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|Tuesday, May 01, 2007|
The Oregon Legislature heads into what should be its final two months, with leaders calling for a late June adjournment. A few business-related bills flying just below the radar could pop up for floor votes in the last wave of activity.
“That top amount is just punitive if you lost money that year,” Bottomly adds. “There’s room to make a change on the $10 minimum but we’re not interested in discussions about another $150 million in revenue.”
This year’s Legislature has the best chance of any in recent memory of passing a beer tax, and the state’s storied microbrewers are nervous, even though lawmakers are trying to carve out exceptions for them. The tax hike has typically died in the House, where the powerful beer and wine distributors lobby (yes, the one that paid for those Hawaii trips by legislators) had allies in the Republican majority. With the Dems in control, at least three bills propose a hike on beer tax and one includes a new wine tax. The steepest proposal would move the tax on brewers from less than a penny per bottle to more than 10 cents. The money raised would be earmarked for drug and alcohol treatment. That bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) and Sen. Bill Morrisette (D-Springfield) also leaves small breweries untaxed.
Tapping the Columbia
Two months ago, we wrote about several efforts to get more water out of the Columbia River for Eastern Oregon farmers [WATERWORKS, FEBRUARY]. Those pieces of legislation hit some early speed bumps: The Umatilla tribes, the governor and an array of environmental groups oppose the “Oasis Project” bill, which calls for removing an extra 500,000 acre-feet of water year-round, including during salmon runs. Three water-related bills from Sen. David Nelson, the GOP farmer from Pendleton, were held up behind renewable energy legislation. Nelson also supports the Oasis bill. The tribes and the governor support the Nelson effort that seeks authorization to fund a comprehensive water study. The Oasis bill was heard by the House Energy and Environment Committee in mid-April, which forwarded it to a work session, and Nelson’s water study bill moved to Way and Means. Keep your water map handy as these issues play out.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Greenpeace activists suspended themselves from the St. John's Bridge in an attempt to prevent a ship from heading to the Arctic.
Monday, August 03, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
Pushing the extreme.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Chris Maples, president of the Oregon Institute of Technology.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Telemedicine, new partnerships and real estate diversification make health care more accessible in rural Oregon.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner. The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Car and ride sharing services have taken urban areas by storm. Low-income and suburban communities are left at the curb.
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The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.