Roots vs Stems

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OBA Comments on Oregon Governor Brown’s December 1, 2016 Budget Announcement

Governor Kate Brown released her 2017-19 state budget this morning fulfilling her bi-annual statutory responsibility to have a proposed budget out on Dec. 1 of the even-numbered year.

This exercise is a herculean endeavor for her team and state budget officials, and serves as a blueprint for the Oregon Legislature which convenes in January for the 2017 legislative session.

After a ...

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Join Us! NW Environmental Conf. & Trade Show is Dec. 6-7!

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nw-environmental-confNorthwest Environmental Conference & Trade Show
Dec. 6–7, 2016 | Portland | Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach

If you aren’t already an NEBC member, here’s a $50 discount on us! Use Discount Code “SPEX2016” when registering. 

Now in its 28th year, the Northwest Environmental Conference & Trade Show (NWEC) is the year’s best event for the latest in ...

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Googlefest Free Training August 2! Registration closes July 29

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Googlefest is a free training for small businesses, nonprofits, and educators*. Google experts will teach attendees how to use the full range of Google tools including Google Apps, AdWords, Analytics, YouTube, and more.

Registration is required and closes July 29. Limited space is available.

*It may be possible for educators to receive continuing education credit/professional development units.


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Recapturing the Oregon Advantage

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OBA leaders and policy committee members are gearing up to build a 2016-2017 agenda that recaptures the Oregon advantage.


This is first in a three-part series on OBA’s policy agenda.

Today (in Part I) we take stock of our past priorities before moving on to the future.

Today: How Oregonians Earn — Recapturing the Oregon Advantage
Wednesday, May 10 — Part II: How Oregonians Learn — Prioritizing Student Achievement
Friday, May 13, Part III: How ...

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A Night to Celebrate Legislative Champions

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OBA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) hosted our bi-annual event at Airbnb April 20 to celebrate a group of elected leaders who make the grade of champion. This unique gathering brings together Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, rural and urban all with one purpose: to honor the Oregon tradition of tackling tough public policy issues with independence and integrity.

Too often, political events feature either Republicans or Democrats, but not both. Oregon prides itself as being a little less political, a ...

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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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