July 31, 2010 - Oregon recession: 2001 vs. 2008

Business Employment Dynamics: Third Quarter, 2009 by Brooke Jackson-Winegardner Oregon Employment Department From June to September 2009, firms in Oregon that were newly opening or expanding added about 86,170 jobs. During the same time, firms that were cutting jobs or closing altogether shed about 93,230 jobs. The result was a […]

July 30, 2010 - California provides economic curse, blessing to Oregon

By Bill Watkins, Oregon Economic Forecast California Lutheran University Full Report here Oregon is in for at least a couple of more years of economic challenge, and there is little that can be done in the short run. The United States economy will be very soft, and Oregon has the […]

July 29, 2010 - Senator pushes 0% capital gains for start-ups

Senator Baucus (D-Mont.) Speaks in Favor of 0% Capital Gains Tax Rate for Startups By Joseph Wallin, Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP NW law firm [T]he United States Senate will resume consideration of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. The bill will exempt from capital gains tax gains […]

July 28, 2010 - More Stimulus or Austerity?

By Patrick Emerson Oregon Economics Blog My little, but highly scientific, poll closed last night and 80% of you indicated that you favor more stimulus over austerity.  There has been a lot of debate in policy circles lately about what the appropriate policy should be right now, but it appears […]

July 27, 2010 - SB 498: Oregon Total Tax Retroactivity

By Valerie H. Sasaki Miller Nash LLP, Oregon and Washington Law Firm One of the hallmarks of good tax policy is predictability in administration. Practically speaking, a taxpayer should be able to rely on the laws in effect when it files its tax return. The Internal Revenue Code adopts this […]

July 26, 2010 - End of Census Jobs Swells Oregon Job Loss

End of Temporary Census Jobs Swells Oregon Job Loss By Oregon Employment Department Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in June, essentially unchanged from 10.6 percent in May. The rate has been between 10.5 and 10.7 percent for the most recent eight months. Oregon’s unemployment rate was 11.6 […]

July 25, 2010 - New $600 rule trips up small business and IRS

In the new Health Care law is a new rule that requires a 1099 form for everyone a business pay more than $600 in a given year. The video below explains on the new rule’s difficult implementation.

July 24, 2010 - Why the New Financial Reform Bill is Bad for Business

U.S. Chamber Says Congress ‘Failed’ in Its Attempt to Reform Financial System Vows to Use Regulatory Process To Prevent Strangulation of Credit By U.S. Chamber of Commerce WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following today’s Senate vote for final passage of financial reform legislation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said […]

July 23, 2010 - Microsoft losing browser war to four rising rivals

Oregon News Note: NetApplications reports that Microsoft is losing key ground in the browser war as it watches it key browser, Explorer, drop 14% in market share.   At the same time Firefox share grew 5%, Google’s Chrome grew 6%, Apple’s Safari grew 2% and Opera by 1%.   These are not […]

July 22, 2010 - Recovery report card. White House misses mark

By Dr. Eric Fuits, EconInternational In 2009, the administration’s economists promoted stimulus spending by putting out some bold projections of the impacts of the stimulus on U.S. Unemployment. For example, the attached chart shows that the administration’s economists expected that, by now, the stimulus would have reduced unemployment to 7.3 […]