Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fixing the TPR

By |February 24th, 2011|

As Oregon Business Plan leaders travelled the state this year to learn about impediments to job and income growth, three letters became quite familiar:  TPR.  The Transportation Planning Rule, which requires local governments to mitigate for the impacts on the state highways system of a land use change, is a major impediment to industrial and […]

Business Leaders Testify on Rainy Day Fund

By |February 24th, 2011|

Senator Ginny Burdick and Senator Frank Morse have introduced a proposal to dramatically increase the size of Oregon’s rainy day fund by requiring a contribution from the General Fund and from tax kickers during boom times.

Business leaders weighed in on the proposals in a hearing before the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee on Monday, February […]

Portland Business Alliance Releases Jobs Action Plan

By |February 17th, 2011|

I discussed the January 21 Portland Business Alliance Jobs Summit in an earlier post.  Today, the PBA released an action plan of specific goals and initiatives coming out of the Summit.  The Action Plan can be found at


• Positive private-sector job growth regionally by adding 12,500 net new private sector jobs per year
• An increase in […]

Oregon Senate Passes Federal Reconnect Legislation

By |February 17th, 2011|

The Oregon Senate today passed legislation to reconnect Oregon to the federal tax code.  This legislation is critical because it provides certainty and predictability to Oregonians and Oregon businesses, and it allows citizens and companies to take full advantage of federal tax incentives aimed at sparking job and income growth.  The legislation now moves to […]

A Tax Deal on The Horizon? From AOI Leading Issues

By |February 17th, 2011|

A Tax Deal on the Horizon?

A new tax deal being discussed might give Oregon businesses hope for a stable reserve fund, state spending limits, and a cut in the capital gains tax rate. Senators Frank Morse (R-Albany) and Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) have introduced SJR 26, which mandates that the Legislature fund a Rainy Day Fund […]

Linear Permitting-Can You Dig It? From AOI Leading Issues

By |February 17th, 2011|

From the AOI Leading Issues:

Linear Permitting – Can You Dig it?

In a sign of the new political environment in Salem, the House Business Committee passed a new linear pipeline project bill out of committee on a stunning 8-0 vote. The legislation – HB 2700 – has been historically contentious, being blocked in each of the […]

Governor Takes Action, Makes Progress on Key Business Plan Issues

By |February 16th, 2011|

At a meeting with members of the Oregon manufacturing industry Governor Kitzhaber introduced SB 766, which creates new legislation to designate regionally significant industrial areas. Click here to read the draft bill. The Governor also discussed his progress report on several Job Creation Action Items. The Governor’s industrial lands bill and these Action Items also fulfill many of […]

Senate Continues to Advance Meaningful Education Reforms

By |February 16th, 2011|

On February 15, the Oregon Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee unanimoulsy passed a reform (SB 254) that allows high school students to get a jump start on college credits and expenses by requiring school districts to provide or ensure access to accelerated college credit.  The bill now moves to the Ways and Means Committee […]

Senate Adopts Strong Education Goals

By |February 11th, 2011|

From the Senate Majority Office:

February 10, 2011

Higher Education goals earn Senate approval

SB 253 sets achievement benchmarks for Oregon by 2025

SALEM – Legislation that puts in statute Oregon’s goal to raise education levels of adults to meet a “40-40-20” standard by the year 2025 passed with broad bipartisan support this morning in the Senate. Senate Bill […]

Education Investment Board Critical For Meeting Oregon’s Education and Workforce Goals

By |February 11th, 2011|

Oregon students were winners on Friday when Governor Kitzhaber announced plans for a new education investment board that would end Oregon’s fragmented approach to education budgeting and delivery.  Read more in The Oregonian.