Category Archives: Portland Business Journal

Oregon governor taps OHA chief of staff as health policy adviser

Gov. Kate Brown picked Dawn Jagger as her new senior health policy adviser, as Tina Edlund is retiring in March. Jagger currently serves as the chief of staff and director of external relations at the Oregon Health Authority. She’ll step into her new position March 9. “Dawn was at the core of the small team of trusted […]
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Oregon climate activists sue secretary of state on clean energy initiatives

Climate activists are challenging the Oregon secretary of state over her rejection last month of two initiative petitions. Initiatives 48 and 49 would have required 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045 in slightly different ways, and backers were planning to ultimately go forward with one or the other. Source: Oregon climate activists sue secretary of […]
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Oregon Democrats’ cap and trade redo faces skepticism

A business group isn’t swayed, and advocates don’t like the concessions in the works. Source: Oregon Democrats’ cap and trade redo faces skepticism – Portland Business Journal

Oregon Democrats’ cap and trade redo faces skepticism

Democrats’ changes to their cap and trade proposal haven’t converted a big business group that opposed the sweeping climate policy in 2019. Meanwhile, advocates for the policy don’t appear thrilled at the concessions included in a draft legislative concept circulating ahead of a committee meeting next week that will preview the bill likely to be […]
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Oregon petition targets indirect source diesel emissions

Neighborhood and environmental groups have petitioned state regulators for new limits on harmful emissions at pollution hot spots, particularly diesel exhaust at construction sites. Diesel emissions have long been seen as one of the state’s most vexing pollution problems, especially in the Portland metro area, where they’re linked to a variety of health problems. Source: […]
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Budget deal keeps wind power tax break alive

A federal incentive for wind power that’s been a big factor in utility resource acquisitions in Oregon in recent years appears headed for an extension. The production tax credit for wind is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, but Congressional leaders have included a one-year extension in a budget agreement expected to […]
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Leadership Summit 2019: Oregon entrepreneurs need better access to capital

Access to capital and economic inequality took a prominent role Monday at the Oregon Leadership Summit, the state’s largest annual gathering of business, elected and civic leaders. The daylong event, now in its 17th year, featured two panel discussions about how to improve to capital access for women and people of color. Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron […]
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Winegrower group, bowing to pressure, gets new leadership

The state’s leading wine trade group has new executive leadership, fallout from an industry fissure that developed this year. Jana McKamey is replacing Tom Danowski, who has led the Oregon Winegrowers Association for eight years and is resigning effective Dec. 31, the group announced Monday. McKamey had overseen government affairs and operations for the group. The move […]
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Supporters of tobacco, vaping tax raise $9M a year before the election

A year before a referendum to pass a tax on e-cigarettes goes to voters, supporters have collected $9 million in contributions from Oregon hospital systems and nurses. The ballot measure is designed to reduce youth nicotine vaping and smoking and to raise funds to support Oregon’s Medicaid program. Source: Supporters of tobacco, vaping tax raise […]
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Oregon launches initiative to help equip workplaces with overdose drug

The Oregon Health Authority on Monday announced the launch of Reverse Overdose Oregon, which connects employers to training and tools to recognize when someone is overdosing on opioids and to administer naloxone, an overdose reversal medication. “Most workplaces are already equipped with fire extinguishers and AEDs,” said OHA Chief Medical Director Dr. Dana Hargunani. “We hope this pilot project will inspire […]
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