Category Archives: Portland Business Journal

Oregon electric utility regulation under a microscope

Portland General Electric argued for retaining the “basic framework” of Oregon’s electric utility regulatory structure as stakeholders offered final written comments recently in a discussion that’s quietly unfolded since January. Whether that much is really at stake in the exercise could be known soon. The Public Utility Commission will hold a final public meeting on […]
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Medical marijuana program ripe for black-market diversion, Oregon report warns

Oregon Health Authority cites “insufficient and inaccurate reporting and tracking” and an “inability to validate grow site location.” Poor oversight of Oregon’s sprawling medical marijuana program has raised the risk that cannabis is flowing into the black market, according to a report released Thursday by state health officials. Underfunded and short-staffed regulators have been unable […]
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown strikes tax compromise with business, labor groups 

A union-backed measure that would have required disclosure of the Oregon tax payments of public companies won’t be on the fall ballot. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday struck a deal between the measure’s backers and representatives from the business community that could give momentum to the protracted effort to reform the state’s volatile revenue system. “Today, […]
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Oregon CCOs performed well on quality measures in 2017

The majority of the state’s Medicaid coordinated care organizations received 100 percent of their incentive dollars for hitting their quality metrics, according to a new report. The Oregon Health Authority created a quality pool from a percentage of monthly CCO payments to reward them for meeting benchmarks in managing care for 1 million low-income people […]
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Amid short labor supply, Oregon’s largest private companies begin to worry about economy

The state’s privately held companies are in good health, with more than 95 percent turning a profit, but many fret over finding the talent hey need to expand and some fear a shifting economic cycle. Request full text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Amid short labor supply, Oregon’s largest private companies begin to worry […]
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With the Trump administration’s tariffs in place, Oregon braces for a nearly $1 billion hit

Oregon, like every state, will suffer big hits from the trade war between the world’s two largest economies that officially began this morning. The scenario arrives after the Trump administration followed through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products. Source: With the Trump administration’s tariffs in place, Oregon braces for […]
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Opinion: Oregon’s investment in cannabis should equal that of wine, beer and spirits

It’s time for the state government and legislature to step up their dedication to the cannabis industry beyond protecting its legality. Oregon’s legal cannabis industry has become an economic powerhouse. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Opinion: Oregon’s investment in cannabis should equal that of wine, beer and spirits – Portland Business Journal

Portland cooking-oil recycler Oregon Oils, accused of fat-laden wastewater discharge violations, told to pay $671,128

Oregon Oils is also facing a criminal probe. Cooking-oil recycler Oregon Oils Inc. has been hit with $671,128 in penalties and charges by the city of Portland for alleged wastewater discharge permit violations. The company also faces a joint state and federal criminal investigation. In documents released Thursday, the Bureau of Environmental Services accused the company […]
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Kitzhaber and other health leaders opine on where CCOs should go next

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber joined with other health policy experts today to share their thoughts about the next iteration of Oregon’s Medicaid coordinated care organizations. Source: Kitzhaber and other health leaders opine on where CCOs should go next – Portland Business Journal

State Sen. Brian Boquist sues legislative leaders over tax law

An Oregon state senator has filed a lawsuit against the state’s legislative leaders that claims a tax law passed this year is unconstitutional. Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Oregon Tax Court. Source: State Sen. Brian Boquist sues legislative leaders over tax law – Portland Business Journal