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Oregon Targeted to receive $4.2B in Federal Stimulus – Impact to State Legislation

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In some good news, with the recent passing of the latest Federal stimulus package Oregon is slated to receive $4.2B.  $2.6B is targeted directly at the state, the remaining $1.6B will be share among cities and counties.

This is good news there are a lot of state legislative bills currently focused on revenue raising/tax increases and this funding will take the pressure off the need to do that. We would hope to see very few bills targeted at raising revenue.  Another thing likely to take the pressure off raising revenue/tax bills is that the latest economic forecast for this biennium shows the kicker tax being triggered.

On a positive note, SB 842 is written to make sure that federal stimulus payments are not taxable.

At the Federal level, America’s Recovery Act doesn’t tax unemployment benefits and there is a drive to connect to that and make sure federal unemployment is not taxed at the state level.  

State Legislative Bills we are tracking include:

Good bills still alive:

  • HB 2343Allows local government to suspend Enterprise Zone requirements
  • SB 330Tax credit for forgiven rents for landlords
  • SB 727May allow Oregon businesses to claim federal ‘State & Local Tax’ (SALT) deduction in excess of $10,000 federal limit
  • SB 780COVID liability protections for health care facilities and providers
  • SB 842Tax exemption for federal stimulus payment to Oregon taxpayers

Good bills dead:

  • HB 2638General COVID liability protections for employers
  • SB 531Right to compensation for businesses closed by Governor’s orders

Challenging bills still alive:

  • HB 2253, HB 2457Levies state tax on PPP loans
  • HB 2474Expansion of Oregon family leave law, applies to all small businesses
  • HB 2489 –  Re-classification of independent contractors as employees
  • HB 2814‘Indirect Source’ requirement for building projects
  • HB 3171Adds insurance in the Unlawful Trade Practices Act
  • HB 3305Prohibits diesel fuel
  • SB 137, HB 2839Disconnects businesses from Federal CARES Act tax benefits
  • SB 139Eliminates Oregon’s ‘Small Business Tax Cut’ law
  • SB 483Retaliation presumption for employment actions taken within 60 days of whistleblower complaint
  • SB 716Requires employer to accommodate employee day care schedule
  • SB 801, SB 802Workers’ comp COVID presumption

 Challenging bills dead:

  • HB 2205Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), authorize private lawsuits for alleged violations of law and rules enforced by agencies
  • HB 2974Prohibits conditioning employment on refraining from drug use
  • SB 477Lower burden of proof for unlawful discrimination claims
  • SB 650“Fair Share” tax on employers that do not provide health insurance benefits

These bills represent the “playing field” for the business community for the next three weeks.

The next major deadline for bills is April 13th.  As such, these next three weeks are sure to be chaotic as committees further refine the list of policies that will be moving forward this session.

If you have interest or concern about these or other bills, please email Debi Mollahan, CEO, Tigard Chamber at Debi@tigardchamber.org

Federal

The American Rescue Plan, the recently federal stimulus signed into law among other things contains two big programs targeted at specific sectors– The Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

SBA will administer both programs.  Applications are expected to open for the shuttered venue program on April 8th and hopefully soon for the Restaurant Revitalization fund as well.

Make an Impact – Apply for Leadership Tigard

PRESS RELEASE

Aug 12th, 2020

For Immediate Release:  Tigard, Oregon

Leadership Tigard: Your Backstage Pass to Community and Opportunity

Now accepting 2020 2021 Applications
Left to Right – Mayor Jason Snider, Tigard Chamber CEO, Debi Mollahan, 2020 Graduates – Kelly Marks, Justina Williamson, Carol Krager, Leah Voit, Dolly Specht, Ryan Mohr, John Goodhouse, Pam Leavitt., Katherine Wiley, Kyle Arnhart, Richard Crokin, Patty Lofgren – Not pictured, Amber Bell, Kimberly Cederholm, Wes Charley, Annie Sprague

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce is seeking curious, collaborative, constructive, compassionate, and connected adults who are: business owners, government, non-profit, or academic professionals and volunteers.

Are you interested in gaining more knowledge about the community you live, work and play in? How about a deeper understanding of how it all fits together between business, government, non-profits, and community?  Would you like to impact the community of Tigard and help make it even better?  Then consider Leadership Tigard! Not into reading, go to our video page here

Leadership Tigard is a 1 day/month, 9 month program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.  The goal of the program is to educate and inspire adult leaders to participate in the life of our community at a variety of levels.  The purpose of Leadership Tigard is to create knowledgeable, connected, skilled, involved and passionate business and community members/leaders.

Participants in Leadership Tigard become part of local solutions as more informed and engaged citizens.  What some previous participants say about Leadership Tigard

  • Karen Emerson, current Tigard School Board member stated: “Leadership Tigard helped me find the confidence to represent my neighbors on the school board.”
  • Halsted Bernard, Director of Tigard Public Library stated: “Leadership Tigard has given me the tools to engage more deeply with the Tigard Community and the resources to collaborate with other leaders.”
  • Michelle Cheney, health care professional: ”I’ve lived in Tigard for 15 years and worked here for 7 and almost everything we learned was new.  I was delighted with how much Tigard has to offer, and I learned about important ways I can contribute to my community.”

Leadership Tigard graduates have impacted the local community through service projects over the last four years of the program in the following ways:

  • 2020 – Site preparation, assembly and installation of play structure for Family Promise of Tualatin Valley, a non profit that serves homeless children and their families.
  • 2019 – Raised over $6,000 for the Chelsea Hicks Foundation who provides play and laughter to children fighting cancer.
  • 2018 – Assembled 300 “Fresh Start” kits with essential health, hygiene and other necessities for the city’s most needy residents distributed through local agencies.
  • 2017 – Raised $5,000 for Project Homeless Connect Tigard – One Day Event, serving some of our most vulnerable community members.

Applications are now being accepted for the Leadership Tigard class of 2020/21. The program runs October 12th 2020 through June15th, 2021. Applications are due by September 24th, 2020. To learn more and/or apply visit: Leadership.TigardChamber.org or email debi@tigardchamber.org.

Leadership Tigard is a program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Connect with us on Facebook.com/LeadershipTigard, Instagram.com/Leadership_Tigard and Twitter @LeadersTigard

For more information contact Debi Mollahan: Debi@TigardChamber.org or (503) 639-1683

 

Growing Together

I like a lot of you have been watching what has been unfolding locally and nationally with regard to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  We have a serious and systemic issue with equity across many of our institutions and systems.  This impacts people, communities and businesses.

The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors decided we as a business organization needed to add our voice to raise awareness to the issue and released the following statement on our social media channels

June 3rd, 2020

At a time like this, it is hard to find the right words.

Words to express our sadness, frustration and anger about the injustice people of color face daily in our communities. 

We stand for equity, prosperity and systemic change.

We stand against police brutality and racism in all forms. 

We support the City of Tigard’s refreshed vision

“To be an equitable community for everyone.”

The Tigard Chamber is listening, open to learning and is committed to being part of the solution. 

Who will join us?

I am very proud of our organization and the Board of Directors for having the courage to speak into the issue.  Four or five years ago this might not have happened.  We as an organization are evolving as I hope we all are with increasing awareness of unconscious biases we may have and how many of our systems don’t deliver equity.

Our work actually began about a year and half ago as we looked at what we needed to do as an organization to better reflect our community and be welcoming to all.  The first result was an updated vision statement

Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

Since then we have worked behind the scenes to gain a better understanding of the culture around us in Tigard, listening and learning and beginning to partner with relevant organizations.

These are all just beginning steps, we have a long ways to go and we have to continue this work.  If you would like to join us on this journey please contact myself or Katherine Wiley at Debi@tigardchamber.org or Katherine@tigardchamber.org.

Debi Mollahan

CEO, Tigard Chamber