July 30, 2015 - Smokers & health insurance: good & bad

By Jabob Grier, Portland Writer Cocktail consultant, magician, blogger. Liquidity Preference Blog Looking through my web stats the other day, I noticed that some of the common searches bringing readers to my site relate to smoking and health insurance. Cigar smokers in particular seem to be interested in this. And […]

July 29, 2015 - Opposition to payroll tax increase

By John Charles Cascade Policy Institute At Wednesday’s TriMet board meeting, Cascade Policy Institute President John A. Charles, Jr. presented a detailed critique of TriMet’s proposed tax increase, and urged the Board to cancel public hearings on the tax proposal set for August and September. Over the past several months, […]

July 28, 2015 - Minimum Wage efforts argue: $13.50 or $15.00?

The Raise the Wage Coalition has held a rally and started a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $13.50. This comes at the same time a different organization, 15 Now, is pushing for a $15 minimum wage. See video below.

July 27, 2015 - Millennials & the economy

Dr. Eric Fruits, EconMinute Blog Oregon economist As college students make plans for graduation (and I make plans to teach a summer session at Portland State University), I am reminded how much the world has changed since I graduated college. The typical graduate this year was born sometime between 1990 […]

July 23, 2015 - Oregon Court: Recognizes novel basis for wrongful discharge claim

Miller Nash LLP, Oregon and Washington Law Firm By Lori Irish Bauman While an at-will employee may generally be discharged for any reason, a discharge may be deemed wrongful — and will form the basis of a common law wrongful discharge claim — if it occurred because the employee fulfilled […]

July 22, 2015 - Highlights of 2015 Legislative Session

By Oregon Prosperity Project, What Did the 2015 Oregon Legislature Accomplish? After one of the most contentious Legislative Sessions in recent history, the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session adjourned last Monday, July 6. With overwhelming majorities in both the House (35-25) and the Senate (18-12), Democrats planned from the start of […]

July 21, 2015 - Chart: Portland Housing costs vs. other cities

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Blog This edition of the Graph of the Week highlights the relationship between home prices and new home construction across the 50 largest metros in the country. (Original graph idea from Jed Kolko, formerly of Trulia.) It comes out of some work […]

July 20, 2015 - Wyden inquiry on medical marijuana research

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release, A group of eight United States senators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information about the agencies’ efforts to facilitate and coordinate […]

July 17, 2015 - Bitcoin, teen travel & future of money

Bret Swanson National Chamber Foundation Our 13 year-old daughter just returned home from a two-week exchange program in France. She had the time of her life. But the surprising difficulty we had with money and banks got me thinking, once again, about the huge potential of crypto-currencies. Several months ago, […]

July 16, 2015 - Portland rated as over-priced city.

By Oregon Small Business Association Foundation Forbes says Portland is overpriced Portland placed #12 on Forbes’ list of America’s Most Overpriced Cities. Los Angeles was #1, followed by Chicago, Miami, and New York. To come up with the list, Forbes compared the housing prices, living expenses, unemployment rates, and average […]