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Oregon Business & Industry urged the Oregon Legislature to slow down in its rush to pass $2 billion in new taxes for education, and carefully weigh the impact of those new taxes and all of the other costly measures under consideration by the Legislature on the Oregon economy.

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These initiatives are an important step forward in the statewide conversation on how we should finally address the pressing PERS problem, which has been draining the budgets of school districts, local government and the state for decades.

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As we get deeper into the 2019 Legislative Session, a familiar specter is back: the runaway costs of the Public Employees Retirement System.

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Oregon legislators are looking to boost education funding by $2 billion through tax increases on the business community.

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In the 2019 Oregon Legislature, lawmakers are proposing tax increases to fund $2 billion toward education. This proposal does not take into account the skyrocketing cost of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), which will likely eat up much of any new revenue  generated from new taxes  proposed this year.

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Legislators need to hear from Oregon Business & Industry members about how an inflated family leave proposal could hurt Oregon’s economy, businesses and workers.

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A big thanks to everyone who participated in OBI’s 2019 Membership Survey. This new tool will help us develop priorities based on what is important to you and your business.

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Oregon Business & Industry members had the chance to communicate with Oregon legislators one-on-one during the OBI Lobby Day on Feb. 28.

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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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