OBA Announces Early Endorsements

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Election 2014: OBA Endorses Legislative Champions


Oregon Business Association’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced its early support of members of the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate running in the November 2014 general election. John Russell, President of Russell Development Co. is OBA PAC Chair.

“This is our chance every two years to recognize a group of leaders in the state who make tough decisions to enhance Oregon’s economic competitiveness and quality of life,” Russell ...

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OBA Endorses Governor Kitzhaber

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In an unprecedented early endorsement, the Oregon Business Association Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced today that it has formally endorsed Governor John Kitzhaber for re-election.

The governor recently announced that he will run for a historic fourth term in office.

 “It’s no surprise that the national media has paid so much attention to Oregon because Governor Kitzhaber has shown the country how to govern by bringing people together,” said John Russell, founder of ...

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THANK YOU! House Passes Bridge Funding

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The Oregon House approved a bill today in a  45-11 (4 excused) vote authorizing the state to issue $450 million in bonds to fund the state’s portion of a $3.4 billion project that would replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. The Senate is expected to vote March 4.

We applaud our legislators for approving this legislation and encourage the Senate to do ...

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OBA Board Takes Action On Major Issues

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Board Supports Clean Fuels Program and Oregon Opportunity Initiative
At the quarterly Board of Directors meeting January 30, members heard from key legislators on the big issues facing Oregon, ranging from revenue reform to education and healthcare redesign. Sen. Ginny Burdick reported on revenue and finance; Rep. Andy Olson discussed corrections reform; Rep. Mark Johnson reported on PERS; Rep. Tobias Read commented on the I-5 Bridge Replacement; and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward provided an overview of the 2013 ...

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2013 Legislative Session: Oregon’s Comeback

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View the full 2013 Legislative Agenda HERE

In 2011, OBA and its members developed and advocated for an ambitious 2011 Legislative Agenda that moved the conversation forward on critical issues facing Oregon. OBA worked hard during the 2012 session to further its agenda and pass critical Education and Health Care Reforms.

We are keeping the momentum rolling with an aggressive set of policy goals for 2013 that range from Corrections Reform to the Columbia River Crossing. We will ...

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OBA Presents Statesman Awards, Honors Oregon Health Care Reform Leaders

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Celebrating leaders who put policy before party for the greater good was the theme of the night as the Oregon Business Association honored a team of 11 “Health Care Heroes” with its prestigious Statesman of the Year Award.

Each year, OBA presents its Statesman award to leaders and visionaries exemplify the definition of Statesman as one who promotes the common good of the citizens of Oregon with ...

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Breaking News: Sen. Morse Announces Retirement

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A Statesman Hangs up His Boots

Today, in an unexpected move, Oregon Sen. Frank Morse announced that he is retiring from the Senate effective September 17.

Morse was a 2007 recipient of OBA’s highest honor, the Statesman of the Year Award. He represents the Corvallis-Albany region and has served the citizens of Oregon as a remarkably thoughtful state Senator.

“Frank has been everything you could want in a public servant ...

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OBA Board takes NO position on Ballot Measure 79, constitutional preemption of Real Estate Excise Tax; Issues Statements on 84 and 85

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We met with campaign officials from both sides of several issues of statewide importance as part of the retreat. During the session, the Board evaluated Ballot Measures 79, 84 and 85.

The board voted to oppose Ballot Measure 79, which would change the state constitution to prevent future legislation to allow a Real Estate Transfer Tax that is already prohibited by state statute.

The board also issued statements on measures 84 and 85, urging leaders to focus on true, statewide tax reform. ...

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