December 1, 2022 - NFIB study: Labor quality is hurting small businesses

By National Federation of Independent Business. Small businesses reporting labor quality as their top small business operating problem remains elevated at 21%, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. Nine percent of owners reported labor cost as their single most important problem, down one point from October. “The small business economy […]

November 30, 2022 - Woman Faces Federal Charges for Role in Local Fraud Ring

By U.S. Attorney, Oregon District Press Release, A federal grand jury in Portland has returned an indictment charging a local woman for her alleged role in a fraud ring that used the stolen identities of multiple victims in the Portland area to open bank accounts and credit cards, purchase vehicles, […]

November 29, 2022 - Advocating for Third Party Delivery Fee Caps

By Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. ORLA has been participating in the drafting and adoption of a permanent third-party delivery fee cap for the City of Portland along with other stakeholders and the Mayor’s office in a transparent collaboration with input from all sides. See the latest draft here. During the […]

November 28, 2022 - Small businesses fret new Multnomah flavor ban

By Oregon Small Business Association, Local small businesses faced a disappointing Black Friday as inflation, recession fears and wary shoppers helped to depress sales.    Now local small businesses in Multnomah County face a new problem that could wipe them out altogether.   Multnomah County is considering a county-wide tobacco and vaping […]

November 25, 2022 - Stop Credit Card Companies from Squeezing Small Business

By NFIB, The Washington Times has published a new op-ed, written by NFIB Federal Government Relations Director Jeff Brabant, that explains how credit card companies unfairly charge small businesses with multiple fees and how the Credit Card Competition Act of 2022 would give small businesses choices. “The credit card fee […]

November 23, 2022 - Con. Bonamici calls for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Financing Fix

By Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Press Release, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) urged House leadership to include provisions that would improve effectiveness of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) in any end-of-year tax legislation. The LIHTC has been used for the construction or […]

November 22, 2022 - Oregon part of $391 million Google settlement

Oregon Attorney General Press Release, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, along with 39 other state attorneys general, announced an historic $391.5 million settlement with Google over its location tracking practices. The settlement, which was led by Oregon AG Rosenblum and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson, is the largest attorney general-led consumer […]

November 21, 2022 - Revenue forecast raises kicker questions

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation The signal was loud and clear this morning that liberal tax-and-spend lawmakers are coming after your kicker. Today in Salem, the state’s economists gave their quarterly revenue forecast to an interim committee of lawmakers. Surprisingly, even with high prices and increased interest rates, economists […]

November 18, 2022 - NFIB study: Small Businesses Struggle with Inflation, Labor Shortages

By NFIB, NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index declined 0.8 points in October to 91.3, which is the 10th consecutive month below the 49-year average of 98. Thirty-three percent of owners reported that inflation was their single most important problem in operating their business, three points higher than September’s reading and […]

November 17, 2022 - Settlement with Portland motel lacking accessibility

U.S. Attorney’s Office Reaches ADA Settlement with Portland Motel Lacking Accessible Entrances or Guest Rooms By US Attorney, Oregon District PORTLAND, Ore.—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced today that it has reached a settlement with Studio 6, a Portland motel, to resolve allegations that the motel […]