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|Wednesday, November 01, 2006|
Associated Oregon Industries, the state’s oldest and largest business lobby, overhauls its mission, installs a new leader and sets about shining its lackluster image.
By Christina Williams
Richard Butrick’s retirement reception was a friendly, buffet-table, open-bar affair at the Salem Convention Center. Backs were slapped, speeches were made and jokes were cracked. At the evening’s wane, Butrick, president of Associated Oregon Industries since 1986, asked the well-dressed group to turn their allegiance over to his successor: a tall, gray-haired gentleman keeping a low profile in the back of the room.
For Salem insiders, that introduction marked the end of an era. For two decades Butrick, a former parole officer, was the man out front for the state’s oldest and largest business lobby. During that 20 years AOI built up its muscle as a player in the capitol, raising more money for its political action committee, adding thousands of companies to its membership rolls and taking staunch positions against bills the association deemed bad for business.
A deal struck with SAIF in 1991 meant that AOI could sell workers’ comp packages to its members at attractive rates. Thousands of members joined AOI to buy the workers’ comp coverage. Under the current SAIF contract, AOI still offers the insurance, but no longer receives the money for the magazine. Another contract under which AOI provides risk management services for SAIF is likely to expire this year.
In addition to the SAIF complaints, AOI has been charged with exerting its considerable influence in the Legislature — many feel excessively. The group received much of the blame for killing biofuels legislation during the 2005 session by adding an extension of the Pollution Control Tax Credit for Oregon businesses. (Rep Jackie Dingfelder, the Democrat from Portland who sponsored the original bill along with Rep. Jeff Kropf, a Republican from Sublimity, calls the PCTC “the sacred cow of AOI.”) AOI also urged the addition of language that would prohibit the state from adopting clean car standards such as the ones passed in California.
“It’s in every business entity’s interest for them to be a strong organization,” says Mike McCallum, president of the Oregon Restaurant Association, who worked closely with AOI to oppose the energy deregulation bills in the 2001 and 2003 legislative sessions.
“AOI is the one organization that should be the leader and has the potential to give everyone else the backbone to stand up for core business issues,” says J.L. Wilson, state executive director for National Federation of Independent Business. “That’s the role they should assume.”
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