News and Updates

Oregon Legislature Delivers Big Results This Week

By |October 3rd, 2013|

Oregon Legislature Delivers Big Results This Week
Historic Bi-partisan Agreement Reduces PERS Liabilities by Billions & Delivers Significant Small Business Tax Relief.  Excerpt from October 3, 2013 edition of AOI Leading Issues.

To view the full legislative voting matrix and see how your legislator voted, click here. 

Against the backdrop of dysfunctional national politics, the Oregon Legislature came together on a […]

Business Groups Support PERS/Revenue Package

By |September 20th, 2013|

The Oregon Business Plan congratulates our elected leaders for the remarkable agreement reached this week to strengthen schools and promote business. This afternoon, four business associations – Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon Business Association, Oregon Business Council and the Portland Business Alliance — jointly issued the follow statement:

As representatives of a broad base of Oregon businesses, […]

Are You in for Schools?

By |September 12th, 2013|

We have some good news.

Oregon’s legislative leaders from both parties have been talking with the Governor this week about the prospects of reaching a deal to reduce Oregon’s unfunded PERS liability by billions of dollars so that schools can reduce class sizes, lengthen school years and add back music, art, PE and other course offerings.

It’s […]

Save the Date: Dec. 9, 2013. 11th Annual Leadership Summit.

By |September 4th, 2013|

Join more than 1,000 business, elected, education and nonprofit leaders from across Oregon on December 9, 2013 to make plans to create jobs, raise incomes, and reduce poverty in Oregon.

Last year, the Leadership Summit defined Oregon’s public policy debate by focusing leaders on three priorities: Fixing PERS, investing wisely in education, and building the I-5 […]

Surveying the road to the state’s ’40-40-20′ goal

By |August 13th, 2013|

Greg Marton is an instructor in the social science department at Rogue Community College, where he has taught for the past 15 years.  On August 13, 2013 the Medford Mail Tribune posted this Op-Ed by Marton.

In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed a law that includes the “40-40-20” goal. This goal states that, by the year […]

End of Session Update on Top Business Plan Priorities

By |July 10th, 2013|

The 2013 legislative session that wrapped up on Monday produced mixed results on key initiatives of the Oregon Business Plan.  To create jobs and raise the incomes of Oregonians, these initiatives range from improving education to making more industrial land available for manufacturing to accelerating research and technology commercialization.

We’ll soon reprise the session in more detail, […]

Oregon PERS Far More Costly Than Washington Pension System

By |May 2nd, 2013|

A group called Fix PERS Now today released information comparing the relative contributions public employers make to the public employee pension systems in Oregon and Washington.

The group, a coalition of the Oregon School Boards Association, the Oregon Business Association, Stand For Children and Associated Oregon Industries, wants lawmakers to reduce pension benefits in order to […]

Oregon PERS Far More Costly Than Washington Pension System

By |May 2nd, 2013|

From the Willamette Week:

A group called Fix PERS Now today released information comparing the relative contributions public employers make to the public employee pension systems in Oregon and Washington.

The group, a coalition of the Oregon School Boards Association, the Oregon Business Association, Stand For Children and Associated Oregon Industries, wants lawmakers to reduce pension benefits […]

Analysis by PERS Shows that SB 822 Leaves Oregon Schools Struggling with High PERS Costs Through 2029

By |April 23rd, 2013|

PERS actuaries predict that school district payroll rates will double between 2009 and 2017 even with SB 822 and its companion provision to skip payments into the system. By 2017-2019 rates above and beyond 2009-2011 levels will cost school districts statewide $1 billion more each biennium, or the equivalent of 4,500 teachers, and will remain at […]

Build the Bridge: Oregon Business Plan Update

By |March 21st, 2013|

Culminating more than a decade of planning, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature made their commitment to finance Oregon’s share of replacing the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. Last week’s signing of HB 2800 represents a major victory for Oregon workers, Oregon businesses, and all Oregonians who depend on a safe and efficient transportation […]