Category Archives: Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS)

Oregon public employee unions see decline in dues-paying members

After Janus Supreme Court decision, more employees declining dues and membership. Oregon’s largest public employee unions have seen double-digit declines in the number of state workers paying dues, state data show. Source: Oregon public employee unions see decline in dues-paying members; After Janus Supreme Court decision, more employees declining dues and membership

Oregon to Launch Statewide Procurement Marketplace in 2020

Under a five-year contract with Periscope Holdings, the OregonBuys Marketplace will standardize procurement across all the state’s agencies, from RFP to payment, giving Oregon a better view into purchasing activity. The state of Oregon has contracted with Periscope Holdings, a developer of e-procurement systems based in Austin, Texas, to create a new statewide procurement platform, […]
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Openings, Layoffs, and Net Job Gains

When economists talk about growth, we almost always are referring to net growth. There is considerable amounts of churn in the economy every single day. Roughly, 12% of jobs are either being gained or lost at any given point. What we’re concerned about is whether the good news outweighs the bad news, or vice versus. Even though […]
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State printing service mails incorrect envelopes to county taxpayers

The Douglas County Tax Collection Office announced this week that the contractor that prints and mails tax statements inadvertently printed and mailed the 2019/20 property tax statements with the wrong payment remittance envelope. Douglas County contracts with the State of Oregon Printing & Distribution Department to print and mail more than 85,000 tax statements each […]
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Big Question #2: Capital and Long-Run Growth | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

One forecasting challenge is we do not know what the 11th or 12th year of an economic expansion looks like. We’ve never been here before. Our baseline forecast calls for ongoing, but slowing growth as we run into supply side constraints. However, that is more theory than data. I’ve been wrestling with two big questions […]
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Big Question #1: Oregon’s Slowing Growth | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

One forecasting challenge is we do not know what the 11th or 12th year of an economic expansion looks like. We’ve never been here before. Our baseline forecast calls for ongoing, but slowing growth as we run into supply side constraints. However, that is more theory than data. I’ve been wrestling with two big questions […]
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Failing forestry: Gov. Brown launches team to fix department’s financial mess

The oversight team is tasked with identifying the structural changes necessary at the agency to expedite and standardize the processing of financial transactions related to wildfires. It will also evaluate new ways for the agency to manage its seasonal borrowing needs. Source: Failing forestry: Gov. Brown launches team to fix department’s financial mess

Maybe Fun Friday: Mid-Valley Commuters

This week I was part of a great real estate event here in Salem. I’ll write up much more on the Mid-Valley outlook in the next week or two. However, as I was putting it all together, something in the latest Census data really stood out to me. The number of Salem area residents who […]
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Network Deal to Serve as Research, Public Services Vehicle

A newly minted Oregon nonprofit is partnering with a California-based education and research network to better connect universities. The new deal will also help deliver public services, officials say. Two nonprofit high-speed fiber-optic conglomerates penned an agreement establishing a regional pool of resources between Oregon and California that could have far-reaching effects on public services […]
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Is Household Formation Strong or Weak?

Overall the number of households in the state continues to increase. This is no surprise given that we are a magnet state. In good times and bad people pack up and move to this part of the world, especially when job opportunities are plentiful. Given migration flows in recent years have been about as large […]
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