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Tax and Fiscal Policy

Given the aftereffects of COVID and the adoption of significant tax increases in recent years, lawmakers in 2022 should decline to raise existing taxes, create new ones or reduce important tax incentive programs. Meanwhile, one-time federal funds should be used for one-time programs.

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Employment Practices

Employers are struggling to recover from the last two years and are facing serious labor shortages. For 2022, OBI will urge the Legislature to help businesses recover and resist imposing new regulatory or cost burdens.

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Manufacturing is a vital component of Oregon’s economy. Manufacturing jobs can and will create equitable, top-tier opportunities for advancement for Oregon workers and families. The production of these jobs contributes to a thriving economic and business climate that produces revenue for critical public services.

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Environment, Energy and Natural Resources

Oregon’s regulated community is taking on more than ever before. Increased stringency and complexity in environmental programs continue to require employers to make costly investments. Regulatory requirements should not burden Oregon businesses unduly or place them at a competitive disadvantage.

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In recent years, retailers have been asked to pay ever-increasing costs of doing business while seeing much of their traditional business shrink. They also have invested heavily in new technology and service delivery models. State and local government should focus on helping with those difficult transitions rather than imposing additional costs on the delivery of goods and services.

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Education and Workforce Development

The COVID pandemic has made it clear that Oregon legislators must continue to prioritize access to in-person education during the 2022 legislative session. All of OBI’s 1,600-plus members rely on the effectiveness of our public education system, from pre-K through postsecondary.

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Health Care

OBI supports legislation that ensures access to high-quality health care for Oregonians and reduces the total cost of health care. Rather than making significant new changes, policymakers should allow the effects of the recent Oregon Health Care expansion to unfold.

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Infrastructure investments are critical to ensure the movement of people and freight required for economic growth. The state in 2022 should focus on funding and implementing high-priority projects included in the Legislature’s 2017 transportation package.

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