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The Office of Economic Analysis now predicts that the state will take in about $750 million more in revenue during the 2017-19 biennium than previously estimated.

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In addition to the Special Session, Legislative Days offered an opportunity to hear updates on several important issues. Here’s a look at some of the issues that were discussed, with links to information from the hearings.

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Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), in partnership with the Lane Powell law firm, is sponsoring the 35th Annual “Best Practices for Best Employers” Labor & Employment Seminar.

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The scope of the Session was narrow, extending a small-business tax break to about 12,000 eligible sole proprietorships - about half of which are expected to take advantage of the new law.

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Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) and former Representative Val Hoyle, a Eugene Democrat won the two highest-profile races in Oregon’s May primary.

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Legislators will hear updates from a variety of joint committees, work groups and government agencies in addition to regular committee meetings and hearings related to the Special Session.

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LC 1 would extend the small business tax rate established during the 2013 Special Session to sole proprietorships.

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Amid discussion over how to cope with the growing cost of public employee pensions, the state has made some changes in how its biennial pay and compensation survey will be completed. 

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This will be a critical year for the Oregon Business Plan, as the Legislature prepares for the 2019 Long Session. Longstanding fiscal challenges, including public employee pension and health care costs, remain unresolved while newer challenges, including high housing costs and homelessness, place even greater pressure on the state budget.

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The Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) held a meeting May 8 and 9 to help develop CAO rules. Judging from discussion during the meeting, significant work remains to persuade the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to adopt rules that fairly balance the needs of business, community and good government.

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