January 29, 2015 - Timbers heading for a work-stoppage?

Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Excited about the return of the Portland Timbers?  Well, temper that enthusiasm because it appears more and more likely that the MLS is headed toward a work stoppage with the key sticking point free agency for players. Under the current system, […]

January 28, 2015 - Pot law financial impact

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog One of the more interesting and yet unknowable questions in the year ahead is what the impact of Measure 91 will be for Oregon. The basics of the vote itself and the direct implications for Oregonians have been well covered. However, […]

January 27, 2015 - Business privacy & city short-term rental plans

By Technology Association of Oregon. The Portland City Council is considering new proposals to enforce short-term rental regulations. It is critical that Commissioners take the time to carefully weigh and address legitimate individual privacy interests involved with the City’s desire to expand its enforcement authority. Over the past year, Portland […]

January 26, 2015 - West Coast Port Delays Having Economic Impact

By Oregon Small Business Association, Delays at West Coast ports, including Northwest ports, have reached a critical point and threaten regional economies, according to recent news reports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents 29 West Coast port employers, has been locked in contract negotiations with the International Longshore & […]

January 23, 2015 - Biz groups sue against Ambush Elections rule

U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, and Society for Human Resource Management, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board […]

January 22, 2015 - Survey: Business best gains since 2006

By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB The latest numbers released from one of the most trusted economic barometers in the nation showed the most positive gains since 2006, but the Oregon state director for the association that publishes the monthly report was thankful Oregon was only a part of the sampling […]

January 21, 2015 - State rule edges state closer to higher gas costs

By Associated Oregon Industries On Wednesday, January 7, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) adopted rules necessary to implement the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (also known as the clean fuels program). By a 4-1 vote, the EQC approved rules to require importers of transportation fuels to reduce the average carbon intensity […]

January 20, 2015 - Chart: Jobless across Oregon cities

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog Like any individual economic measure, the unemployment rate is flawed. It can go down for bad reasons (people give up looking for work) and up for good reasons (more people looking for a job.) That’s why it is important to not […]

January 19, 2015 - Hacking a problem for state governments

By Oregon Tax News, The Oregon’s Secretary of State Department’s website was breached by international hackers. The attack, which likely originated in China or North Korea, raised serious questions about the safety of personal information in the hands of state government. Oregon, like other states, is increasingly vulnerable to data […]

January 16, 2015 - Most ridiculous lawsuits 2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce A plaintiff in a pending disability lawsuit being caught on video knocking over a large, historic boulder tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) “Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014” survey, which was announced today.  ILR also released a highlight video featuring each […]