Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Priorities

Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Priorities

2017 Legislative Priorities Summary

(Rev 2.23.2017)

The Members of the OSCC are united in support of:

1.  Comprehensive transportation funding package (with real low carbon fuel standard cost containment).

2.  State Spending Reform (PERS, Medicaid, Personnel costs)

3.  Pre-emption of local employment regulations.

  • SB 329
  • SB 544

4. Expanding eligibility for the 2013 ‘small business tax cut’.

5. Increased availability and affordability of workforce housing.

6. Increased resources for mental health programs and homelessness prevention.

7. Land use/UGB expansion for industrial development and housing.

The Members of the OSCC are united in opposition to:

1. Predictive Scheduling mandate.

  • HB 2193
  • SB 828

2. Employer-funded ‘paid family leave’ program.

3. ‘Cap and Trade,’ carbon tax, or Cleaner Air Oregon regulations that imposes burdensome costs on local manufacturers.

  • HB 2135 – Cap & Trade
  • HB 2468 – Cap & Trade
  • SB 557 – Cap & Trade

4. Increasing damage awards for liability, medical lawsuits.

  • HB 2129 – Increases non-economic damages to $1m + index
  • SB 487 – Increases non-economic damages to $1m + index

5. Elimination of the small business tax cut.

  • SB 165

6. Taxes not supported by the business community.

  • HB 2006 – Elimination of mortgage interest for 2nd homes
  • HB 2230 – Commercial Activities Tax
  • HB 2829 – Eliminates itemized deductions
  • HB 2830 – Increases corporate income tax rates
  • HB 2875 – Excise tax on coffee beans, ground coffee
  • HB 2876 – Increased personal income tax rates
  • HB 2877 – Old vehicle tax
  • HB 2940 – Business tax disclosure
  • HB 2941 – Disconnects from federal expensing & depreciation benefits
  • HJR 15 – Simple majority vote for tax increases

2017 Legislative Priorities Summary

Other Bills

  • Expansion of Prevailing Wages for E Zones: HB 2194, HB 2583, SB 291
  • Marijuana employment non-discrimination: SB 301
  • Lien on employer property for unpaid wage claims: HB 2180
  • Employer liability for workplace bullying: HB 2167
  • Wage equity: HB 2005, SB 752

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