Tag Archives: Economic Impact

Amazon, derided as a ‘job killer,’ actually boosts local employment

In cities with multiple Amazon fulfillment centers, job creation was “well above the national average.” The e-commerce giant has been “both a net job creator and a catalyst for stronger job growth,” Morgan Stanley found. Amazon has a reputation for disrupting just about everything in its path. But it also brings massive benefits to labor […]
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The Economic and Distributional Impact of the Trump Administration’s Tariff Actions

The Trump administration has imposed new tariffs on steel, aluminum, washing machines, and thousands of other products that American businesses and consumers buy from China. Tariffs have been imposed as the result of various trade investigations that concluded injury to U.S. industries, national security threats, and unfair trade practices.[1] These tariffs will increase the tax burden […]
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Smoke-affected vineyards may get relief

Southern Oregon wine grape growers whose 2018 crops were rejected by wineries because of smoke taint may get a new source of relief. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is pushing to include compensation for vintners whose crops were damaged by relentless wildfires in the lame-duck session spending bill. Although many of the region’s grape growers […]
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Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Forestry issues are no longer confined to rural Oregon — it’s now a statewide issue, forestry consultant Matthew Donegan told a gathering of state business, agency and elected leaders Monday. The formation of an Oregon forest business plan now ranks among the state’s highest priorities, Donegan said. Among the plethora of financial issues addressed during […]
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A Winter-Coat Heavyweight Gives Trump’s Trade War the Cold Shoulder

Columbia Sportswear has spent years designing ski jackets and hiking boots to withstand the elements: wind, rain, snow and, increasingly, tariffs. Located on a sprawling campus adorned with hanging canoes, the 80-year-old retailer has long protected its outdoor gear from the whims of Washington by engaging in what the company calls “tariff engineering” — adjusting […]
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Columbia Sportswear – OPB’s Think Out Loud

For years, Columbia Sportswear has practiced what it calls “tariff engineering” — tweaking its products to minimize import and export taxes. That’s one reason the Oregon-based company’s CEO Tim Boyle says President Donald Trump’s effort to use tariffs as a way to motivate corporations like his to move manufacturing to the United States won’t work. […]
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‘It’s an exciting an opportunity’: Mayor Wheeler supports Portland MLB stadium plans

“What I’ve said, as the mayor of the city of Portland, is the taxpayers here are not going to buy a team and we’re not going to build a ballpark. It’s really up to PDP to put the dollars on the table,” said Wheeler. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is excited about the early plans to […]
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Climate-change calamity: Oregon faces wildfires, drought and deep economic losses

On Friday, as many Americans were clamoring for discounts at big box stores, the federal government released an alarming report on the impacts of human-caused climate change, some of which are predictive, others described are already here. The report warns that climate-fueled disasters — like the recent California wildfires and the powerful hurricanes that ripped […]
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A Dozen Sobering Numbers For Oregon in the New Federal Report on Climate Change

In late 2015, heavy rainfall caused an outbreak of a bacterial diarrheal disease. The day after Thanksgiving, the White House released a massive federal assessment of the damage climate change is poised to unleash on the U.S. economy. Source: A Dozen Sobering Numbers For Oregon in the New Federal Report on Climate Change – Willamette […]
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Extreme weather experienced here in 2015 will become routine, study predicts

Federal study warns of failure to take action on climate change, and suggests communities plan to be more resilient. 2015, the warmest year on record for the Northwest, caused crop losses, fish die-offs, large wildfires, and irrigation shortages, and we better get used to it. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Extreme weather experienced here in […]
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