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“Value Pricing” our roads

November 29, 2017 --

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 Washington border to the intersection with I-205. The OTC must apply by December 31, 2018.

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Does telecommuting work for your business

November 28, 2017 --

Connecting With Remote Employees


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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.

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Is your business subject to Transit Payroll Tax

November 27, 2017 --

Six Local Transit Payroll Taxes: Not Just For Businesses Residing in Those Districts

by Diane MCBride

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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 business is not located in that district.

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Thanksgiving woes

November 22, 2017 --

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 abnormally large number of cars trying to drive at peak holiday times, but we have seen overall increases in traffic in recent years.

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Oregon’s manufacturing growth higher than national average

November 21, 2017 --

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 with the nation’s 8.7 percent. However, as of September 2017 manufacturing employment in Oregon is still 16,200 jobs below its pre-recession peak in June 2006.

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Emergency relief grants roads impacted by natural disasters

November 20, 2017 --

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 grants to rebuild and repair roads in Oregon impacted or destroyed by natural disasters, severe winter storms, and flooding. The grants come two weeks after DeFazio sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to distribute funding and reduce the backlog under the Federal-aid Highway Emergency Relief (ER) program.

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What are millennial’s spending this holiday season

November 17, 2017 --

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 Insights & Analytics shows that young adults (18-24 years old) are the most likely to show an increase in spending.

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U.S. House pushes bill through limiting definition of Joint Employer

November 16, 2017 --

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.” The bill, entitled the Save Local Business Act, is a direct response to Obama-era administrative action by the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor (DOL) broadening the joint employer standard to include employers who have potential or indirect control over employees.

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11k jobs added in October

November 15, 2017 --

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.

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Terminal 6: Ready for business

November 14, 2017 --

Swire Shipping to Begin Operating at Terminal 6

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 follows Governor Brown’s recent trade mission trip to Hong Kong, where the Governor and Port representatives met with Swire corporate executives. This new shipping option is part of a larger goal to ensure Oregon and regional shippers have access to the global marketplace.

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