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Years ago, Sen. Betsy Johnson said retired Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli labeled her a “BFD.”

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The Oregon Business & Industry Board of Directors on Tuesday affirmed that, based on agreements with legislative leadership, it is neutral on the tax provisions of the Student Success legislation pending at the Legislature.

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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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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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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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The governor’s budget sets the framework for the discussions that will commence when the Oregon Legislature convenes in January. 

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Salem, OR—August 21, 2018—Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), the leading voice of business and industry in the state, today announced Sandra (Sandi) McDonough as the business association’s chief executive officer effective October 8.

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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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"When vague allegations were raised about OBI President Mark Johnson by a former employee, the executive committee retained an experienced outside investigator to thoroughly review and evaluate them. The details of the investigator’s report are privileged, but the investigator did not find any pattern of misconduct. However, the full executive ... Read More