Category Archives: Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS)

Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast, December 2018

This morning the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released the latest quarterly economic and revenue forecast. For the full document, slides and forecast data please see our main website. Below is the forecast’s Executive Summary. Current economic growth remains strong. Nearly all leading indicators are flashing green, signaling solid gains in the near-term. However, the […]
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Cybersecurity at Oregon data center is better, but has ways to go

The state has made strides in getting rid of obsolete equipment and conducting vulnerability scans, but cybersecurity roles are still poorly defined and incident monitoring is murky. An audit published this week by the Oregon secretary of state found the state government’s data center had improved considerably on its cybersecurity practices, which had long been […]
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Oregon’s Energy Intensity and Household Spending

Energy costs can have big impacts on the economy. This has certainly been the case historically with the 1973 oil crisis and U.S. recession being a prime example. More recently we can observe the impact of gas prices on American automobile purchases. When gas is near $4 per gallon, we buy more cars, but when […]
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Portland’s Economic and Housing Outlook

This morning I am presenting at the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland’s annual forecast breakfast. It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to attend again, so we have lots of topics to catch up on! The National Association of Home Builders’ chief economist, Robert Dietz, will also be presenting. I am looking […]
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Portland State economist forecasts more growth in 2019

Bend Chamber of Commerce event focuses on economic trends. With tariffs hitting a broad array of Chinese imports and interest rates on the rise, business owners might be wondering how long the national and local economies can continue to grow. Oregon economists will offer their views on the situation at the Economic Impact Breakfast presented […]
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Appeals court blocks release of proposed 2019 legislation

Portland attorney challenged administration’s attempt to keep documents secret until after contentious election. Oregon’s Court of Appeals late Friday granted a request by state officials to keep secret, for now, details about proposed legislation, acting just minutes before the state was due to disclose the records. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Appeals court blocks release […]
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Oregon Economists Predict Recession

In a recent look into the future, Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said “trying to forecast a period of prolonged weakness, or even a possible recession two years in advance is a fool’s errand.” “There’s just too much time, too many potential variables…to alter the course that far in the future” […]
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Buehler, Brown bash each other after judge rules state must release bill proposals

Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, and her opponent in the upcoming election, state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, are bashing each other over a recent judge’s ruling. It says Brown’s administration must release around 250 proposals outlining what could become bills next year, as first reported by the Oregonian. Brown’s administration plans to appeal the judge’s order. […]
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UPDATE: State appeals judge’s order to disclose proposed legislation

UPDATE: State officials have filed an appeal of the Marion County judge’s order to release by Friday hundreds legislative proposals Gov. Kate Brown’s administration has sought to keep secret. In a Thursday court filing, Sarah Weston, attorney for the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, argued that the Oregon appellate judges are likely to reverse the […]
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Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em

Despite a modest correction in stock prices, the near-term outlook remains bright. The economic data flow continues to be healthy. The next 12-18 months should see good growth, in part due to the federal fiscal stimulus (tax cuts, and the spending increase are just now hitting the economy). However, economists are increasingly pointing towards 2020 […]
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