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Oregon Business & Industry’s (OBI) Employment Practices Steering Committee met with Val Hoyle, commissioner-elect of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), during its regular meeting on October 5.

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Only two years after the resounding defeat of Measure 97, Portland voters are being asked to approve a new gross receipts tax. 

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Advocating for policies that help manufacturers remain competitive and grow is one of Oregon Business & Industry’s (OBI) most important missions – 23 percent of our membership is in the manufacturing industry. 

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The Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently completed a report on proposed changes in the utility regulations process that seek to make utilities more responsive to issues related to climate change and equity.

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The Joint Interim Task Force on Health Care Cost Review submitted its report to the Oregon Legislature on September 13, outlining the feasibility of creating a hospital rate-setting process in Oregon.

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The mantra “location, location, location,” is most often used to describe the key to success in real estate. But, increasingly, location also is a key variable for manufacturers.

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Most Oregonians have seen barges traveling down the Columbia River, but many of those observers are unaware that Portland is home to one of the largest U.S. barge-makers.

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Regulated utilities operate in a unique competitive environment. Even with broad agreement on goals among stakeholders, working out the details of a new paradigm for something as complex as utility regulations will be difficult.

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Employers should be aware of and help communicate to their employees of differences in federal and state withholding allowances and help communicate information to employees.

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Discussions in Oregon about carbon reduction, particularly cap-and-trade programs, often lead to the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction went straight to the source for information, hearing testimony from representatives of the WCI and the government of Québec at the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.

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