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Oregon Ag sues Feds over grant denial

November 19, 2018 --

By Oregon Attorney General

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum  filed a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald J. Trump and acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker asserting that the federal government should not be permitted to force the State of Oregon to cooperate with their federal immigration priorities. The case focuses on the United States Department of Justice’s (U.S. DOJ) attempt to force Oregon to cooperate with federal immigration policies, using the threat of withholding federal law enforcement grants, called Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (“Byrne grants”).

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Top 10 business agenda items for 2019

November 16, 2018 --

National Small Business Association

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) earlier voted on its Top Ten Priorities for the 116th Congress, a result of the Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C. Small businesses voted to make reining-in the costs of health care their number one priority for Congress and the administration to address in the coming two years.

“After a bruising midterm election, America’s small-business owners expect policymakers to put the stump-speeches down and get to work,” stated Todd McCracken NSBA president and CEO. “The issues our members voted as top priorities have real-world implications on our communities and the broader U.S. economy. I look forward to working with lawmakers—regardless of party—on solutions to these problems impacting us all.”

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Ruling: Age rules applies to government workers

November 15, 2018 --

By Gabrielle Hansen & Nicole Elgin
Barran Leibman

Public employers with twenty or fewer employees take note: in its first opinion of the 2018-2019 term, the Supreme Court ruled in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. John Guido that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to all governmental employers regardless of the number of employees they employ.

Two firefighters sued the Mount Lemmon Fire District for age discrimination under the ADEA after the Fire District laid them off. The Fire District sought to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis that it was too small to be a covered “employer” within the ADEA’s definition of the term as it employs fewer than 20 employees. However, the ADEA includes the following definition of an employer:

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Oregonians lost $57,000 to fake jobs

November 14, 2018 --

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation,

Job seekers beware. Scammers are after your money and your personal information.

The Better Business Bureau has reported an increase in employment scams as the holiday season approaches and more people seek temporary jobs to bring in extra cash.

Since January, North Americans have reported 3,465 employment scams such as fake job postings, recruiter emails and work-at-home schemes, with more than $3 million lost, according to the Better Business Bureau. That’s nearly twice as many scams as last year between January and October.

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Lawyer found guilty of money laundering

November 13, 2018 --

US Attorney, Oregon district, Release

Pamela S. Hediger, 55, of Corvallis, Oregon, pleaded guilty to one count each of attempting to evade or defeat taxes and engaging in monetary transactions with property derived from specified unlawful activity.

“Pamela Hediger used her position of trust to steal large sums of money from her business associates, clients and investors. Her lavish lifestyle and spending reflected her complete disregard for the interests of those she stole from,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Not only did Hediger steal from those she knew, she stole from the U.S. Treasury and her fellow citizens by shamelessly evading her tax obligations.”

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Are Nike, Apple, Google getting a tax pass?


By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation,

An academic hit job by researchers from Denmark and the University of California at Berkeley suggest that companies such as Nike (Facebook, Apple, Google also cited) are taking advantage of so-called “tax havens” to cause billions of dollars of income go “missing.”

Their conclusions have made national headlines and should be viewed skeptically.

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Veteran hiring hits big 7 year streak

November 12, 2018 --

By Oregon Employment Department,

In 2017, the unemployment rate for veterans in Oregon was 4.3 percent, according to the Current Population Survey. This was the lowest unemployment rate for veterans since 2007, when the unemployment rate was 3.5 percent. Overall, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2017. Across the U.S., veterans had a lower unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

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Consumer sentiment takes surprising path

November 10, 2018 --

by Jason D. Norris, CFA
Executive Vice President of Research
Ferguson Wellman Capital Management,
NW based investment advisory firm

It was a busy week in Washington with a highly anticipated midterm election followed by the Federal Reserve meeting. The results of both came in as expected although it seems the markets were not synced to that result. Wednesday’s 2 percent plus rally signaled that there was still uncertainty surrounding the election fallout. On Thursday, the Fed delivered an in-line statement: not raising rates now but signaling that a hike is coming in December due to continued strong economic growth and a tight job market.

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Life after the union Janus ruling

November 9, 2018 --

By Bullard Law
NW Law firm

Life After Janus v. AFSCME: A Field Report on Union Security in the Public Sector

Join Chris Duckworth and Dan Rowan for a brief review of the changes to union security provisions required by Janus and a summary of developments since the decision was issued. The presentation will include an interactive discussion about how the Janus decision is playing out in the real world for public sector employers.

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Compare: Beer, Pot & Hi-tech industries

November 8, 2018 --

Josh Lehner
Oregon Economic Analysis

A friend of the office recently noted that we haven’t been discussing beer nearly enough lately. And it turns out she was right. After our office’s first, real recreational marijuana forecast last year and the Oregon Vice research and presentation I did, our office has been mostly focused on the evolving macro environment this year (more next week). Given this, and the fact that our office recently reconvened our marijuana forecast advisory group, I thought I should rectify the oversight.

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