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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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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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