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.
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.
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.
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.
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.