April 30, 2019 - DeFazio unveils bipartisan infrastructure act

Congressman Peter DeFazio, Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (OR-04), introduced H.R. 2396 the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, which would unlock billions in already-collected fees to maintain our nation’s federal ports and harbors. Currently, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund […]

April 30, 2019 - 6 problems of a gross receipts tax

By Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, As representatives of Oregon’s leading private-sector employers, we recognize that the Legislature intends to pass significant new taxes this year, most of which will fall on Oregon’s businesses, small and large. As we consider tax proposals, our organizations will be guided by the following […]

April 29, 2019 - Court hears Title VII Gay and Transgender worker case

By Naomi D. Johnson & Benjamin P. O’Glasser Bullard Law NW Law Firm The U.S. Supreme Court announced its intent to decide whether gay and transgender employees can assert claims against employers for alleged discrimination on the basis of “sex.” The Court has agreed to hear Bostock v. Clayton County, […]

April 26, 2019 - Washington State’s Privacy Acts fails

By Rachel R. Marmor Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP Despite support from the technology industry and almost unanimous support in the state Senate, the Washington Privacy Act (SB 5367) appears to dead after it failed to pass the Washington House before the April 17 deadline for the current legislative session. The […]

April 25, 2019 - Fixing Oregon’s traffic disaster

By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Cascade Policy Institute I’ve got a big family, which means we do a lot of laundry. With our old appliances, we were doing a load a day and there was a backlog of dirty clothes. When our old washer and dryer went kaput, we decided on […]

April 24, 2019 - Bill would diminish single family housing

By Oregon Small Business Association, Most people who live in single family zoned neighborhoods moved there because they wanted what single family neighborhoods offer: quiet, uncrowded streets lined with well-maintained houses occupied by justifiably proud homeowners. They wanted neighbors with driveways and garages in which to store their cars, not […]

April 23, 2019 - PDX Airport bust: 5 guns stolen from people’s luggage

US Attorney Oregon District Office, Deshawn Antonio Kelly, 27, a Portland resident and former baggage handler at Portland International Airport, pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing a stolen firearm after he was caught stealing firearms from the checked luggage of airline passengers. According to court documents, between August 19, […]

April 22, 2019 - Shrader: Blocking Act opens drug competition

Congressman Kurt Schrader Press Release, The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee marked up and passed a series of bills aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, including Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA)’s bipartisan BLOCKING Act, HR 938, that would increase competition in the generic […]

April 19, 2019 - US Chamber criticizes Trump Cuba action

U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in response to the administration’s announcement relating to Cuba and Title III of the LIBERTAD Act: “Six decades of trying to isolate Cuba has failed to bring change to the island, and today’s move only doubles down […]

April 18, 2019 - Made in Oregon outperforms nation

By Oregon Employment Department, Oregon-made products have secured a spot on store shelves around the country, and even the world. Some of these products have obvious Oregon roots, tasty things like marionberry jam, cheese, fine wines, and beers that say ‘Oregon’ right on the label. Some Oregon-made products remain out […]