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Oregon’s Gross Receipts Tax – Update

December 3, 2019

By Greg Henderson, Founder & Co-Publisher Southern Oregon Business Journal www.southernoregonbusiness.com The Oregon Department of Revenue has determined that the best method of informing tax-payers of the progress being made toward full implementation of the “Corporate Activities Tax” (CAT) is to establish a three-step process, or “tracks”, to establish Temporary Rules of implementation. The Temporary…

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Senator Arnie Roblan Will Not Seek Re-Election to Oregon Senate

November 19, 2019

Veteran Senator and Educator Reflects on Distinguished Public Service Career SALEM – Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), a veteran educator and legislator, announced today that he will not seek reelection to his Senate seat representing many of Oregon’s coastal communities. “Serving the people of Senate District 5 has been an honor and a privilege I…

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Governor Brown to Promote Oregon Products, Tourism, and Foreign Investment During Trade Mission to Asia

November 6, 2019

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced details on her upcoming trade mission to Asia to promote foreign investment in Oregon, Oregon goods, and tourism. The Governor will lead the mission in South Korea and Japan from November 5 – 16. “A thriving economy here in Oregon is influenced by markets across the world,” said Governor…

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A Meeting with Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis

November 1, 2019

By Greg Henderson On January 3, 2019 in her State of the City address, Eugene’s mayor Lucy Vinis listed her “drawdown” list of four major priorities; “Homelessness and Housing, Climate Resiliency, Public Engagement, and Inclusiveness.” Her mind has not changed. In a forty-five minute meeting on October 22, Mayor Vinis shared thoughts and ideas on…

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Ruth Miles accepts Secretary of State, Bev Clarno’s offer to be the new Corporation Division Director

October 1, 2019

Director, Corporation Division, and Tribal Liaison By Greg Henderson As Interim Director, Ruth oversees registration of businesses and nonprofits for the Secretary of State, along with a diverse portfolio including notary commissioning and the state’s UCC system. She also serves as the agency’s tribal liaison. Ruth previously served as the Secretary’s inaugural Small Business Ombudsman,…

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“Corporate Activity Tax” update

October 1, 2019

By Greg Henderson The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) is seeking input about the administrative rules for the state’s new “Corporate Activity Tax” from business taxpayers and tax preparers. Traveling across Oregon, rule writers are sitting down to hear the concerns, questions and suggestions of those affected by the rules. “We’re touring the state to…

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Oregon’s New Gross Receipts Tax What It Means to Oregon Businesses

August 31, 2019

By Greg Henderson August 27, 2019 On May 16, 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427 into law. The legislation accomplishes the following: Establishes a “Fund for Student Success” that is separate and distinct from the state’s general fund. Adopts a new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) imposed on all types of business entities. Every…

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Coastal Economic Summit highlights climate challenges, opportunities for communities

August 23, 2019

Legislative and community leaders dive deep at Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit August 22, 2019 FLORENCE, Ore. – While many topics – from earthquake preparedness to rural broadband expansion – were discussed, it became clear throughout the Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit that many challenges our coastal communities face trace a line back to our…

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5 Ways To Make the Missing Middle Less Missing

August 2, 2019

A July 2019 report from Bloomberg explores the decline in Missing Middle housing in the United States—and it turns out it’s more missing than ever. This graphic from Bloomberg using Census data shows the decline in the share of missing-middle (blue) housing among all multifamily housing construction, even as very large apartment buildings (light gray)…

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Data Beginning to Clear the Way for a Rate Cut

July 1, 2019

Central Takeaway If You Don’t Have Any Time This Morning: The Fed hastily delivered a soothing message last week by promising to act appropriately to maintain the expansion. It was hard not to read that as dovish. That combined with the employment data puts a rate cut in play this summer. Things That You Should…

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Support your county fair. It’s good business.

July 1, 2019

Be sure to visit county fairs this summer. Did you know that the county fair is a key economic driver is Oregon? Below is a list of all county fairs in Oregon from oregonfairs.org

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Affordable Housing and Services for Farmworker Families in Oregon

June 1, 2019

The city of Forest Grove in Washington County, Oregon is located just inside the Portland metropolitan area’s urban growth boundary, and is nearly surrounded by land zoned for agriculture and forest use. In the most recent step toward meeting the need for affordable farmworker housing in Forest Grove, a nonprofit affordable housing developer completed the…

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