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What’s inside $8 Billion transportation tax plan

May 31, 2017 --

by Mark Hester
Associated Oregon Industries

After almost a year of deliberations that included a statewide tour for public meetings and dozens of committee and subcommittee meetings, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization this week unveiled a draft transportation plan.

There is no question that Oregon needs to invest in its transportation infrastructure, to preserve, modernize and overall improve our transportation systems. These systems directly impact Oregon’s economic vitality and influence Oregonian’s quality of life. Over the last year, Legislators have heard from the public and received input from transportation experts on the reasons the current funding streams are failing to preserve our transportation infrastructure investments and move people through congested transportation systems.

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Accounts for 2016 unemployment




Reasons for Unemployment in Oregon

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information

There are four major categories of the unemployed, based on a reason for unemployment:

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Employment aspect of rural Oregon

May 30, 2017 --


Agriculture’s Impact on Rural Employment

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information

The Employment Department has released a new special report: The Employment Landscape of Rural Oregon. This is the third in a series of posts about several key takeaway points from the report.

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Are we at full employment?

May 29, 2017 --

States at Full Employment, A Prime-Age EPOP Story

Oregon Office OF Economic Analysis

By Josh Lehner

The key economic question economists are trying to answer today is whether or not the U.S. economy is at full employment. Given it is more a concept then a hard calculation, you look for signs in the data that suggest the economy is there. In terms of jobs and the unemployment rate, there is no question the data do suggest this. However, at least nationally, wage growth is still relatively slow, albeit picking up some, and inflation remains consistently below target.

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“a lot of work ahead”, says National Retail Federation

May 26, 2017 --


Retailers: ‘A Lot of Work Ahead’ For Health Care Reform

by Treacy Reynolds, NFR

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Vice President for health care policy Neil Trautwein, following the Congressional Budget Office’s release of its latest score for the American Health Care Act. The score measures the bill’s potential to affect the total number of people with insurance coverage, the increase or decreases in the federal deficit due to the bill, and other measures over the next decade:

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State tax reform leaves small businesses on edge

May 25, 2017 --


Repeal of 2013 cut, return of gross receipts tax idea have Main Street on edge

NFIB Oregon

A draft plan made public today by the Oregon State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tax Reform has small businesses on edge over two provisions, according to their largest representative association.

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April showers bring down unemployment rates

May 24, 2017 --

Twenty-Three Counties Had Low Historic Unemployment Rates in April

via Oregon Workforce and Economic Information

Twenty-three counties were at or tied with their historic low unemployment rates. Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April at 2.8 percent. Grant County (6.9%) registered the highest rate for the month. This was the lowest unemployment rate for Grant County since comparable records began in 1990.

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Changes to Oregon consumer protection laws

May 23, 2017 --

Stronger Privacy Protections Pass out of Oregon Legislature


Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum praised the Oregon legislature for passing legislation (HB 2090) that will update Oregon’s consumer law to hold companies accountable for their online privacy policies. Sen. Chuck Riley carried the bill in the Senate, and Reps. Jennifer Williamson and John Huffman carried the bill in the House. The bill will now move to the Governor’s desk.

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Oregon Legislative committee goes Tax Happy

May 22, 2017 --

Overtaxed and Underbuilt

Oregon Cascade Policy Institute

by John Charles, Jr.

An Oregon Legislative committee is proposing a massive series of tax increases to pay for various transportation projects.

The proposal calls for higher taxes on vehicle registration, increased gas taxes, a new sales tax on motor vehicle purchases, a statewide employee tax to subsidize transit, and a new bicycle sales tax.

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Small business owners: Tax Reform can’t wait

May 19, 2017 --

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) tells House Ways and Means Chairman the time is now for comprehensive tax reform

by Jack Mozloom

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today that small business owners expect comprehensive tax reform this year and that it must feature parity for businesses of every size.

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