April 28, 2017 - US Chamber reacts to Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Trump Administration’s Tax Reform Outline WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement regarding the tax reform outline released today by the Trump administration:

April 27, 2017 - Marijuana In The Post-Legalization Workplace

By Michael G. McClory Bullard Law, NW Law Firm The Bullard Edge has a new project: Bullard Edge Radio. We are (fictionally) beaming our south of 1 nanowatt signal from an undisclosed broadcast location in Mid-Town. While we are not exactly iHeartRadio, our listenership is growing. To help grow the […]

April 27, 2017 - Forecasting slower Oregon growth

Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis The May forecast is fast-approaching. It is the single most important thing our office does, as it effectively sets the revenue estimates and kicker baseline for the upcoming biennium. This week and next we are meeting with our economic and revenue advisors to […]

April 25, 2017 - Governor Orders Hiring Freeze

Governor Kate Brown Announces First in a Series of Cost Savings Across State Government Governor Kate Brown announced that she is signing an Executive Order implementing a statewide hiring freeze. This is the first in a series of executive actions being taken by Governor Brown over the next several weeks […]

April 24, 2017 - 1st Quarter earnings kicked into high gear

April 21st — First quarter earnings season kicked into high gear this week and investors were treated to a smorgasbord of blue-chip results across a range of industries. As they typically do, numbers for most companies have exceeded Wall Street expectations, but with almost 20 percent of the S&P 500 […]

April 21, 2017 - March retail sales up slightly

Retail Sales Grew 0.3 Percent in March By Treacy Reynolds WASHINGTON – Retail sales in March increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Various factors were at […]

April 20, 2017 - Oregon beer numbers are up

2016 Annual Numbers Press Release Posted by Brian Oregon Craft Beer by the Numbers In a Changing Craft Beer Climate, Oregon Drinkers Continue to Support Their Local Brewers   PORTLAND, Oregon — The Oregon Brewers Guild released their annual numbers report for 2016. Overall, Oregon is seeing strong growth in […]

April 19, 2017 - Oregon 8th fastest job growth state!

By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon had the eighth fastest job growth among the states from January 2016 to January 2017. Adding 43,200 jobs for a growth rate of 2.4 percent, Oregon’s solid job growth was much slower than first ranked Idaho (+4.0%) and second ranked Nevada (+3.5%). Oregon’s job growth […]

April 18, 2017 - ESA’s could benefit students

Education Savings Accounts Can Help Students Without Hurting Public Schools Cascade Policy Institute, By Steve Buckstein  School choice programs allow students to choose schools or other educational resources and pay for them with a portion of the tax funding that otherwise would go to the public school assigned to them […]

April 17, 2017 - Consumer confidence near all-time high

by Brad Houle, CFA, Executive Vice President April 14th — For the shortened holiday week, equity markets were down by almost 1 percent as investors followed events in Russia and North Korea. Interest rates were lower with the 10-year Treasury declining in yield from 2.36 to 2.22 percent. Each quarter […]