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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.
Monday, September 28, 2015
BY BEN DEJARNETTE
Controversial track star Nick Symmonds is leveraging his celebrity to grow a performance chewing-gum brand. Fans hail his marketing ploys as genius. Critics dub them shameless.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER
Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | CFA
On September 17, the much anticipated Fed decision was delivered and the equity markets haven't liked it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
Oregon is home to an abundance of gritty warehouses reborn as trendy office spaces, as well as crafty hipsters turned entrepreneurs. Does the combination yield an equally bounteous office products sector? Not so much. Occupying the limited desk jockey space are Field Notes, a spinoff of Portland’s Draplin Design Company, and Schuttenworks, known for whittling Apple device stands. For a full complement of keyboard trays, docking stations and mouse pads, check out the GroveMade line, guaranteed to boost the cachet of even the lowliest cubicle drone.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
BY GREGG LEWIS | OP-ED
The issue of green-washing remains a significant challenge to those of us who would like to see the building sector in this country do more than make unverifiable claims of sustainability. Transparency about the impacts of a given material is the only way to allow designers to make intelligent choices when selecting building products.
Friday, October 02, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Our intrepid (and expecting) research editor finds the child care search involves long waiting lists, costly fees and no certainty of securing a place before she goes back to work.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Ben Kaiser holds his ground.
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