Monthly Archives: March 2011

Transforming Oregon’s Education Enterprise

By |March 26th, 2011|

On March 17 and 21 the Education Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee discussed the Governor’s proposals for moving Oregon to an education system that cares more about outcomes that seat time and that abandons Oregon’s siloed approach of setting budgets for PreK, K-12, higher education and community colleges for a 0-20 education budget system.   It’s a […]

Enterprise Zone Extension Passes House Unanimously

By |March 24th, 2011|

Extending the sunset on Oregon’s Enterprise Zone Program was a key priority for economic developers and local governments across Oregon.  The program allows local governments to provide property tax exemptions for qualifying companies and is seen as a key part of the local economic development toolbox.

The vote was 57-0, with 3 members excused.

Representatives Conger and […]

Senate Considers Capital Gains Reduction

By |March 24th, 2011|

The Oregon Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue held a hearing on March 23, 2011 on several bills related to capital gains reductions. There are many proposals floating around, from a straight cut in the capital gains tax rate to cuts for individuals who reinvest the gain in Oregon companies, to cuts for qualified Oregon […]

AOI Leading Issues: High Ed Bill Moves to Ways & Means

By |March 17th, 2011|

After a year of work by legislative task forces and interested stakeholders, SB 242 cleared its first policy committee last week, and is now in Ways and Means. SB 242 is a combination of the State Board of Higher Education’s bill and the work of the Legislative Task Force on Higher Ed. The bill imposes […]

Legislature Takes Up Industrial Land Availability Today

By |March 9th, 2011|

Today, the Senate Committee on Business, Transportation and Economic Development will hear four bills related to making industrial land quickly available for traded sector companies and the high wage jobs they provide.  The bills are SB 766, SB 792, SB 771 and SB 476.

In February, Governor Kitzhaber announced SB 766 at a meeting with manufacturers.  […]

Oregon House Committee Advances Connect Oregon IV Legislation

By |March 9th, 2011|

The Oregon House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development moved HB 2166 (Connect Oregon IV) out of committee today.  The bill would provide $40 million in lottery bonds to fund multi-modal transportation projects across Oregon.

The previous Connect Oregon programs have delivered significant benefit to the state’s multi-modal transportation system.  Additional investments are both necessary and […]

Opportunity to Comment on Columbia River Crossing Thursday

By |March 8th, 2011|

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Washington State Department of Transportation will hold a listening session on their draft bridge type recommendation, a deck truss bridge, before making a final recommendation to the Oregon and Washington governors in mid-March.

The recommendation follows a Bridge Review Panel’s offering of three bridge types for further review.  Click here […]

Oregon Reconnects to Key Federal Tax Provisions

By |March 8th, 2011|

This was a bit of a complicated saga, but the Oregonian did a good job describing it.  Here is there article:

The Oregonian.  Michelle Cole.  Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Businesses scored a victory in the Oregon House Monday after an overwhelming majority voted to allow companies to take accelerated tax breaks on new equipment.

The 41-19 vote and […]

Kitzhaber Makes Compelling Case for Redesigning Public Services

By |March 7th, 2011|

During a speech to the Portland City Club, Governor John Kitzhaber made perhaps his best case yet about why Oregon must fundamentally redesign the way it budgets for and delivers key public services.

Kithzaber discussed his plans to consolidate the state’s early childhood education programs under one “early learning council,” arguing that the current system is […]

Oregon House Votes in Favor of Simplifying Permitting for Critical Infrastructure Projects

By |March 2nd, 2011|

The Oregon House today passed HB 2700.  This bill expands the definition of “applicant” for removal-fill permits relating to linear facilities like energy transmission, transportation and other critical infrastructure projects.  Simplifying the process for permitting linear facilities was a theme heard in Oregon Business Plan meetings with regional business, economic development and elected leaders across […]