February 27, 2018 - Portland Housing on World’s Worst List

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Housing is the single biggest factor driving the cost-of-living. Recent research finds Portland, Oregon is one of the most “severely unaffordable” major housing markets in the world — ranking 67th. Because of the high cost of housing, Oregon has the fifth highest cost-of-living in […]

February 27, 2018 - Oregon small businesses left holding the bag

National Federation of Independent Businesses  “Oregon was a pioneer in recognizing the importance of providing tax relief to small businesses when it created the Small Business Tax Cut as part of the ‘Grand Bargain’ in 2013 – a similar policy to the new federal policy. However, the Oregon policy is […]

February 23, 2018 - Top Business stories of the week – Feb 23rd

1. House Speaker: Cap now, finish bill in 2019 2. Oregon lawmakers move toward repealing tax break  3. Ore. officials struggle on which pot sites are legal 4. Colleges Separating Into Winners & Losers 5. Jenner just wiped $1.7B off Snapchat  6. Chinese Casino Conquered a Piece of America 7. […]

February 22, 2018 - Jolt in coffeehouse employment

Oregon’s Coffee Shops Continue to Perk Up Oregon Workforce and Economic Information According to the National Coffee Association of the U.S.A., which has tracked coffee consumption through annual surveys since 1950, 83 percent of Americans 18 years and older say they drink coffee and 62 percent drink it daily. With […]

February 21, 2018 - How will changes to tax cuts & jobs act impact employee benefits

Bullard Law By Jason W. Douthit By now, you have probably heard about the recent changes to tax rates for individuals and businesses, the personal exemption, and the cap on deductions for state, local and property taxes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) changed several other […]

February 20, 2018 - SB 1528 knocks small business with two taxes

By Oregon NFIB, [Note: SB 1528 has hearing today] In response to the new federal tax laws, the Oregon Senate has proposed a state-level tax overhaul. According to the Oregonian, the proposed tax changes–contained in two bills–would ensure Oregon taxes multinational corporations’ offshore cash, help higher net worth taxpayers get […]

February 19, 2018 - Looking Forward

Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast, March 2018 Oregon Office of Economic Analysis by Josh Lehner This morning the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released the latest quarterly economic and revenue forecast. For the full document, slides and forecast data please see our main website. Below is the forecast’s Executive Summary.

February 15, 2018 - Strong growth for corporations based in Oregon

Oregon’s Company Headquarters: Strong Growth Oregon Workforce and Economic Information While Oregon is home to just two Fortune 500 companies, that doesn’t mean headquarters don’t have an impact on our economy. Oregon’s 1,300 establishments in the ‘management of companies’ sector employ nearly 47,000 people and pay a whopping average wage […]

February 14, 2018 - Seattle soda tax: $7.36 Pepsi and other horrors

Is Seattle beverage tax a cautionary tale for Oregon? Business owners receive little to no guidance from City; shoppers shocked by expense By Oregon Small Business Association Seattle rolled out a beverage tax on Jan. 1 and so far, few positive stories on the implementation have surfaced.  But there has […]