Oregon Jobs Agenda

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With Oregon facing double digit unemployment, the Oregon Business Association has been working with its business partners – PBA, OBC, and AOI – on a pro-active jobs agenda for the 2011 legislature.  The list below outlines priority bills that will grow private-sector jobs in Oregon:

Strengthen Oregon’s Innovation Economy

  • The $18.95 million Oregon Innovation Plan investment to leverage private dollars commercializing research and enhancing industry innovation (OBDD budget)

Train Oregonians for High Demand Jobs

  • $33.1 million Engineering & Technology Industry Council investment in engineering education (OUS budget)
  • $3.5 million investment in on-the-job-training and linking that investment to Oregon’s Career Readiness Certificate (included in the Governor’s budget)
  • HB 3362: Enhances Career and Technical Education

Provide Tools for Communities to Attract and Retain Jobs

  • SB 219: Allocates lottery monies to Business Oregon for Jobs Retention and Expansion Program
  • HB 3017: Extends sunset for Enterprise Zone program until 2025

Improve Permitting Processes and Make Industrial Lands Available

  • SB 264: Expedites approval of driveways providing access from businesses to state highways; also provides objective standards to govern the approval process
  • SB 766: Speeds up permitting for industrial projects and protects industrial areas from conversion and unnecessary restrictions or overlays
  • SB 792: Creates a pilot project for Central Oregon to better connect economic development and land use planning across jurisdictions
  • HB 2700: Expedites permitting for linear infrastructure and pipeline projects
  • HB 3591-A: Provides clear direction to the DEQ to seek to minimize negative economic impacts of conditions in the variances on new water quality standards, while still meeting the most demanding EPA requirements in the nation

Create Jobs in the Woods by Increasing Active Forest Management and Use of Biomass Energy

  • HB 2001: Ensures state forest lands produce jobs and revenue for counties, schools, and local taxing districts
  • SB 620: Extends existing Biomass Collectors Tax Credit until 2019
  • HB 2936: Creates biomass transportation tax credit

Advance Infrastructure Projects that Create Jobs and Strengthen our Economic Foundation

  • HB 2166: ConnectOregon IV multi-modal transportation investment

Advance Energy Projects to Create Jobs Today, Make Oregon More Efficient Tomorrow

  • HB 2960: Energy efficiency in schools (if properly implemented)

Make Targeted Tax Changes to Spur Investment, High Wage Jobs

  • SB 301: Allows for accelerated depreciation of certain business investments: PASSED
  • HB 3174: Extends R&D tax credit until 2018
  • A package to reduce capital gains taxes while growing Oregon’s rainy day fund through kicker reform and disciplined savings

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