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By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation Last summer in Oregon was a season of wonder, disaster, and a little bit of an employment mystery. The August eclipse was predicted to bring one million visitors to the state. Hotels were full. Restaurants stocked up on food and told customers to pay in cash to avoid long [

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Bullseye Glass Company Press Release, Bullseye Glass Company, a locally owned art glass manufacturer with deep roots in Southeast Portland and a 40 year history of leadership in the arts community, filed a lawsuit today in federal court to expose the state’s irrational and discriminatory conduct, obtain damages for un

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Oregon’s Population Outlook by Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis When the latest population estimates for Oregon came out, I promised you an updated on our office’s forecast when it was available. Since then, Kanhaiya, the state demographer in our office, has updated the population forecast and we did discu

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City Club of Portland, Friday Forum, January 5th, 2018 Measure 101: More taxes for healthcare? In January, Oregon will determine whether to implement new taxes on both healthcare providers and insurance companies to fund our expanded Medicaid program. The legislature passed these taxes in a highly partisan and controversial

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Small Business Hiring Plans Reach All-Time High in November National Federation of Independent Businesses With tax reform in view, small business owners make plans to add workers, according to NFIB Jobs Report Small business job creation plans reached an all-time high in November, shattering the previous record for the Nati

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Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast, December 2017 Oregon Office of Economic Analysis The primary risk facing the near-term revenue forecast is the potential for tax legislation at the federal level. From a broader economic perspective, the most significant local impact of federal tax changes will be what happens to the am

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DeFazio Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Spur Economic Development and Job Creation in Oregon Communities Congressman Peter DeFazio Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Greg Walden (OR-02) applaud the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final 4-0 vote confirming that the U.S. hardwood plywood industry has been,

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Business Oregon Releases New Five Year Strategic Plan Business Oregon Business Oregon released a strategic plan that maps out priorities, strategies, and actions for the state of Oregon’s economic development agency over the next five years. “Stepping back to craft a thoughtful, prioritized strategic plan is cri

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Oregon lawmakers applaud TSA decision to maintain security infrastructure as Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport recruits new carrier Congressman Greg Walden Maintaining security equipment will ease logistical burdens, help airport’s recruitment efforts Rep. Greg Walden, along with Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Ron Wyden

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Consumers And Retailers Win Big Over Thanksgiving Holiday Nation Retail Federation From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, more than 174 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the just-concluded holiday weekend, beating the 164 million estimated shoppers from an earlier survey by the National Retail Feder

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Seattle’s City Council openly ignored the state of Washington’s law and constitution when it voted unanimously in July to levy a 2.25% tax on its wealthy residents. The Freedom Foundation, a local think tank, and other organizations sued to block the ordinance. In pleasant news that receive

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Tolling People on to Portland’s Highways Cascade Policy Institute By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill requiring the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to apply for federal authorization to implement “value pricing” on two regional highways: I-205, and I-5 from the Washingt

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Connecting With Remote Employees by JENNA REED Great Work! In a world where it seems like we’re always “connected” why do employers have so much trouble connecting with remote employees? Rather than focus on the reasons it happens, let’s talk about what we can do about it. Of course it is important to establish clea

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Six Local Transit Payroll Taxes: Not Just For Businesses Residing in Those Districts by Diane MCBride Great Work! In the many years of working in the payroll field in the Salem area, there is one comment I hear from a lot of companies: they didn’t realize they may be subject to transit taxes since their […]

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Thanksgiving, Traffic, and your Nephew Three thoughts as Thanksgiving nears. by Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis First, many of us will be stuck in traffic as we head to meet our family and friends. AAA of Oregon/Idaho estimates it will be the worst traffic since 2005. Most of this congestion is about the [

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Made in Oregon: A Brief Profile of the State’s Manufacturing Sector Oregon Workforce and Economic Information  Oregon’s manufacturing sector is growing more quickly than the nation’s. Since its lowest employment level in February and March 2010, manufacturing employment in Oregon has grown by 18.6 percent compared wi

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DeFazio Announces Emergency Relief Grants for Oregon Roads Impacted by Natural Disasters Congressman DeFazio Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2.6 million in emergency relief grant

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Almost Half Of Younger Consumers Plan To Spend More During The Holidays Ana Serafin Smith National Retail Federation With the holiday shopping season about to hit the home stretch, most consumers say they will spend about the same as last year. But a new survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper In

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill Limiting Definition of Joint Employer By J. Chris Duckworth Bullard Law New bill would roll back Obama-era expansion of joint employment standard On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to limit the definition of “joint employer.

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Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October by Felicia Bechtoldt Oregon Workforce and Economic Information In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017. Mon

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Swire Shipping to Begin Operating at Terminal 6 Oregon.gov Governor Brown and Port of Portland Announce New Container Service Governor Kate Brown, the Port of Portland, and Business Oregon today announced that Swire Shipping will begin container shipping service at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. The announcement f

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By Columbia Sportswear Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) today issued the following statement regarding the jury verdict in its patent infringement lawsuit against Seirus Innovative Accessories: On September 29, a jury in the federal district court in San Diego awarded damages to Columbia Sportswear in the amount of

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U.S. Chamber Applauds House Ways and Means Committee for Passing Pro-Growth Tax Reform U.S. Chamber of Commerce ‘Tax reform is the engine that will power economic growth for years to come’ U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after the

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  Employment among Oregon’s Veterans Felicia Bechtoldt Oregon Workforce and Economic Information In 2016, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 6.3 percent according to the Current Population Survey. This was higher than Oregon’s overall unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. Across the U.S., veterans had

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On the Job in China Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Tianjin, China is Oregon’s “sister-city/state.” It is located south-east of Beijing, has a population of 15.5 million, and is connected to Beijing by a state-of-the-art, 200 mph bullet train. Oregon has been invited to display Oregon products in the new C

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Inflation’s Effect on Wages Oregon Workforce and Economic Information  Most Oregon’s counties had an increase in inflation-adjusted average wages from 2006 to 2016. Overall, the average wage for the entire state increased by $2,865 after adjusting for inflation. Most of the statewide increase was driven by the large ga

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Honoring Oregon Seniors? The Client Employed Provider Program Report From Secretary Dennis Richardson Oregon Secretary of State Oregon has several programs that focus on giving limited assistance to elderly folks who want to remain in their own homes for as long as they can. For many, staying in the familiar surroundings of

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Earlier this year, Taxpayer Association of Oregon mailed a flyer to Newberg city residents stating concern that if voters should approve annexation into Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the city council may not reduce city property taxes for the cost of the “old fire service.”  In other words, there was conce

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Retailers Welcome Tax Bill, Call Tax Reform By Christmas ‘Perfect Present’ For U.S. Economy J. Craig Shearman National Retail Federation The National Retail Federation welcomed tax reform legislation introduced today and called on Congress to get the measure to President Trump as soon as possible. “President Trump wan

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Oregon Receives ‘C’ Rating in Small Business Friendliness National Federation Of Independent Business A 2017 Thumbtack survey found that Oregon ranked 37th in ease for small businesses to launch, operate, and expand. According to Thumbtack’s recently released Small Business Friendliness Survey, Oregon was give

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