The Real State of Employment in Oregon

A recent article in The Oregonian reported that Portland (apparently for The Oregonian that is all there is in the state) was reaching “full employment” and that economic growth will now slow down.  Well The Oregonian did not so much … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bush/Obama Recession, Economy, Employment, Fake News, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Jobs, Media, Media Bais, Poverty, President Obama | 1 Comment

Bad Consequences of Public Policies Aren’t Really “Unintended,” Just “Unacknowledged”

By Steve Buckstein Decades of research and experience tell us that raising the government-imposed minimum wage results in fewer younger and lower-skilled individuals being hired, and in some of them losing jobs they previously held at lower wages.* Decades of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Employment, Housing, Jobs, Oregon Government, Political Correctness, Progressivism, State Government | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Making Youth Unemployment Worse

–The unintended negative effects of raising minimum wage rates By Randall Pozdena and Steve Buckstein President-elect Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of one of the nation’s largest fast food chains to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The food preparation … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Oregon Government, Portland, Right-to-Work, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , | 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

Two-Thirds of Oregon Union Members Want to End the Unions’ “Forced-Rider” Problem

By Kathryn Hickok and Steve Buckstein Last month, National Employee Freedom Week (August 14-20, 2016) called attention to the rights of union members to opt out of union membership if they choose and to stop paying dues and fees to unions … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Jobs, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

IP 28 will result in over 20,000 lost Oregon jobs, higher prices

Oregon Senate Republicans IP28’s Regressive Tax Would Have Devastating Effect on Oregon’s Economy Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue heard a report on the potential effects of Initiative Petition 28, a ballot measure … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:04 | Posted in Jobs, Public Employee Unions, State Taxes | 4 Comments

Help the Working Poor Adam Smith’s Way

By Steve Buckstein This year’s May Day activities in Portland centered on promoting “workers’ rights” and “resistance to capitalism.” Unfortunately, too few critics of capitalism seem to realize that many of the workers they seek to help are being kept … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged | 23 Comments

Some early reactions to Oregon’s min wage hike

by NW Spotlight Oregon now has the highest minimum wage in the country Last week Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the bill that incrementally raises Oregon’s minimum wage. The bill goes into effect in July and according to KOIN gives … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:17 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 4 Comments

Oregon House Dems adopt partisan and costly min wage mandate

Oregon House Republican Office Salem, OR – With unprecedented speed and little regard for potential consequences, House Democrats yesterday adopted a partisan wage mandate that rapidly increases Oregon’s minimum wage to the highest rate in the country. SB 1532, which establishes … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 191 Comments

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

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

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

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Economy, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, Labor, Oregon Government, State Government, Unemployment | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

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

Minimum wage hike: Hidden costs of compensation

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon currently has the second-highest minimum wage in the nation, behind only Washington State. That is due largely to the 2002 passage of Measure 25, a Constitutional amendment that raised the wage and requires it to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Labor | 37 Comments

WA governor lauds forest products’ role in economy, sustainability

Washington Forest Protection Association OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation of this week (Oct. 18-24) as Washington Forest Products Industry Week is proof of the importance of wood products to the state’s economy and environment, industry leaders say. “The governor’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:27 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Jobs, Timber | Leave a comment

The Decline of the Port of Portland

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carried an article about the trials and travails of small ports in an age of increasingly larger supersized cargo ships. The article highlighted Portland and the fact that it is a “river port” more than a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government Abuse, Jobs, Land Use Laws, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions | 9 Comments

The Real Agenda: Dems are anti-small business

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) At the beginning of this Session the majority party laid out their agenda, and we have now reached the point where they are finishing their objectives. In February they passed the low carbon fuel standards … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Economy, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

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