August 20, 2019 - NFIB: CA must fix flawed Consumer Privacy Act

By California NFIB, The Legislature only has a month left before the law takes effect Jan. 1, 2020 In an editorial for the online news site CalMatters, NFIB State Director John Kabateck urged legislators to act on refining the California Consumer Privacy Act in the month left to them in […]

August 19, 2019 - Columbia Sportswear boldly enters sneaker market

Columbia Sportswear Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq:COLM) is unveiling the SH/FT Collection – its newest footwear line inspired by today’s rapid urbanization and the growing movement to seek balance outdoors. Combining the best of style and function, the SH/FT Collection is designed for a new generation seeking experiences outside by allowing them […]

August 15, 2019 - Rep. Findley: More rural broadband without more taxes

State Representative Lynn Findley seeks ways to help rural Oregon without new taxes By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, Capitol Update Series: Developing high-speed internet connections in rural communities can expand business and economic opportunities, which is one reason Oregon Representative Lynn Findley authored House Bill 2455. The measure would define […]

August 14, 2019 - Online sales taxes close in on small business

Wall Street Journal Editorial, The Supreme Court last year gave states a green light to collect online sales tax from out-of-state businesses without setting guardrails. And what do you know? States are now testing the limits of their taxing power and creating a web of regulatory trip-wires for small businesses. […]

August 13, 2019 - Should the State control marijuana supply?

By Vlad Yurlov Cascade Policy Institute, Does the cannabis industry need central planning? The Oregon legislature thinks so. On June 17, Governor Kate Brown signed a bill allowing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to limit the number of marijuana production licenses, “based on the supply and demand for marijuana.” Senate […]

August 12, 2019 - Wyden: Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights

Oregon US Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., this week to introduce comprehensive legislation that would expand protections for American air travelers. The Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights requires airlines to pay […]

August 9, 2019 - Trade war hurting economy

Wall Street Journal Editorial, Multiple reports out of the White House last week say President Trump overruled all of his economic advisers other than Peter Navarro when he decided to impose new tariffs on China. Global and American economic conditions have been heading south ever since, so perhaps we should […]

August 8, 2019 - Oregon Economic update August 2019

Tim Duy, Oregon Economic Indicators University of Oregon This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for August 2019. The Oregon Measure of Economic Activity rose to 0.26 in June, up from an downwardly-revised -0.07 in May. Highlights of this month’s report include: – The moving average […]

August 7, 2019 - Sweeping Changes for Public Sector Unionized Employers

By J. Chris Duckworth, Attorney, Bullard Law NW law firm Cities with unionized workforces take note: on June 20, 2019, Governor Brown signed House Bill (“HB”) 2016 into law, which will place numerous new restrictions and requirements on how public sector employers (“Employers”) do business with unions and unionized workforces. […]

August 6, 2019 - Replacements fuel long-term jobs

Long-Term Job Openings Fueled by Replacements By Oregon Employment Department, Continued job growth and record low unemployment are making it difficult for Oregon businesses to fill current vacancies, and Oregon’s economy is expected to create 263,000 job openings each year through 2027. At 12 percent, expected employment growth in Oregon […]