2019 Legislative Report – Week 16

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) House and Senate Republicans ground the session to a crawl last week as both caucuses employed tactics designed to slow the pace of the session. Senate Republicans simply did not come to the capitol and effectively denied the necessary quorum to conduct Senate business. Senate Republicans continue to negotiate with […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 15

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) We think that things will start getting more interesting now that the major $2.8 billion business tax passed the House 37-21. Even though the tax bill was muscled through the House, there is still not yet a clear path to the goal. Because although legislative leadership appears to have made […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 14

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) Negotiations are underway on what a “go home” package of legislation would be for legislative Democrats who hold strong majorities in the legislature. Legislative leadership appears to be signaling to the business community that they will pass: HB 3427, the $2 billion gross receipts tax on businesses with $1 million […]

Stop the Raid on SAIF

Governor Kate Brown recently proposed raiding SAIF, Oregon’s leading workers’ compensation insurance carrier of nearly $500 million to cover unfunded liabilities within our state’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Small businesses, school districts, and local governments depend on SAIF’s affordable rates and safety programs to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.  Raiding SAIF’s reserves could […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 13

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) From a business perspective, the 2019 session can be distilled into four primary categories: Revenue. As we’ve noted, there is currently over $5.67 billion in additional revenue proposals that are alive in the legislature. The crown jewel of the revenue proposals is HB 3427, the $2 billion gross receipts tax […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 12

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) The second half of the 2019 session is now underway. Legislative leadership has made the timing decision to prioritize the $2 billion business Commercial Activity Tax (HB 2019) and put it at the front of the line. We are expecting quick consideration of HB 2019 with public hearings on the […]

Oregon Tax Plan Released

We know there is widespread anticipation and concern regarding the new $2 billion business tax being promoted by legislative leadership. Thursday evening, the detailed plan was finally made public. Detailed Tax Plan At a high level, it is a 0.49% gross receipts tax with a 25% deduction for either business inputs or labor costs, whichever […]