February 28, 2019 - Oregon town a 3x Best Performing City Winner

By Oregon Small Business Association, For the third year in a row, the Bend-Redmond area tops the list of the 201 best-performing small cities in the United States, while Portland’s economic performance failed to land it a spot among the top 25 large cities. In contrast, the Seattle metropolitan area, […]

February 27, 2019 - Columbia Sportswear sues rival over fraud, racketeering

By Oregon Small Business Association, Portland-based Columbia Sportswear has filed a $20 million lawsuit against a competitor, accusing Seirus Innovative Accessories of San Diego and its leaders of wire fraud, perjury, and racketeering. Columbia’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, is just the latest volley in six-year intellectual […]

February 26, 2019 - DeFazio Earthquake Bill advances

By Congressman Peter DeFazio, The House passed legislation introduced by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), the Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2019, to help fund an earthquake early warning system that could save lives, reduce injuries, and mitigate infrastructure damage from the devastating effects […]

February 25, 2019 - Ore. Marijuana: Supply, demand, trends

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economics Notes on three new marijuana research pieces that has come out recently. First, 2017 state level estimates of drug and alcohol use were released recently. What it shows is a continuation of trends related to marijuana use in the past decade. States with […]

February 22, 2019 - NFIB opposes Raise the Wage Act

NFIB, The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582 & S. 150) would lead to massive job losses, lost production, and income reduction on a national scale, according to a newly released economic forecast from the NFIB Research Center. If the bill becomes law, there would be approximately 1.6 million fewer […]

February 21, 2019 - Rent control is a steal

By Miranda Bonifield Cascade Policy Institute, Remember that emotional final episode of the now-classic sitcom Friends? As the group reminisces about the New York apartment that served as the stage for most of the show, Chandler tells his newborn child, “This was your first home…and thanks to rent control, it […]

February 20, 2019 - I-5 and I-205 toll plan likely say Feds

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Motorists traveling on I-5 and I-205 through Portland during peak travel times are likely to pay a freeway toll in the not-too-distant future. The Federal Highway Administration requested more information but, in a letter Jan. 8, indicated the Oregon Transportation Commission’s request to impose tolls […]

February 19, 2019 - How Oregonians spend their rising income

By Josh Lehner Oregon Office of Economic Analysis The best economic news in recent years is the growth seen in household incomes. They are rising as we have more Oregonians employed who are working more hours and for higher pay. Oregon’s growth has been considerably stronger than what is experienced […]

February 18, 2019 - 3 reasons Oregonians are not working

There is a large amount of turnover in the labor market every month, as many people move between categories of employed, unemployed, and not in the labor force. Movements between these categories are known as “flows.” People move between these categories for several reasons, which generally are considered to be […]

February 15, 2019 - Should pot be under same rules as alcohol?

By Oregon Family Farm Association, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has proposed regulating marijuana like alcohol. HB 420, a bill introduced in Congress recently, would take marijuana off the list of federally controlled substances. Since the 1970s, the number 420 has been […]