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As legislators continue working toward carbon-reduction legislation for the 2018 Session, the Governor’s Carbon Policy Office recently took an important step toward including the most-affected businesses in the discussion. 

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A public comment period has opened on the latest Cleaner Air Oregon draft rules for industrial emissions. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) previously accepted public comments in 2017. 

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Trade-exposed businesses face policy challenges on multiple fronts.

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As representatives of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) and other Oregon Business Plan partners toured the state this summer, the goal was to raise awareness of Oregon’s fiscal crisis and to lay a foundation for legislative action in 2019.

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This month the U.S. Department of Labor handed down a rule that expands access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) for small businesses.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 21 that states can require businesses engaging in digital commerce to collect that same sales tax on online sales that are collected on sales at local stores.

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Wednesday, June 27, that prevents public employee unions from requiring workers to pay dues if they do not want to join a union. 

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Lori Miles-Olund, President of Miles Fiberglass & Composites, and Steve Fleischman, Chief Executive Officer of Education Northwest, have agreed to co-chair the Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) Education Steering Committee.

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Oregon Tech’s choice of OBI’s Interim President to deliver the commencement address was recognition of the importance of the connection between business and industry in a fast-growing and evolving economy such as Oregon’s.

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Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) Vice President & Counsel Betsy Earls announced that she has accepted a job as Oregon Public Affairs Manager for Weyerhaeuser.

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