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Marion, Polk County Key to Deciding Legislative Majorities

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Nov. 18th, 2022
While every voter in Oregon will help decide this year’s ultra-competitive three-way race for governor, it’s voters in Marion & Polk counties, particularly in Salem, that will likely determine whether Oregon’s new chief executive will be working with Democrat or Republican majorities in the next legislative session.   Currently, Oregon is on…
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Shocking the Electric Vehicle System

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Sep. 30th, 2022
Last month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs by 2035. Like many other industries, California’s vehicle market is the largest in the nation, so it’s no surprise that this change in policy will have major impacts for automakers and drivers in other states, whether they adopt thei…
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Oregon Taxes for Upcoming Ballots

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Sep. 30th, 2022
With the elections upcoming and inflation at record highs, Americans turn their attention to ways to save money. This includes their tax plan as well.  In addition to $3.3 trillion in federal taxes, in 2018 Americans paid $950.5 billion in state taxes distributed across sales, income, property, license, and other taxes. Across all states, sales and gro…
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LAWMAKERS PUSH $22B INCOME TAX FOR FREE HEALTH PLAN

Written by Taxpayers Association of Oregon on Sep. 29th, 2022

As the Lund Report notes, “The task force released a draft report on Monday and is accepting comment until the end of the day on Sept. 19. The report is due to be submitted to the Legislature later this month. Under the plan, lawmakers would create a single generous statewide comprehensive health insurance plan that eliminates premiums, co-pays, office vis…

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Understanding Paid Family Medical Leave fund

Written by Oregon Small Business Association Foundation on Sep. 28th, 2022
Beginning next year, Oregon workers and many companies will begin paying into a Paid Family Medical Leave fund, and workers who need time off with pay can begin applying for benefits under Paid Leave Oregon in September 2023. Oregon lawmakers in 2019 passed the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, which lets workers apply for prorated paid time off to care for a …
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The September Economic and Revenue Forecast

Written by Oregon Business & Industry on Sep. 5th, 2022
The September Economic and Revenue Forecast came out Aug. 31. Here are the highlights: Bottom line: Gross general fund revenue for the 2021-23 biennium, which began on July 1, 2021, is now expected to be $27.9 billion. This exceeds the $23.3 billion forecast in June 2021 as the legislative session ended and just before the biennium began. The forecast now p…
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Taxpayers Association of Oregon: The Bull Pen

Written by Taxpayers Association of Oregon on Sep. 5th, 2022
By October 1st, 2022, a new Oregon law will go into effect that bans hiring bonuses in the name of equality (HB 2818).   The current practice of Tri-Met transit offering $7,500 and McMennamins restaurants offering $1,000 hiring bonuses will soon be illegal. If minorities are suffering from lack of employment and businesses suffering from historic labor…
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Fly Salem, Fly!

Written by Zachary S. Sielicky on Sep. 1st, 2022
Last month, Travel Salem, SEDCOR, Fly Salem Committee, and the Salem Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to Salem City Council outlining critical efforts needed to bring commercial air service back to Salem.    Dear Mayor Bennett, Mayor-Elect Hoy, & Salem City Councilors: We believe in helping businesses prosper and that smart economic de…
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Salem Is the 9th Most Dependent Midsize U.S. Metro on Small Businesses

Written on Jul. 18th, 2022

You can see in a new report from Smartest Dollar looking at which U.S. locations are most dependent on small businesses, despite representing 99.9% of all businesses in the country and generating nearly half U.S. annual GDP, the role of small businesses in the economy has been on a decline for several decades. In the late 1980s, small businesses employed 54.…

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