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|Friday, January 13, 2012|
The Oregon Department of Revenue's planned $92 million computer upgrade is on hold because the state can't afford the $13 million in startup costs.
“Our judgment was this project was not going to compete very well against human services programs, public safety programs and other places where cuts already are being contemplated,” [state Chief Operating Officer Michael] Jordan said. “It’s really a cash-flow issue and a set of priorities the Legislature is going to have to be dealing with in February.”
The computer system is responsible for processing $7 billion a year and 94 percent of Oregon’s general fund revenue, but officials are not confident in its effectiveness.
The agency’s ability to collect taxes rests on a “myriad of disparate, aging software applications and databases,” according to a 96-page business analysis the Department of Revenue produced in 2010.
Read more at The Bulletin.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
On April 1 I attended a forum at the University of Portland on the sharing economy. The event featured panelists from Lyft and Airbnb, as well as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Asked about the impact of tech-driven sharing economy services. Hales said the new business models are reshaping the landscape. “But,” he added, “I don’t pretend to understand how a lot of this [technology] works.”
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
As momentum grows at the state level to introduce far-reaching environmental regulations, such as carbon pricing and the Clean Fuels Program, Oregon employers continue to go the extra mile to create green workplaces for their employees.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Male tech workers speak out on the industry's gender troubles.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Mohan Nair channels a visionary.
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