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2020 has proven to be quite a year for all of us, and for me it has underscored the need for a strong voice for business in our state, and an organized and effective business community.

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For more information call: Nathaniel Brown, government relations representative: nathanielbrown@oregonbusinessindustry.com or 971-219-5561 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OBI, OBC and PBA thank Gov. Kate Brown for her leadership in the effort to resolve the ongoing challenges in downtown Portland. In addition to the joint statement by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler ... Read More

The economic impacts from COVID-19 are staggering. This is not news to any OBI member, and, indeed, I have written about these impacts in this column in previous months. Our members have proven to be some of the most innovative, generous, and adaptable businesses in the state, if not the country – but none of them are impervious to the crisis at hand.

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A new report detailing COVID-19’s toll on Oregon’s economy makes it clear that the virus is calling the shots. Control it, the economy gets better. Lose control, the economy gets worse.

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As this column goes out, our nation will be recognizing Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.

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For more information call: Nathaniel Brown, government relations representative: nathanielbrown@oregonbusinessindustry.com or 971-219-5561 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Across Oregon, and the nation, Americans are living through a very painful and multi-layered crisis. Some 40 million Americans, 400,000 in Oregon, have lost their jobs because of the ... Read More

Last week, state economists confirmed what Oregon Business & Industry and our members have been experiencing for several weeks now: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the private sector incredibly hard. Indeed, economists noted that the current COVID-19 recession is the worst since the Great Depression.

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Today, state economists confirmed what Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) and our members have been experiencing for several weeks: Oregon is experiencing a severe recession that will have long-term negative impacts, including severely reduced public services, if the state doesn’t immediately begin to focus on how it can support Oregon businesses in bringing back lost jobs. 

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On Thursday, April 23, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a ruling that Multnomah County’s campaign contribution limits do not violate the Oregon Constitution.

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In new data released Thursday, April 16, the Oregon Employment Department stated that more than 300,000 Oregonians have been laid off with about 54,000 in the past week alone. That translates to roughly 1 in 7 Oregonians. 

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