June Message from Board Chair Karen Vineyard

Over the last few weeks, we have heard more about Juneteenth, and this year, perhaps more than any other, I hope we will all take a moment not just to mark this historic milestone, but also to reflect on the tremendous challenges still facing our nation in dealing with racial and economic inequities.

Business Coalition Again Calls on Gov. Brown for Economic Relief

In light of Gov. Brown’s announcement on Wednesday, April 9, that she would be extending K-12 and postsecondary school closures through the remainder of the school year, and that districts should be putting their Student Success Act spending plans on hold, OBI joined with dozens of other business associations to again ask for a delay in the implementation of the Corporate Activity Tax.

Coronavirus Crisis Impacting Oregon Mainstay Manufacturers

Over the last week, three major Oregon manufacturers said they were curtailing operations. Precision Castparts, Evraz and Greenbrier all appear to be reacting to the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Meantime, Daimler extended its Portland factory shut down that started March 25. Oregon’s Stay Home order allows manufacturers to continue operating so long as they implement social distancing…