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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Cover Story: OBA Member Oregon Fruit Products

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Congrats to Oregon Fruit Products and CEO Chris Sarles on a great cover story in the Portland Business Journal.

“How Oregon Fruit Brings Boregon Tradeerries to the Masses”

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2015/11/27/cover-story-how-oregon-fruit-thinks-outside-the.html#g2

The company was also featured in our 2015 Statesman Dinner presentation as we honored several members of Oregon’s congressional delegation for their support of global trade.

See the short video here: https://youtu.be/OIgnSuA234A

 

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OBA Board Approves 2016 Session Priorities

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In the spirit of the upcoming 35-day legislative session, OBA’s Board of Directors has approved an agenda that fits the time constraints and state budget focus of interim sessions without letting go of our important priorities.

See the session calendar HERE

1. Instructional Hours (Pillar III): OBA works with education partners to ensure all of Oregon’s students have access to Oregon’s minimum standard ...
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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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OBA Thanks Congressional Leaders for Stance on Trade; TPP Trade Accord Full Text Released

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Here in Oregon, nearly 500,000 jobs rely on trade directly or indirectly. As you may know, OBA honored four members of the Oregon congressional delegation this year with the Lynn Lundquist Leadership Award for their bipartisan efforts around trade and their dedication to ensuring that our trade-dependent state is part of the discussion.

“Over 6,000 Oregon businesses sell goods overseas and nearly 90% of these are small and medium sized businesses,” said OBA ...

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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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OBA Announces 2015 Statesman of the Year Award Honoree: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

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Oregon Business Association has named U.S. Senator Ron Wyden as its 2015 OBA Statesman of the Year honoree.

“As a big picture problem solver unlike any other in America, Senator Wyden is more than deserving of this honor,” said OBA President Ryan Deckert.

Senator Wyden will be honored at OBA’s 15th Annual Statesman Dinner on Monday, Oct. 12 at the Oregon Convention Center.

For more than 30 years, Sen. Wyden Ron Wyden has ...

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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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