Oregon Business Community Statement on Gov. Kate Brown’s Minimum Wage Proposal

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The business representatives of the Governor’s work group on minimum wage believe the Governor’s proposal is a missed opportunity to move forward with a plan that works for all of Oregon. However, we remain hopeful a minimum wage that will work for both rural and urban Oregon can be salvaged in the Legislature.

For two months, at the governor’s request, employers came to the table in a sincere effort to negotiate a reasonable minimum wage increase that would be passed by ...

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OBA Applauds Bipartisan Effort on Energy Deal Announced Today

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OBA applauds today’s major announcement by Oregon environmental advocates and two of our biggest electric utilities, PGE and Pacific Power, that they have agreed to a deal to transition Oregon off coal power and double renewable energy use.

If this package passes in the 2016 session of the Oregon Legislature, it will eliminate the ballot measure proposed by the Renew Oregon coalition to address state greenhouse gas reduction.

This type of collaboration and hard work by partners on major issues impacting the ...

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OBA Working to Defeat IP28 Tax Hike Proposal

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At our annual September retreat, OBA’s Board of Directors voted to oppose corporate and individual tax increases proposed by Initiative Petition 28. IP28 is a deeply flawed $5 billion tax hike proposed by Oregon’s public employee unions that would be the largest in state history and would impose a huge new gross receipts tax on hundreds of companies – large and small – doing business in Oregon. The board reaffirmed this position at its November meeting and OBA is ...

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Pat Smith Elected 2015-16 OBA Board Chair

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OBA directors elected Pat Smith, President and CEO of Unitus Community Credit Union as Board Chair at the annual retreat Sept. 17-18. We thank immediate past chair Mark Long, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Managing Partner, for his year of service and leadership.

Welcome Pat and thank you for sharing your time and talent with OBA!

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About Pat Smith

Pat earned an Executive M.B.A. from the University of ...

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Oregonian OpEd by Education Policy Chair Kathy Swift

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Anti-test parents are opting children out of opportunity

By Kathy Swift

Almost every state in the country, including Oregon, has adopted higher standards for what students need to know and be able to do as they move through school. With tougher educational standards came tougher tests to measure students’ progress. These end-of-year tests in English and math – called Smarter Balanced – have been a source of contention and confusion amongst Oregon parents and community members since the testing window opened this ...

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Welcome New Board Members!

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OBA’s Board of Directors elected three new members at its quarterly meeting May 13. We thank them for joining our hardworking board and their commitment to helping us with our mission to shape Oregon’s economy.

 

  • Jack Isselman, Greenbrier Companies, VP, External Affairs & Communications

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Oregon PERS Court Case Decision Issued: Huge blow to schools, colleges & universities

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We’re disappointed to report this morning that the Oregon Supreme Court has issued a negative decision in a court case seeking to reverse PERS reforms established by the legislature during a special session in October 2013.

The Court’s ruling will reverse MUCH of the reforms, which will have a devastating impact on schools, municipalities, fire districts, and state agencies that participate in PERS.

The decision this morning is a major blow to our schools, colleges and universities. Oregon was back on track ...

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OBA Board Meets with Governor Kate Brown

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This week, OBA welcomed Governor Kate Brown to her first formal meeting with Oregon business leaders since taking office. Held on the NIKE campus, the session provided the opportunity to present our 2015 legislative agenda to Governor Brown and share with her the business view of Oregon’s complex economic landscape and OBA’s policy priorities to bring balanced policy solutions to some of our state’s most persistent issues like lagging rural economies ...

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