Monthly Archives: April 2015

Oregon Supreme Court Guts PERS Reforms

By |April 30th, 2015|

We’re disappointed to report that the Oregon Supreme Court today ruled against many of the PERS reforms established by the legislature during a special session in October 2013. The Court’s ruling will have a devastating impact on schools, municipalities, fire districts, and state agencies that participate in PERS.

Business Plan Delegation Set to Press Federal Agenda on D.C. Trip

By |April 29th, 2015|

More than 40 business leaders are traveling to Washington, D.C. today to make the rounds with the Oregon Congressional Delegation and other federal officials in support of the Oregon Business Plan federal agenda.

Bruce Daucsavage: ‘The change is about more than just the mills’

By |April 28th, 2015|

From Investigate West, April 27, 2015: In August 2012, Ochoco Lumber Co. announced plans to close its mill in John Day, Oregon, due in part to a shortage of timber supply from neighboring public lands. The announcement meant that rural Grant County would be losing its last surviving sawmill — and with it about 70 […]

Mid-Session Update: Business Plan Agenda Making Headway; Investment Priorities, Transportation Still Uncertain

By |April 27th, 2015|

A summary of progress on the Oregon Business Plan initiatives. Almost three months into the 2015 legislative session, and just past the halfway point, there is much to be optimistic about, as well as cause for concern. The agendas to connect education to careers and to put our natural resources to work for rural Oregon […]

The Revitalization of Career and Technical Education

By |April 26th, 2015|

Laura Frazier at The Oregonian has just published a great series of stories about the revitalization of career and technical education, a top priority for the Oregon Business Plan. Read More

Make Your Voice Be Heard at Ways and Means Roadshow Meetings

By |April 9th, 2015|

The Legislative Ways and Means Committee (which creates Oregon’s 2-year budget) will be traveling to communities across the state over the next two weeks to collect input from Oregonians. If you can, please attend these meetings to advocate for the investments that are important to your community. Meeting dates and locations are: