Government

The second stimulus bill and impact on housing

January 5, 2021

By Brad Cartier  stessa.com Diana Olick of CNBC opened up the week with some interesting real estate data to put 2020 to a close. Although mortgage applications fell 5% last week, they are still 26% higher than they were at the same time last year. Refinance volume jumped 4% as well last week and is…

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Governor Kate Brown Releases Recommended Budget and Policy Agenda

January 5, 2021

Budget focuses on addressing key challenges facing Oregonians to build a stronger, fairer, and more resilient state By State of Oregon Newsroom on December 1, 2020 Governor Kate Brown released her recommended budget and policy agenda for the 2021-23 biennium, which focuses on the key challenges facing Oregonians: the public health and economic impacts of…

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Oregon Business & Industry Statement on Gov. Kate Brown’s Proposed 2021-23 Budget

January 5, 2021

By Nathaniel Brown, communications director nathanielbrown@oregonbusinessindustry.com Over the last 10 months, families, businesses, and nonprofits across our state have had to tighten their belts and prioritize spending as the economic fallout from the COVID pandemic and wildfires devastated household incomes and robbed businesses and nonprofits of critical operating revenues. We expect our state leaders to do…

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Innovation Projects Throughout Oregon will Advance with New Grant Awards

December 23, 2020

December 21, 2020 Diverse innovation projects across the state are moving forward with new grant funding from Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC). Oregon InC approved 21 projects through two separate innovation programs, the High Impact Opportunity Projects grant program and Small Business Innovation Research matching grants. Business Oregon’s matching grants fill…

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Thank you Congressman Greg Walden for your service to our state and for being so nice.

November 6, 2020

I sat down, virtually via Zoom, with Congressman Greg Walden, a year to the day after he declared that he would not seek re-election to thank him for his service and ask him a few questions about what it has been like for him during the last year in office. Greg serves as the only…

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Senate President Peter Courtney’s Comments on Emergency Board

April 23, 2020

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued the following statement after today’s historic virtual meeting of the Emergency Board: “It is days like these that remind me what an honor it is to be part of the Legislature. Today the Emergency Board took actions that will help Oregonians get through this pandemic.…

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Rural Entrepreneurship Bolstered with Assistance from Business Oregon for Ten Projects

March 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 2, 2020 Today Business Oregon announced investments in ten rural community projects throughout Oregon under the Rural Opportunities Initiative. The Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) is an initiative that works with communities to cultivate local environments that support entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through financial support, innovative partnerships, network expansion, and access to business…

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Complying with the Real ID Act

February 16, 2020

The Real ID Act, passed in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”  The Act, effective on October 1, 2020, establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production. It also prohibits federal agencies from accepting forms of identification…

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Oregon Counts 2020 Website Unveiled, Public Awareness Campaign Underway

February 2, 2020

Contributed by: Megan Chuinard | Public Affairs Associate With a sixth congressional seat and resources estimated to be upwards of $900 million dollars on the line, the State, Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), cities, and advocacy organizations are all involved in the Oregon Complete Counts Committee and are actively spreading the message to get Oregon…

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The Corporate Activity Tax (CAT)

February 2, 2020

(Often referred to as the Gross Receipts Tax) From From Oregon Department of Revenue: What is this new tax? A: The new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) is imposed on businesses for the privilege of doing business in this state. The CAT is not a transactional tax, such as a retail sales tax, or an income…

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Employment Report Keeps Fed On Track

February 2, 2020

By Tim Duy DUY@UOREGON.EDU If you were looking for something exciting out of this labor report, you were disappointed. Mostly it is is a continuation of recent trends that will encourage the Fed to retain their basic optimism while providing them no reason to change course. Probably most important for policy was the weak nominal…

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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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