New costs sink businesses. No room for new tax.

The cost of Doing Business in Oregon is Skyrocketing!

Due to a court decision PGE and Pacific Power rates will be going up 13% this year. (1)

In 2006, employer health insurance premiums increased by 7.7 percent — two times the rate of inflation. Total national health expenditures rose 6.9 percent. (2)

Oregon reached record high gas prices in April 2007, and rated among 10 highest gas prices in the state. (3)

On January 2007 Oregon’s minimum wage rose 30 cents per hour

Portland had the nation’s second highest housing Bump. (4)

Message to legislature:
Don’t raise taxes on Oregon businesses. They are struggling enough!

(1) The Oregonian 5-31-2007.
(2) “National Health Spending in 2005.” Health Affairs 26:1 (2006)
(3) KOIN TV -6 April 23, 2007, KGW-TV8 June 8, 2007
(4) The Oregonian 9-06-2006, Portland Business Journal 3-28-2007


    Just think how bad off they’d be if they had to employ only legal US citizens and pay them Oregon’s full minimum wage 😉 lol,lol!

  • Dave A.

    And people continue to wonder why no large firms of any type are locating here. Thank heaven I’m retiring in 33 months and leaving this pathetic state. I can hardly wait until the next recession for a replay of 2001-2002. And if anyone honestly thinks the small amount of money put away in the rainy day fund will help; they are delusional.


      I don’t think anyone really believes that this was the one and only time the corporate kicker will be raided. This was just a feeling out time to see if the people would support it. They’ll be back for it and eventually the kicker that the public gets too!

  • Captain_Anon

    the minimum wage is the only one on the list that the legislature or the local governments have had anything to do with. everything else is market driven and has been seen elsewhere around the country – except for housing prices – but that’s purely market driven. every other state is facing increases in gas prices, health care costs, and utility costs. the courts impacted our utility costs to what they are now (but my understanding is the NW still has some of the lowest electric rates). and gas in oregon has traditionally been one of the highest as dictated by the gas companies and refineries. the minimum wates of the surrounding states are comparable – and are compareable to our cost of living when taking into account the low min. wates in other states. food to chew on

  • Jason W.

    – Oregon being a high gas price state has relation to teh fact that Oregon has a gas tax higher than the national avergae.
    – Oregon having high housing costs is related to Oregon’s restrictive land-use policies which limit supply of land and artificially drive up prices.
    – Health care costs rise when Oregon adds mandates, and regulations to state health industries and make it more expensive to have insurance.
    – Oregon’s utility rates cab be higher than they should be because we stuck a 3% charge on people’s utility bill to pay for something for which not too many people where the money goes.

    • Captain_Anon

      you speak out of both sides of your mouth. High land values are good for land owners. everyone here believes it thier right to have thier property value INCREASE. if it doesn’t, they want the government to compensate them. the truth is land use laws provide predictability, which lending institutions like and will loan money on. propsective buyers like predictability because they know a pig farm, or a small auto repair shop won’t open up next to them. zoning helps keep land values and appreciation up. and the large influx of people moving to oregon bumps up the prices of of houses. it’s supply and demand. boise, which has lax land use laws, has seen wide spread land value appreciation because it’s become a destination town. large influx of people. THAT’s what causes high property values. there is so much urban land that is undeveloped within the UGB that it’s a joke to say we need to expand it. pleasant valley is still undeveloped after coming in the UGB a few years ago. Damascas still has over 12,000 acres open to residential development that hasn’t happened yet. if the deman was there, developers would be building. Bethany still has HUGE swaths of land waiting to be developed in the UGB.

      even if our gas tax was the same as washington or california we’d still have high gas prices. that’s a result of transport costs, refining capacity (notmuch in the NW) etc etc. it’s not JUST the gas tax. which has remained unchanged since,what, 1993?

      so, do some research and tell us where the 3% utility tax goes to. and even with that 3%, our power is much less than the rest of the nation. explains that 40 states have higher residential electric rates than Oregon. so, 80% of the country has higher electric rates. in the NE, they are pretty much twice as expensive.

  • David

    Jason W, I don’t know if you’ve ever lived anywhere else, but if you did you’d find that Oregon’s utility prices are actually quite low. Electricity prices here are about half those in the Northeast, for example, per kW-hr. People here really have very little cause for complaint.

    • Jason W.

      Oh I do realize that. I never said Oregon pays higher utility rates, I just said they pay higher than they should because of the 3% tax, and before that I stated that the costs are goign up.

      A lot of these small taxes come because the liberal activists say it wont hurt that much. Wel, when you add them altogether it hurts a lot.


    David, please state your sources, not your opinions! We can all imagine where prices are lower……………….I’d just like to know “where” where is! What is the price in the Northeast as compared to the Northwest, please…………………….let me know all this money I’m saving on energy by living out here!

    Come on, gimme some stats, bell curves……………something besides something you read in an Algore article, please anything!

  • David

    Crawdude, the sources are my own finances. I lived in New Hampshire until Jan-06. In NH electricity is about 16-17 cents/kW-hr. Here in Oregon I pay 8-9 cents/kW-hr. Water prices are about the same.