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Although it is only two weeks old, the 2019 legislative session has gotten off to a roaring start, with several pieces of sweeping legislation already on the table. Our OBI team is on top of it, at the Capitol every single day to make sure the perspective of Oregon business is heard in every hearing room and every office. We can do that only because of your support.

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Oregon Business & Industry is pleased to see that the much-anticipated carbon reduction bill has finally been released so Oregonians can begin to understand the impacts of this proposed legislation. 

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Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and are heading into a prosperous 2019. When the 2019 Legislature convenes, several big issues impacting your business will be on the agenda and we will be tracking issues on taxes, cost control, education, environment, health care and employment, making sure your voice and concerns are heard.

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Analysis of the Governor’s 2019-21 budget on issues of interest to the business community.

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The Oregon Business Plan’s annual Leadership Summit helps set the tone for business lobbying efforts in the upcoming legislative session. This year’s event, sponsored by the Oregon Business Council (OBC), Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) and Portland Business Alliance (PBA) on Monday, December 3, helped frame key issues that will define the 2019 session.

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No industry is more dependent on the fourth-quarter than retailers, who count on big spending during the holidays to ensure they finish in the black. For years, the holiday focus has been on the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday. 

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The governor’s budget sets the framework for the discussions that will commence when the Oregon Legislature convenes in January. 

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Describe the mission of the National Federation of Independent Business and what makes it different from other organizations advocating for small business? To promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. NFIB is structured differently from many business associations. It is one national organization. There are no ... Read More

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) published the final rules for the new Equal Pay Law (HB 2005) on November 19. The rules, while slightly modified, are substantially the same as the drafts we first saw during the rulemaking advisory committee and the proposed rules that were published on August 28, 2018. The new rules are effective January 1, 2019.

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Oregon voters elected Kate Brown to a second term as Oregon’s governor. In the Legislature, Democrats won supermajorities in both the House with 38 seats and the Senate with 18 seats.

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