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With revenues up $725 million, Oregon taxpayers should expect kicker in 2024, forecast says

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) issued this week a quarterly economic forecast predicting higher wages increasing projected tax revenue will allow the state to recover more quickly from the recession, triggered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic than it did from The Great Recession of the early 2000s. Oregon’s[Read More…]

Washington Co. Chair Harrington floats idea of requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining

File photo: Chas Hundley Following a Tuesday afternoon work session where Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington said she would push for a closure of indoor dining in Washington County, the chair of Washington County’s board of commissioners has floated the idea of allowing indoor dining for vaccinated diners only.  In[Read More…]

Oregon House passes bill to require diverse boards of directors for publicly-traded companies

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon House Democrats issued a news release announcing the passage of House Bill 3310A, which requires publicly-traded corporations to have a minimum number of directors who are women and members of underrepresented communities.  HB 331A is part of a concerted effort[Read More…]

County Board to host town hall; county installs new economic development director

Matt Craigie. Photo courtesy Washington County The Washington County Board of Commissioners is hosting a virtual town hall on March 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the county’s Zoom platform with commissioners participating.  The county commissioners plan to discuss their 2021 priorities followed by a live Q&A with[Read More…]

Banks Chamber of Commerce waives membership dues for 2021

The “Welcome to Banks” sign on Highway 6. Photo: Brenda Schaffer The Banks Chamber of Commerce announced a membership drive in December, waiving membership fees for the 2021 calendar year for new and returning businesses who wish to join the organization.  “Our members are businesses, organizations, and individuals concerned with[Read More…]

Grant opens for small businesses in unincorporated Washington County

Face masks. Photo: Chas Hundley Washington County announced on Tuesday, December 8 that a new round of small business grants for businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic had been opened. The program is targeted at businesses with 100 or fewer employees that are in the hospitality industry or were shut[Read More…]

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