September 30, 2014 - Oregon: Nation’s #3 highest gas price – again

By Oregon — American Automobile Association “Retail gas prices are moving down in most markets, however the Oregon average is once again the third most expensive in the country after spending the last two weeks in fourth place. For the week, the national average for regular unleaded falls a nickel […]

September 29, 2014 - Oregon tobacco sees rise in two areas

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog For the past few years our friends over at the Department of Revenue, Research Division have been providing us with more detailed information based on tobacco wholesaler tax forms for non-cigarette products. Cigarettes still dominate tobacco tax revenues across the country […]

September 26, 2014 - Poll: Don’t punish firms for tax inversions

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Voters strongly oppose action to retroactively limit tax inversions, according to a new poll released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Fair Reform for Growth” campaign. The nationwide survey of likely voters, conducted by Purple Insights, also found that when it comes to changing U.S […]

September 25, 2014 - Washington’s “Stay at Work” program

By Media Plus, Washington Media firm Washington State Department of Labor & Industries kicks off a fall campaign that encourages employers to offer light duty work to injured workers. The Stay at Work program provides Washington state employers financial incentives to get workers back to work, allowing them to keep […]

September 24, 2014 - Oregon has lost a sawmilling legend

By Seneca Sawmill, Eugene Aaron Jones, founder of Seneca Sawmill Company and a long-time Eugene resident, died on Monday, September 22, 2014. He was 92 years old. Jones was a prominent industry leader for more than 50 years, guiding the family-owned sawmills in the West through bruising battles with special-interest […]

September 23, 2014 - Oregon revisits high-cost carbon fuel standard

Associated Oregon Industries Oregon’s largest business advocate by John Ledger Higher costs for your business, higher prices for your customers The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a proposed state mandate promoted as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It would require fuel providers (gasoline and diesel) to reduce […]

September 22, 2014 - Export grants help 170 local companies

From Business OregonOregon has been awarded $300,000 in a third round of federal grant funding to help Oregon companies promote their products to customers around the world through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program. Since 2012, STEP-funded export promotion grants totaling $594,000 helped 170 Oregon companies achieve immediate […]

September 19, 2014 - Chamber condemns Senate attack on Free Speech

U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement on the Senate’s cloture vote on the Udall Amendment, S.J. Res. 19: “Few measures deserve to be more roundly rejected than Senator Udall’s amendment to repeal free speech rights enshrined in the […]

September 18, 2014 - Workers’ comp drops for 2nd straight year

Department of Consumer and Business Services Workers’ compensation costs to drop for second-straight year Oregon workers’ compensation costs will decrease an average 5.3 percent in 2015, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced this month.

September 17, 2014 - Can an Independent Contractor share your trade secrets?

Miller Nash LLP, Oregon and Washington Law Firm Think Your Independent Contractor Is Prohibited From Disclosing Your Trade Secrets? Think Again. A recent case out of Massachusetts held that, as a matter of law, in the absence of a confidentiality agreement (or a formal confidentiality policy), an independent contractor was […]