Revelation this week left Oregon Dems scrambling on min wage hike

Sen. Ted Ferrioli Oregon lawmakers urged to thoroughly vet all major policy bills during ‘short session’ Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli released the following statement urging lawmakers to thoroughly vet all major changes to Oregon policy, avoiding … Continue reading

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Call for minimum wage testimony today at 1pm

by Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) As many of you already know, there have been proposals from the legislature that would significantly raise Oregon’s minimum wage. Today in Workforce and General Government committee Senate Bill 1532 has been scheduled for a … Continue reading

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Minimum wage proposals could hurt our working poor

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Bills to significantly increase Oregon’s minimum wage will be a main topic of vigorous and divisive debated during the upcoming 2016 legislative session. Signatures are being gathered for initiative petitions that would raise the minimum wage … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:19 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 13 Comments

Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to … Continue reading

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“They Left out Radio!” ― Human creativity is the key to economic growth

By Kathryn Hickok Bull market? Bear market? Recession? Recovery? What does 2016 have in store for us? Our economy—national, state, and local—is usually described in terms of numbers, percentages, and quarterly comparisons. But the picture is richer than an aggregate … Continue reading

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Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

By Steve Buckstein Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Initiative & Referendum, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland Politics, Progressivism, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Coos Bay ‘economic development’ schemes addictive

by Wim de Vriend “Coos Bay,” Port manager Steve Felkins told potential tourists in August 1978, “is not oriented to making you people happy two weeks in August,” and he haughtily bragged of how Coos Bay preferred real jobs, not … Continue reading

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