September 30, 2011 - Housing improves — even in Portland

By Patrick Emerson, Oregon Economics Blog Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal’s Economics Blog and the Oregonian. The first is some good news in housing: Quote the Journal:

September 29, 2011 - Where the Europe crisis is heading

Where the Europe crisis is heading By Albert Gallatin Recent events in Europe have once again highlighted the macro-economic problem of the developed economies: over borrowing at all levels, public and private, led to unrealistic expansion of credit which eventually led to a bust. In each case Western governments dealt […]

September 28, 2011 - AOI testimony: Family Leave Law, How Oregon compares

AOI Testifies on Oregon’s Family Leave Laws By  J.L. Wilson – Associated Oregon Industries AOI provided testimony this week to the House Business and Labor Committee on the unwieldy nature of Oregon’s family leave laws. The Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) provides the most generous workplace leave provisions of any […]

September 26, 2011 - Walden: Revamping county payments plan to create jobs

Rep. Greg Walden says forest health legislation can put Oregonians back to work in the woods — Draft legislation considered would replace ‘county payments’ with a solution that produces revenue for schools, law enforcement, and roads by putting Oregonians back to work in the woods By Congressman Greg Walden WASHINGTON, […]

September 25, 2011 - Oregon NFIB to host business summit

NFIB host business Summit in Bend, Sunday, October 2—Tuesday, October 4 By NFIB, Every year NFIB/Oregon’s Small Business Summit gets bigger and better and this year will be no exception. The 2011 gathering will be packed full of in-depth policy discussions and other important topics relating to small business. This […]

September 23, 2011 - State Treasurer: Lottery & private financing partnership

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler outlines new vision for investing in Oregon economic opportunities –– Treasurer working with Gov. Kitzhaber, business leaders to design ‘Oregon Investment Act’ By Oregon State Treasurer Press Release excerpts. SALEM –In a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Interim Committee on Business, Transportation and Economic Development, Wheeler […]

September 22, 2011 - Wyden raises internet bias question on domain names

Wyden Calls for Ethics Rules to Prevent Revolving Door for Internet Domain Name Regulators By Senator Ron Wyden, Press Release Washington, D.C. – As the online community prepares for a massive expansion in potential domain names and the expiration of the contract with the non-profit, non-governmental organization responsible for domain […]

September 21, 2011 - Comparing recessions, world recessions

By Patrick Emerson Oregon Economics Blog Absolutely essential reading over at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis blog where Josh updates the Reinhardt and Rogoff data on comparative crises. He shows this graph which I have also been showing from time to time to give some perspective on the seriousness […]