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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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Oxford Economics concludes that Google data centers generated $1.3 billion in economic activity across the U.S. in 2016 and have generated more than 11,000 jobs.

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The summit will bring together leaders from business and industry, workforce and talent development, and key education and public stakeholders to provide current findings from research on talent development and workforce skills and gather input regarding the future of Oregon’s workforce.

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As OHA prepares to negotiate new CCO contracts, the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) is holding public forums to gather opinions on how the Oregon Medicaid system is working and how CCOs could better serve patients. 

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The Special Session, set for May 21, will consider including some sole proprietorships in the state's existing small-business tax break.

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Legislators met with constituents and local leaders in Baker City, Hermiston and Arlington as part of their statewide review of innovative and successful educational programs.

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By most measures, Oregon's economy is on fire. Our job growth rate is one of the best in the nation, household incomes are up, unemployment is at record lows and tax revenues to fund public services -- driven largely by the positive job and income picture -- are the highest ever.

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