August 31, 2012 - U.S. welcomes foreign athletes, yet blocks high-skilled workers?

By Sean Hackbarth U.S. Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise magazine The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki answered a question I had while watching the Olympics: How many athletes competing for other countries athletes train in the U.S.? Nearly four hundred Olympians who this year represented other countries went to school in […]

August 30, 2012 - Portland housing growth indicator best since 2007

Oregon Home Prices By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog The June 2012 Case-Shiller Home Price Indices was released and showed that home prices have increased across the country in the past year. Both the 10 City and 20 City composite indices were positive, as was Portland. The […]

August 29, 2012 - Business stance on four ballot measures

By  J.L. Wilson Associated Oregon Industries As of today, there will be seven initiative ballot measures that have qualified for the November 2012 ballot. Although signatures have not yet been fully verified by the Secretary of State, the AOI Executive Committee analyzed each of the measures and adopted the following […]

August 28, 2012 - Oregon exports to China grow 936%

Out of 435 congressional districts, 420 districts had higher growth in exports to China in 2011 than they did to other markets around the globe. By U.S.-China Business Council   – Congressional districts all over the country are seeing exports to China outpace exports to the rest of the world […]

August 27, 2012 - Portland-area leads growth, Eugene & Bend area weaker

University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes By Tim Duy Oregon Economic Forum University of  Oregon The Portland-area economy continued to outperform the rest of the state in June. As noted in previous reports, the regional measures are prone to potentially large swings due to the volatility of some of the […]

August 26, 2012 - Is it the end for Dell & HP?

Oregon Business News Note, Soft computer sales are tearing into both Dell and Hewlett Packard. Stock prices are reflecting their change. Below is a CNN news commentary on what is causing their fall and what may be their last hope to turn around. View video below.

August 24, 2012 - NIKE & Anheuser-Busch stand by Lance Armstrong

By Business News Note, NIKE and Anheuser-Busch are keeping their contracts with Lance Armstrong in light of the US Anti-Doping Agency banning him for life from cycling racing. The agency also wanted Lance to be removed from his Tour de France titles. Armstrong has announced he is not challenging the […]

August 24, 2012 - CBO: Fiscal cliff even more dire than projected

By U.S. Chamber of Commerce The CBO released its latest report and it’s even more dismal than the one they released in January. In January, the CBO said “The U.S. budget deficit will shrink this year to $1.1 trillion…The deficit, which would be down from last year’s $1.3 trillion, will […]

August 23, 2012 - Oregon NFIB: Petitions Supreme Court on Workers’ Comp case

State Supreme Court Petitioned on Critical Workers’ Compensation Issue By Oregon NFIB, NFIB/Oregon is joining an effort led by Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) to petition the Oregon Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon limited liability companies (LLCs).  NFIB alerted its members a few months ago about a recent decision by […]

August 22, 2012 - Handyman ruled as employee, not independent contractor

Occasional handyman is an employee for Oregon unemployment tax purposes Ater Wynne LLP NW Law frim The Oregon Court of Appeals held that a handyman was an employee, and not an independent contractor, for unemployment tax purposes. Under Oregon law, an independent contractor must be both “free from direction and […]