Tag Archives: Economic Impact

Officials seek state help for businesses impacted by fire

Reduced revenues and cash flow for businesses due to disruptive wildfires this summer could impact their credit ratings and their access to capital. This summer’s harsh fire season left behind economic damages that Oregon officials and members of the business community are still trying to quantify.Although the state is still researching the extent of the […]
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September smoke made measurable dent in Bend tourism

Record-setting run of tax collection came to an end. Smoke from September wildfires ended a 61-month winning streak in the city of Bend, according to Visit Bend, the city’s tourism marketing agency. Every month starting in July 2012 showed a year-over-year increase in room tax revenue until September. The city that month collected $814,047, or […]
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Officials seek state help for businesses impacted by fire

Reduced revenues and cash flow for businesses due to wildfires this summer could impact their access to credit. This summer’s harsh fire season left behind economic damages that Oregon officials and members of the business community are still trying to quantify. Source: Officials seek state help for businesses impacted by fire

More than 100 attend discussion on smoke, forest management

To a crowd of more than a hundred concerned about last summer’s wildfires, proposed state legislation taking control of how forests are managed from the federal government drew among the warmest responses. During a community panel addressing the suffocating amounts of smoke over the summer, loud applause and cheers followed state Sen. Herman Baertschiger’s mention […]
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Opinion | The Economy Can’t Grow Without Birth Control

This month, 41 Democrats introduced a bill with a simple mission: It would undo the Trump administration’s recent change to the Affordable Care Act that paves the way for virtually any employer to deny its employees access to contraception without a co-payment. Before President Trump’s new guidance, the law required nearly all employers to offer workers health […]
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Editorial: PERS problem should not be treated like fantasy

  Escapist fantasy can make for great tales — “Stranger Things,” Snow White, you name it. The outcome is not so good when Oregon’s leaders spin their fantasies on the public. C. John Larson, president of the Oregon Education Association, recently told a story of how the state’s $25 billion state pension unfunded liability is […]
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Keeping the Lights On: solar manufacturers and installers face an uncertain market

In the wake of a landmark trade case, the solar industry faces an uncertain future. On a sunny afternoon in a Beaverton suburb, longhaired solar installers from Portland-based Elemental Energy heft panels from a crate stamped “Made in Korea.” Along with the 290-watt Hyundai model, Elemental sources panels from Malaysia, Canada and, of course, China, […]
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Wildfires Impact on September Employment Figures

September’s wildfires didn’t seem to have a noticeable impact on the statewide jobs and unemployment rate report. The fires did have a noticeable impact the local job reports in the Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon, and Southern Oregon. Leisure and hospitality businesses in these areas cut a combined 600 more jobs than they usually do in […]
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Where is the forest-restoration economy? (Whither the restoration economy?)

The budget-starved Forest Service gives jobs to the lowest bidder instead of local communities. In the early 1990s, as overcutting and the endangered northern spotted owl put the kibosh on the West’s timber bonanza, forest managers began to dream of a more modest woods-based economy. Source: Where is the forest-restoration economy? (Whither the restoration economy?) […]
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Hermiston gas plant devaluation knocks $934,000 off county tax rolls

Umatilla County loses about 1 percent of total assessed value. The Oregon Department of Revenue knocked $54 million off the assessed value of the Hermiston Generating Company. The devaluation means a drop in local property tax revenue of $934,672 for 2017-18, with education taking the brunt of the loss. Source: Hermiston gas plant devaluation knocks […]
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