2017 Legislative Report – Week 23

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – The legislature is now done. The Senate adjourned at noon on Friday and the House followed suit at 3:30 Friday afternoon. This is what happened in the final week of session that will impact local business communities. Labor Bills: BOLI Overtime Fix: House Bill 3458 was negotiated and passed […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 21

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – Last week was a classic good news, bad news week for our businesses. The good news? The legislative leadership scrapped plans to pursue a major tax increase. At issue was House Bill 2830, which for weeks looked like it would be passed out of committee as a new gross […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 18

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – We continue to believe that the legislature has no real political pathway to balance the budget and finish its business in time for the July 10th constitutional deadline. There are not the votes to pass major “cuts” budgets. There are not the votes to pass meaningful cost savings legislation. […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 16

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – Here’s a Week 16 recap of key issues in the Oregon legislature. The biggest issue of Week 16 was the release of the May revenue forecast, which historically has signaled the ‘home stretch’ of the legislative session. The reason the May forecast is so important is because it informs […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 15

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – Here’s a week 15 recap of key issues in the Oregon legislature. Key Labor Bills: Predictive Scheduling: SB 828 implements predictive scheduling for food service, retail and hospitality businesses. As part of the bill, business is seeking a total, permanent statewide ban on local scheduling mandates. Unions are coalescing […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 14

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – Week 14 of the 2017 Oregon legislature was perhaps the quietest of the session to date. Policy bills are largely lying dormant. The biggest issue of the week was undoubtedly the House Democratic Leadership’s announcement of their 2017 ‘Tax and Fiscal’ Plan. The plan outline? $400 million in undefined […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 13

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – There are very few real bills of consequence to OSCC members that are still under consideration. The biggest issues still outstanding are (1) business taxes, (2) transportation funding, (3) predictive scheduling legislation, and (4) increased DEQ fees that would help implement a new regulatory scheme – ‘Cleaner Air Oregon’ […]

2017 Legislative Report – Week 12

Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues – The April 18th committee deadline is now behind us. We know everything that’s in play. All in all, OSCC members are in far better shape than in previous sessions. Yes, there are a handful of threats to the general business community – predictive scheduling, taxes, and a ‘Cleaner Air […]

Tualatin not among top three finishers in America’s Best Communities competition

Tualatin’s dream run to the final round of the nationwide America’s Best Communities competition came to a frustrating finish Wednesday afternoon, April 19, in Denver, as the city was not named among the three prize-winners. Tualatin was left off the podium as country musician Vince Gill announced Huntington, W.Va., had won first place, with a […]