May 27, 2022 - Senate fails to advance the Small Business COVID Relief Act

National Restaurant Association, The U.S. Senate failed to advance the Small Business COVID Relief Act of 2022 (S. 4008), ending the possibility of replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The vote is a devastating blow to the restaurant industry and small business operators. “Throughout the pandemic, restaurants focused on serving […]

May 26, 2022 - Ex-lawyer guilty of ID theft of clients, wire fraud

By Oregon US Attorney Press Release, A former Corvallis, Oregon lawyer pleaded guilty today for perpetrating a scheme to defraud her clients and use their payments to fund personal expenses. Megan Moeller, aka Megan Perry, 42, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft. According to court documents, beginning in […]

May 25, 2022 - Video: Portland Business Alliance’s Portland’s Comeback Forum

By Portland Business Alliance, Our May Forum celebrates the Grand Re-opening of Downtown Portland where we heard from the teams who plan and host Portland’s most prominent attractions. The panelists also gave us an inside view into how these beloved events will take shape following a global pandemic. PANELISTS; Jeff […]

May 24, 2022 - Oregon continues to boom…but pessimism remains

By Josh Lehner, Oregon Office Economic Analysis This 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 and a copy of our presentation slides. The economy continues […]

May 23, 2022 - Portland rental housing shortage made worse

By Micah Perry Cascade Policy Institute According to a revised report from economic consulting firm ECONorthwest, Portland lost 14% of its single family rental houses between 2017 and 2020. That’s a decline of more than 1,300 rental homes per year. This steep drop shouldn’t come as a surprise given the […]

May 19, 2022 - NFIB urges Court to simplify DOL Tip Credit Rule

By NFIB, NFIB filed an amicus brief in the case Restaurant Law Center, et al. v. United States Department of Labor at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case challenges DOL’s 2021 final rule on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) tip credit provision. “The […]

May 19, 2022 - Big revenue forecast reminds us of the need to protect our Kicker

By Oregon Republican Senate Office, SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s economists project that Oregon budgets will have big surpluses, much of which will be returned to taxpayers based on how much in taxes they paid in. “Thanks to the Kicker, Oregonians will get some of their taxes back and with it, […]

May 18, 2022 - Web Scraping and why employers should be concerned

By Heather J. Van Meter Bullard Law The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in LinkedIn v. hiQ Labs, Inc. that “web scraping” is likely not illegal and allowed web scraping company hiQ Labs, Inc. to “web scrape” LinkedIn’s website, including all of LinkedIn’s substantial publicly-available member profile data. Following the […]

May 17, 2022 - Ag warns over baby formula price gouging

By Oregon Attorney General, With increased shortages of baby formula due to recalls, labor shortages, and supply chain disruptions, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum tonight sent a letter to Governor Kate Brown asking her to immediately declare an “abnormal disruption of the market” in Oregon pursuant to ORS 401.965. Oregon law […]

May 16, 2022 - Fake rentals plague Portland

By Oregon Taxpayers Foundation, Where there’s money to be made, scammers are likely to jump in—and that’s just what they’re doing in the hot Portland rental market. According to KPTV, they copy information from real estate listings where owners are selling their homes and then post it on Craigslist offering […]