Will the PUC Make Oregon’s Solar Energy Incentives Equitable?

By Lydia White In accordance with House Bill 2941, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is making recommendations to the Oregon State Legislature to ensure Oregon’s solar energy incentives are equitable, efficient, and effective. One recommendation is to modify the compensation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Green Energy, Portland | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Unemployment and the Federal Reserve Board

The Federal Reserve will meet Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. There is endless speculation about whether the Board will raise interest rates or delay a decision until its December meeting. Much of the speculation in the media this past … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Bush/Obama Recession, Donald Trump, Economy, Federal Budget, Federal Reserve, Hillary Clinton, President Obama | Leave a comment

Oregon lags nation in business start-ups

by NW Spotlight Businesses start-ups at an all-time low (in Oregon and nationally) Yesterday’s Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast from the State of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services, Office of Economic Analysis, contains a chart showing that Oregon lags the … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs | 2 Comments

Measure 97 jeopardizes Bend’s progress

by Rep. Knute Buehler and Dino Vendetti Bend and Central Oregon are growing. With easy access to all forms of outdoor recreation, good local schools, expanding higher-education opportunities at the OSU-Cascades campus and direct-flight connections to key cities, Bend and … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:47 | Posted in Economy, Education, Jobs, Measure 97, State Taxes | 18 Comments

Oregon lags nation in income, has higher poverty

by NW Spotlight Back in May the U.S. Census Bureau released some relevant statistics of the voting-age population in advance of the Oregon primary. The release, titled Demographic and Economic Profiles of Oregon’s Electorate, included a graphic comparing Oregon to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy | 2 Comments

Measure 97: A $30 Billion Gamble Oregon Voters Shouldn’t Make

By Steve Buckstein The massive gross receipts tax Measure 97 on Oregon’s November ballot (previously known as Initiative Petition 28) is guaranteed to suck more than three billion dollars a year out of the productive private sector and deposit them … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Initiative & Referendum, IP28, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 19 Comments

Eliminating barriers to entrepreneurship: Reducing occupational licensing burdens

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The ability of American workers to learn a trade, or develop a set of skills they can sell either to employers or directly to consumers, is a central tenant of free market capitalism. However, occupational licensure … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:36 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government | Leave a comment

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