oregon Attorney General Release, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced a nationwide settlement with the consumer reporting giant, Equifax, as the result of an investigation into a massive 2017 data breach, the largest-ever breach of consumer data. Oregon will receive over $2.8 million from the settlement and consume

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Spontaneous Political Combustion By Anthony K. Smith Oregon NFIB, Attribute it to the personal empowerment of email lists and social media, then add a strong push by legislative arrogance, and what happened in Salem during the waning weeks of the 2019 legislative session is another example of a phenomenon occurring [R

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By Oregon Employment Department, The 2019 version of the Oregon Employment Department’s annual summary of occupational wage information is now available. Thanks to survey responses from employers around the state, wage scales for over 700 job categories have been calculated. Regional wage information is also available;

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US Attorney, Oregon District Kermit Tyler Poulson, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting threatening communications with the intent to extort Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. According to court documents, on October 9, 2018, Poulson posted multiple threatening comments on Mayor Wheeler’s personal Instagram account

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By U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.” The Chamber issued a key vote in support of passage of the […] T

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Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, Representative Greg Walden released a statement following his recent trip to the southern border. Over the weekend, Walden went to Carrizo Springs, Texas and Yuma, Arizona to tour key border sites including facilities operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and an Office of R

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Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio Statement, The Chairs of four House Committees and Subcommittees issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) that it has opened a new investigation into the Trump Administration’s abrupt decision to abandon the

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By Cascade Policy Institute, Portland politicians claim to be concerned about carbon dioxide emissions and climate change. That’s why so many of them support TriMet’s proposed 12-mile light rail line from Portland to Bridgeport Village near Tigard. They think it will reduce fossil fuel use. Their assumptions are wron

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By Bob Cumbow Miller, Nash, Ghaham & Dunn LLP NW law firm The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Trademark Act’s section 2(a) provision precluding registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling came in the case of Iancu v. [R

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By Oregon District Attorney’s Office, Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi, 58, of Houston, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for illegally distributing opioids. According to court documents, in January 2015, Idumwonyi along with codefendant and former nurse practitioner Julie

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Josh Lehner Oregon Economic Analysis Office The beer industry’s slowdown and rising number of closures continues to draw attention. Both Andre Meunier in The Oregonian and Jason Notte in Portland Monthly have really good, local articles in recent weeks. In talking with them and getting updated OLCC data, I have […

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By Oregon Small Business Association, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde plans to purchase about 40 acres of riverfront property near Willamette Falls at Oregon City. The Grand Ronde, which operate Oregon’s largest casino, Spirit Mountain, says it has no plans to build a casino on the Oregon City property, […

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By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Cascade Policy Institute “Let ’em leave. Someone else’ll come in.” That was Oregon state senator James Manning’s response when told that new business taxes will cause some firms to leave the state. Unfortunately, the senator is not alone with the let-them-leave attitude. That seems to be [

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