Monthly Archives: April 2011

Governors move Columbia River Crossing project forward

By |April 25th, 2011|

Governors John Kitzhaber and Christine Gregoire said that the Columbia River Crossing is vital to the success of both Oregon and Washington.  We agree.

At a press conference April 25 on Hayden Island, the two Governors announced that the chosen design for a new bridge is the composite deck truss. Gregoire said the composite deck truss is the […]

Oregon Senate passes health insurance exchange bill

By |April 25th, 2011|

On April 25 the Oregon Senate passed SB 99-A establishing a health insurance exchange with a 24-5 vote.

An exchange is essentially a new marketplace where individuals or small employers can shop for health insurance using simple, standardized cost and benefit comparisons between plans so that consumers can easily compare health insurance plans.   A large coalition […]

Recent studies show the good, the bad and the ugly of Oregon’s tax system

By |April 25th, 2011|

An Op-Ed from Oregon Business Plan Project Manager Jeremy Rogers printed in the April 25, 2011 Oregonian. 

Two studies out last week paint far different pictures of Oregon’s tax system. The Council on State Taxation (COST) study ranks Oregon favorably for taxes on new capital investment, but the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council says Oregon’s high income and […]

Senate Committee Advances Key Industrial Lands Legislation

By |April 20th, 2011|

It’s a watershed moment in Oregon when 1000 Friends of Oregon, Labor Unions and Business groups all support a piece of legislation. This is the case with SB 766, which speeds up the permitting process for industrial projects that will have a major impact on jobs and incomes in a community, and it protects large […]

Oregon Legislature’s swift action commendable

By |April 14th, 2011|

From the Statesman Journal Editorial Board

The Oregon Legislature did its job. Despite the uncertain economy, lawmakers acted with unusual speed — at least by legislative standards — to approve a state school budget for the next two years.

The Senate had passed the two budget bills Tuesday on 30-0 votes, and the House acted Wednesday. The […]

Will this state ever save?

By |April 11th, 2011|

The Oregon Business Plan calls for a strong state reserve fund.  Policymakers have the opportunity to make that happen this year with a series of bills proposed by Senators Frank Morse (R) Albany and Ginny Burdick (D) Portland.  The Oregonian Editorial Board made the case this weekend:
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/04/will_this_state_ever_save.html

Portland Business Journal: Overhaul state’s education system

By |April 8th, 2011|

The Portland Business Journal Editorial Board weight in on Governor Kitzhaber’s education reform proposals.  Their advice:  Make it happen.

Portland Business Journal Editorial
04.08.11

Overhaul state’s education system

Gov. John Kitzhaber is right. Oregon’s education system is a mess.

His plan to create one office to manage the state’s entire education system is a big step toward changing that.

Kitzhaber wants […]

Blumenauer is Right on Regulatory Reform

By |April 8th, 2011|

In the April 8, 2011 edition of the Portland Business Journal, Congressman Earl Blumenauer recognized the inneficiency of our current regulatory environment and opportunities for the public and private sector to work together to improve it.  We agree with Congressman Blumenauer’s approach.

From the 04.08.11 Portland Business Journal
“Performance-Based Regulatory Systems Cut Costs”
Congressman Earl Blumenauer

As businesses and […]

Education Investment Board Will Help Improve Student Outcomes

By |April 4th, 2011|

On Tuesday, April 5, Governor Kitzhaber introduces SB 909, his proposal to create the Oregon Education Investment Board, at a presentation before the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee. This is a very important step to strengthen the quality of education in Oregon at all levels.

The Oregon Education Investment Board will be appointed by the […]

Industrial Lands Bills Support High Wage Jobs

By |April 4th, 2011|

The 2011 Oregon Business Plan presents ten ideas to help create 25, 000 new jobs per year and lift Oregon’s per capita personal income levels above the national average by 2020.  Two of these initiatives are streamlining permitting processes and improving the availability of prime industrial lands.  SB 766 and SB 792 both help advance […]