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|Thursday, March 01, 2007|
If you’re still basking in the sunshine moment of last month when the state’s major business groups spoke with one voice to the Oregon Senate Revenue committee, it’s now safe to take off your shades. It was a historic scene, sure. But even as the Oregon Business Association, Associated Oregon Industries and high-tech lobby AeA, among others, stated their support for the suspension of the corporate “kicker” tax refund and diverting the $275 million into a reserve fund, there were some fractures and grumbling below the surface. A look at this and other harsh realities as the Legislature rolls into a third month…
CAPITAL TO BE GAINED?
As the hearings about the corporate kicker got under way, House Minority Leader Wayne Scott (R-Canby) proposed affixing capital gains and inheritance tax reductions to suspension of the corporate kicker. One of AOI’s lobbyists also voiced support for tax reductions as part of the kicker suspension. (The kicker is money “kicked back” to companies and individuals when state tax revenues are more than 2% better than projections.)
RENEWABLE ENERGY, RENEWED BATTLE
Last session, a bill promoting biofuels broke down after partisan bickering involving business interests. But with similar legislation moving swiftly this year, renewable energy for electricity is the issue that’s causing some division in the Oregon business community. This, even after lengthy discussions over the past year in the governor’s renewable energy working group, which included industry representatives, power companies, public interest groups and clean-energy proponents.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Most of the food Americans consume is trucked in from hundreds of miles away. Eric Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Gro-volution, wants to change that. So this past spring, the Air Force veteran and former greenhouse manager started work on an alternative farming system he claims is more efficient than conventional agriculture, and also shortens the distance between the consumer and the farm.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
When gossip crosses the line.
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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Training, from the mundane to the sublime, bolsters companies and workers in an uncertain world.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The state’s angel investing fund gets hammered in Salem.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CAMILLE GRIGSBY-ROCCA
Can the brave new world of neurotechnology help an OHSU surgeon find a cure for obesity?
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
BY KEN MAES
A huge migration from Northern California has contributed to average 16% growth per year since 1990.
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Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
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.