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Received October 12, 2018


OSCC endorses Measure 104

Dear OSCC members and colleagues -

Join OSCC and Oregon's business community in supporting a crucial ballot measure this November. Measure 104 is a constitutional amendment that would help protect Oregon businesses against easy tax hikes.  

OSCC have given the measure our official endorsement and now we need to work with the Oregon business community to support the campaign to pass it. 
 
According to Oregon's constitution, a 3/5 supermajority vote is required on all legislation that raises revenue. But, politicians have introduced dozens of bills during the past two legislative sessions that would circumvent this requirement. 
 

Many of these proposals would have impacted middle-class families and small businesses. A few examples include:

  • The Oregon legislature attempted to eliminate the home mortgage interest tax deduction for many taxpayers - a toll that provides over a half-million Oregon households a deduction on their state income taxes. They also considered a proposal to eliminate property tax deductions and other legislation damaging to homeowners. (HB 2006-2017)
  • Oregon politicians have long been in pursuit of a carbon tax, known as cap and trade. The legislation would require Oregon companies to pay a tax on carbon emissions which would hurt consumers by substantially increasing the costs of transportation, food and utilities, while also resulting in job losses. Politicians attempted this without a supermajority vote and without providing Oregonians evidence that it would result in reduced carbon emissions.
    (SB 965- 2015; SB 1070- 2017; HB 4001- 2018)
  • Most concerning, the legislature robbed thousands of Oregon small businesses of recent federal tax cuts by disconnecting from the federal tax code - raising $244 million in new revenue from Oregon small businesses on a simple majority vote. (SB 1528- 2018)

Each of these proposals could have been passed with a simple majority - not the three-fifths majority vote envisioned by Oregon voters.  

Ballot Measure 104 ensures that any legislation that raises revenue requires a three-fifths majority vote. This includes fees or the elimination of tax exemptions, deductions or credits - making it clear that Oregonians are done with politicians working behind closed doors to increase taxes. 
 
You can help by contributing to the campaign today.
 
Donate online by clicking here or use this donation form to send with a check.
 
Thank you in advance for your generous support for the A Tax is a Tax Committee. Your donation will help us pass Measure 104 to protect Oregon businesses from unfair tax hikes.

 

Best regards,

JL Wilson & Jenny Dresler

Legislative Counsel

jlwilson@pacounsel.org

jenny@pacounsel.org

503-363-2182

Received October 4, 2018

Help OSCC weigh in on BOLI Rulemaking for the Oregon Equal Pay Act

Dear OSCC members and colleagues -

In 2017, the Oregon legislature adopted the most comprehensive pay equity legislation in the country. That law, HB 2005, passed unanimously in both chambers after the original legislation was amended as part of a compromise between business and labor representatives. The law will go into full effect in January 2019 and reform the way employers consider payroll and communicate with their employees about compensation. As recent articles have suggested, it is incredibly COMPLICATED. To learn more about what you will need to do to comply, click here.

What do you need to know as a business owner or Human Resources professional?

  • As of October 2017, it is no longer legal to ask a job applicant for prior salary history. 
  • An employer may not lower the wages of employees to bring their overall compensation structure into compliance with the law.
  • Beginning on January 1, 2019, the law requires that employees be paid equally for comparable work regardless of protected class status. Additionally, there are specific requirements regarding communications with employees and applicants about compensation. Once the draft BOLI rules are finalized, businesses have until the end of 2018 to review employee handbooks, new hire processes, and pay practices to move towards compliance.
  • CORRECTION: A private right of action is triggered on January 1, 2019 for the bill, except for questions about past compensation (For that section, civil penalties are triggered in 2024). This means that businesses have a VERY SHORT window to get in to compliance before employee lawsuit provisions come in to play! 

 Help OSCC weigh-in during the rulemaking process.

 Although the language of the bill isn't up for debate in the rulemaking, BOLI's interpretation is. BOLI is accepting comments until October 12, 2018 at 5pm.

We are asking chambers to submit comments on the rulemaking. Please click here to see suggested talking points and a draft letter. Comments can be sent directly to Christine Lewis, BOLI Legislative Director at christine.e.lewis@state.or.us. Feel free to cc your state representative and/or senator on your comments.

This law is complicated and comprehensive. OSCC will need all-hands-on-deck to address any issues with implementation in the 2019 session.

 Best regards,

JL Wilson & Jenny Dresler

Legislative Counsel

jlwilson@pacounsel.org

jenny@pacounsel.org

503-363-2182

 

Oregon State Chamber of Commerce
503-363-2182 
867 Liberty Street NE, Salem 97301


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