Monthly Archives: June 2011

SB 909, Other Education Bills Clear House

By |June 22nd, 2011|

On June 21 the Oregon House of Representatives voted 54-5 to establish the Oregon Education Investment Board, SB 909.  The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Currently, Oregon’s disconnected system of education funding and policy-making treats early learning, K-12, and post-secondary education as separate silos rather than a continuous pathway that […]

Passing education bills is critical for Oregon’s economy

By |June 16th, 2011|

As this chart indicates, no factor impacts employment and income more than educational attainment. When it comes to meeting the goals set out in the Oregon Business Plan-creating 25, 000 new jobs per year through 2020 and bringing Oregon’s per capita income above the national average, doing everything we can to improve student learning is […]

Gaining Access: Bill Unjambs Highway Access Permitting

By |June 16th, 2011|

From Associated Oregon Industries Leading Issues June 16, 2010

One of the better successful bills this session is the unheralded SB 264A – highway access permitting streamlining.

SB 264A addresses a big problem – the frustration encountered by businesses, such as a grocery store or bank, when they want to build or expand and need a highway […]

Legislators Recommend Smart Investments in Economic Development

By |June 3rd, 2011|

Yesterday the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development passed SB 5528, the biennial budget for “Business Oregon,” the Oregon Business Development Department. The Budget now heads to the full Ways and Means Committee for consideration.
The budget includes some key provisions endorsed by the Oregon Business Plan as major opportunities to lower […]

Federal Forest Health, Rural Jobs Fall Victim to State Budget Shortfall

By |June 3rd, 2011|

A little discussed provision in the Department of Forestry’s budget would have allotted $700, 000 to implement key recommendations of the Federal Forest Advisory Committee, a group of private and public stakeholders who met for over a year to figure out how to make our federal forests healthier for people, wildlife and jobs. The provision […]

Still Awaiting Action on Key Education Reform Bill

By |June 3rd, 2011|

Oregon’s disconnected system of education funding and policy-making treats early learning, K-12, and post-secondary education as separate silos rather than a continuous pathway that leads all Oregon students to a successful future. The result is a competition for resources, and a lack of coordinated policy making. Decisions are often made based on who controls the […]

Linear Permitting, Enterprize Zone Bills Head to Governor

By |June 3rd, 2011|

Two bills that will help promote job creation in Oregon went to the Governor’s desk for signature this week.

HB 2700, Linear Permitting: HB 2700 fixes a procedural nightmare for obtaining permits for linear facilities like transportation corridors and transmission lines. Improving unnecessarily slow and cumbersome permitting processes is a key way to accelerate job creation […]

Higher Ed Reform Bill Heads to Full Ways and Means Committee

By |June 3rd, 2011|

Yesterday the Education Subcommittee of Ways and Means sent SB 242 to the full Ways and Means Committee with a do-pass recommendation. SB 242, a huge priority for the business community, establishes a Higher Education Coordinating Council, giving OUS significantly more autonomy from the state legislature. Currently, the legislature votes on over two thousand line […]

Industrial Lands Bill Heads to Floor

By |June 3rd, 2011|

SB 766 will accomplish two important goals on lands that are already planned and zoned for industrial use. First, the bill will speed up permitting processes for significant industrial projects (project developers will pay for the expedited process). Second, the bill will protect prime industrial lands from conversion to other uses and unnecessary overlays and […]

House Committee Passes Health Care Exchange Bill

By |June 2nd, 2011|

SB 99-A is on its way to the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives. SB 99-A would authorize the development of an Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, pending approval of a business plan in February when the legislature reconvenes.

The Oregon Business Plan has long advocated for a health insurance exchange. The January 2007 Oregon Business […]