OSPIRG releases report on corporate tax transparency

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group found the state does not provide legally required information about several corporate tax expenditures.

 

Small businesses can bypass Cover Oregon

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Small businesses can now qualify for tax credits without going through the health insurance exchange.

 

Portland mayor touts renewal reforms, business development

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Mayor Charlie Hales discussed reform of the city's Urban Renewal Districts during his State of the City speech.

 

Oregon lobbyist Dave Barrows passes away

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Barrows, the longest-serving lobbyist at the Oregon Capitol and a Portland lawyer, died at the age of 78.

 

Oregon small businesses receive $5.6M in federal money

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The U.S. Treasury money comes from the State Small Business Credit Initiative.

 

Airbnb to set up in Old Town Chinatown

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The vacation rental startup will build its North America headquarters at 34 NW First Avenue.

 

Cover Oregon will miss fed enrollment deadline

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Friday, March 14, 2014

The state's online health insurance exchange will not open to the public before the end of March.

 
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