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March 18 Update

We know these are trying times and many of you (and us) have been working around the clock for COVID-19 response and mitigation. Our lobby team has been working with the Governor’s Office, key decision makers, and the Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response to address many of your needs. If you have specific requests or new items that have developed please reach out to our team as we continue to work remotely on your behalf!

Below are a few items of note since the 2020 Session adjournment as some policy and politics continues amongst the COVID-19 crisis. The majority of interim workgroups have been postponed and delayed at this time.

Dates of Interest – 2020 Interim & 2021 Session*

March 19th – Primary Election

March 20 – 22nd – Interim Committee Days

Sept. 23 – 25th – Interim Committee Days

Sept. 24th – Legislative Concepts Draft Request Deadline (2021 Session)

Nov. 3rd – General Election

Dec. 7 – 9th – Interim Committee Days

Dec. 18th – Pre-Session Filing Deadline (2021 Session)

*Note these are advisory dates as the calendar for the 2020 interim will need to be adopted in a concurrent resolution during a Special Session to formally establish deadlines for the 2021 Session.

POLICY Updates

Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response

The Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response convened for the first time today. This bipartisan committee is composed of fifteen legislators – nine senators and seven representatives. Chair Holvey opened the committee by describing the committee's responsibility to enhance the state’s coronavirus response in order to mitigate the negative impacts to vulnerable populations and small businesses, as well as produce budget and policy recommendations for the legislature. The committee had a robust agenda for the day resulting in the meeting lasting 4.5 hours.

The Governor’s staff presented a coordinated set of responses to the current crisis. Their comments focused largely on four categories: Keeping Oregonians housed, keeping Oregonians fed, helping businesses, and aiding Oregon’s health care system.

Pat Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority also addressed the Committee. He was questioned regarding the lack of personal protective equipment and noted that OHA is on plan E right now, and there is no plan F.

The Committee concluded by receiving two-hours of testimony from labor and business representatives. Each of the stakeholders urged the committee to reduce the economic impact of the Coronavirus. Suggestions ranged from ensuring access to childcare for workers to deferring all city and states fees for businesses.

Chair Holvey closed the meeting by requesting that each member take the recommendations heard today and come prepared to share their top one or two action items at the next meeting which is tentatively scheduled for Friday. You can view the hearing here and presentations from stakeholders below:

See employment law/COVID FAQ guidance from Secretary Clarno and BOLI Commissioner Hoyle at the end of this email.

Special Session Update

Legislative leaders from both parties called for a Special Session this week. While the details have not been released (date/how long/specific bills) we are hearing it could be within the next couple of weeks. In addition to adopting the budget bills from the 2020 Session, we anticipate they will adopt a COVID-19 response package that will include financial relief for employers and workers and address the needs of Oregon’s healthcare systems. The new Committees recently formed, the Legislature’s Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response and the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, will be charged with the task of developing this package.

Commercial Activities Tax - Rulemaking

1st Quarter Payments: The Dept. of Revenue has shared that initial quarterly payments remain to be due April 30, 2020, however they will not assess underpayment penalizes to taxpayers “making a good faith effort to estimate their first quarter payments” in response to the COVID-19 impacts on taxpayers’ commercial activity. This, among other items, is on the list employers submitted to the Joint COVID Committee this week asking for relief from.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY RULES: Two new CAT rules have been filed with the SOS:

  1. 150-317-1220 2 Employee Compensation: Labor Cost Subtraction
  • Defines what is considered an “employee” and “compensation” for the purposes of calculating labor cost subtraction
  1. 150-317-1120 Definition of single-family residential construction.
  • Defines what single-family residential construction means for the purposes of helping general contractors to calculate their exclusion

The first batch of twelve rules became effective January 1, 2020. Four additional rules took effect February 1, 2020. The two new rules filed bring us to 18 total. We anticipate at least one more set of draft rules to be released in the coming months. As a reminder, temporary rules can only be in effect for 180-days. The permanent rulemaking process will begin on April 1, 2020.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: Department officials announced last week that additional temporary rules for the CAT are expected to be filed in the coming months.

STATEWIDE TOUR: DOR has cancelled its statewide tour due to COVID-19.

ABOUT the CAT: More than 6,200 businesses have registered for the CAT, a significantly lower number that what was estimated by the Legislative Revenue Office during the 2019 session. They predicted approximately 40,000 businesses would have to pay taxes under the CAT, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Multnomah County Amendment to the Business Income Tax Ordinance

The Multnomah County Commission held their first public hearing on the proposed update to the county’s Business Income Tax ordinance (BIT) ordinance this past week. If passed, the ordinance would be amended in three ways:

  1. Increase the BIT tax rate from 1.45% to 2.00% (effective January 1, 2020)
  2. Increase the gross receipts exemption from $50,000 to $100,000
  3. Increase the Owners Compensation deduction from $108,000 to $127,000

Chair Kafoury noted that the commissioners were well aware if they don’t do something to increase revenue, they would have a $23M deficit by 2024. She concluded by saying the proposal is fair, equitable and necessary. The commission voted to unanimously to support the ordinance and scheduled the second hearing for March 26.


Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. Announced Retirement

Senator Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) announced he will not be running for re-election in 2020. Baertschiger was first elected to Senate District 2 in 2012 and has served as the Senate Republican Leader since ahead of the 2019 session, leading the caucus in three walkouts. Read more here.

Senator Ginny Burdick Steps Down from Leadership

Senator Ginny Burdick announced that she will step down as the Senate Majority Leader, a position she has held since 2015. Senator Burdick has served in the Senate for 24 years and is running again this election cycle. Read more here.

Senator Chuck Thomsen Recall Effort

A recall effort has been launched in Hood River County against Senator Chuck Thomsen. Petitioners sited Senator Thomsen’s participation in the Senate Republican walkout as a driving factor in their recall effort. 9,025 valid signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State by June 2 in order for a recall election to occur. Senator Thomsen has represented Senate District 26 since 2010. Read more here.


Secretary of State
Bev Clarno and Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle
Sick Time

  • All employees get sick time. If you have 10+ employees (or 6+ in Portland), that time must be paid.
  • Accrual rate is 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.
  • Employees can use sick time to care for themselves, family members, for visits to medical professionals. Sick time can also be used if your child's school is closed by order of a public official for a public health emergency, such as Governor Brown’s current closure of all K-12 schools.
  • Here is a poster about sick time you can share with employees.
  • You can find more information on sick time & coronavirus, including a fact sheet, here.

Oregon Family Leave (OFLA)
  • OFLA applies to employers with 25+ employees
  • Oregonians can use Oregon Family Leave to take protected time off to care for their children during official school closures related to coronavirus. This leave is not paid unless employees use available paid time off they have, but it is protected.

Predictive Scheduling
  • Oregon’s predictive scheduling law applies only to employers with 500+ employees and requires certain advance notice of scheduling changes.
  • This pandemic may result in decreases to business’ staffing needs (or unpredictable staffing needs and worker availability).
  • This law provides for employer relief for extenuating circumstances such as natural disasters or declarations of public officials. This includes current emergency declarations by Governor Brown.
  • Proactive communication is at the heart of this law. Employers should be proactive in communicating with employees about their operations and schedules. This virus situation changes every day, and it is a good practice for employers to communicate every day.
  • Now is the time for employers to engage in the proactive activities suggested in the law to prepare for the lack of certainty in demand and scheduling to best support employees and business operations (i.e. establishing group communications, list of workers who are available to work on demand, voluntary stand-by list, frequent scheduling updates, etc.).
  • You can learn more about predictive scheduling here.

Preventing Discrimination
  • We continue to hear anecdotal reports of people experiencing discrimination because of fears of coronavirus, particularly around race or national origin.
  • Discrimination based on race, national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and other characteristics is illegal and wrong.
  • In scary times, sometimes people act with poor judgment or without facts out of fear– that’s not okay if it results in disparate treatment based on protected characteristics.
  • As an employer, you can help stop and prevent discrimination.

Work Share Oregon

Employers are encouraged to check into Work Share Oregon, which can support businesses and workers to avoid mass layoffs and lost wages and benefits in times like these. Work Share can be reached at 800-436-6191 or email: oed_workshare@oregon.gov.

Small Business Advocacy

Businesses without employees or with fewer than 100 employees can contact the Office of Small Business Assistance via email at business.sos@oregon.gov or by calling toll free 1-844-469-5512.

2020 Session Adjourns

The 2020 Oregon Legislature has officially adjourned as of midnight last night. All bills not advanced to the Governor’s desk are officially dead. According to bill tracking reports, of the 258 bills introduced in the 2020 Session, only three made it that far….increasing the cultural trust registration license plates, requiring the Dept. of Ed to create a form for schools to use after a concussion, and settling a Happy Valley annexation dispute.

You can view the impassioned closing day speeches delivered by Speaker Tina Kotek here and Senate President Peter Courtney here and a joint press conference here. Along with Republican House Leader here and Senate Republican Leader here statements.

Immediate Crisis Funding

This morning, the Interim Joint Emergency Board (E-Board) will be convening to address “Oregon Crisis Funding.” The emergency funding will go towards various agencies in response to critical needs for flood damage, coronavirus response, and emergency preparedness. The E-Board has an estimated $75M to spend (set aside from the 2019 Legislative Session). The package to be considered totals $24.350M. Highlights include:

  • Eastern OR Flooding Package:
    • $7.5M for Umatilla County Flood Victims
    • 1.8M for City of Pendleton levee repairs
    • $1.5M Business Clean-up/Restoration for Eastern OR Flooding
    • $500,000 to Blue Mountain Foundation for additional housing rehab
    • $350,000 for City of Milton-Freewater to defray flood clean-up costs
  • Coronavirus COVID-19 & Emergency Preparedness:
    • $5M for emergency response (will match with $8.5B of federal funding nationwide for coronavirus response)
    • $2.7M all hazard emergency preparedness and response

In addition to the above, the package also contains $5 Million for regulatory implementation of Cap & Trade:

“Allocate $5,000,000 from the Emergency Fund to the Department of Environmental Quality to be used for rulemaking and other actions with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all emissions sources, including point sources, natural gas emissions and transportation fuels. To potentially implement these activities, the Emergency Board authorizes the establishment of ten permanent positions for the Department.”

Where do we go from here?

In their Joint Press Conference, Democratic Legislative Leadership made it clear that a Special Session would include more than just the budget bills. Governor Brown issued a similar statement “I am open to calling a special session if we can ensure it will benefit Oregonians. However, until legislative leaders bring me a plan for a functioning session I’m not going to waste taxpayer dollars on calling them back to the State Capitol.”

That means budget AND policy bills left on the table in 2020 could be reintroduced and worked during a Special Session. There is no deadline for a Special Session. We are told this could happen within 30-days or late-April to mid-May. The fiscal year for the State ends June 30th.

The Governor has also stated she will issue Executive Orders in the coming days directing State Agencies to implement various elements of a Cap & Trade type proposal. There are certain limitations without a policy bill from the Legislature. Read more here.

Tuesday is Oregon’s filing day! We will continue to keep you updated on race matchups, interim legislative activity and of course the Special Session! An “End of Session” report will also follow.


Senator Ginny Burdick announced last week that she will step down as the Senate Majority Leader, a position she has held since 2015. Senator Burdick has served in the Senate for 24 years and is running again this election cycle. Read more here.

A recall effort was launched last week in Hood River County against Senator Chuck Thomsen. Petitioners sited Senator Thomsen’s participation in the Senate Republican walkout as a driving factor in their recall effort. 9,025 valid signatures must be submitted to the Secretary of State by June 2 in order for a recall election to occur. Senator Thomsen has represented Senate District 26 since 2010. Read more here.

Special Update

View a message from OWGL President, Clint Carlson along with important session updates via our e-blast.

Session Report; Feb 28

Oregon Wheat Growers League Session Report: Week 4

Today marks ‘Day 5’ of the Republican walk-out/hold out. With Republicans withholding quorum in the House and Senate the Floor activity has come to a standstill. However, Committees continued to meet this week advancing budget bills and a handful of policy bills that were in Rules or Finance Committees. This Committee work is likely wrapped up by early next week as all bills reach their “holding” place on the 2nd Reading list of the House or Senate.

It remains unclear if negotiations will be reached to trigger a return in advance of the March 8th Constitutional Sine Die. House Democrats on Thursday announced a rare procedural move to subpoena House Republicans as witnesses, though it is unclear if the State Constitution allows these to be enforced against members while the Legislative Session is convened. In the news: Oregon House Democrats To Subpoena Absent Republicans.

IN THE NEWS: - Oregon House Democrats vote to subpoena missing Republicans - Oregon Republican walkout over climate cap-and-trade bill continues for a fourth day
- Senator Shemia Fagan (D-Portland) announced her intent to enter the Democrat primary race for Secretary of State this week. Largely seen as filing the “progressive” void left in the primary race after Rep. Jennifer Williamson withdrew. She is mid-term and does not forfeit her Senate seat unless she voluntarily resigns. State Sen. Shemia Fagan Enters Oregon Secretary Of State Race

- Governor Brown announced this week a $1.8 million loan to the City of Pendleton for them to begin working on repairs to the Pendleton levee. The loan is a part of the $11.65 million recovery package proposal announced earlier this month and will be managed by Business Oregon as a no-interest, medium-term loan with no repayment expectations. Governor Kate Brown Announces Stopgap Funding for Pendleton Levee Repair

Bill Deadlines:

Feb. 7th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 1st Chamber Bills

Feb. 13th – Bills must move out of 1st Chamber Committee

Feb. 20th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 2nd Chamber Bills

Feb. 25th – Bills must move out of 2nd Chamber Committee

March 8th – Constitutional Sine Die

*As a reminder, the above deadlines do not apply to Rules, Revenue or Ways & Means Committees.

Issue Updates:


SB 1530AThe Senate bill has passed out of the Ways and Means Committee and is awaiting a 2nd Reading on the Senate Floor (this Committee vote is what triggered the Senate Republican walkout).

HB 4167This is the House version of SB 1530A. The bill passed out of the Natural Resources Subcommittee this week (without Republican presence) with the -24 Amendment (which contains the general fund allocations) and sent to the Full Ways and Means Committee.

The new bills that were introduced by House Democrat Leadership were given bill numbers, but were not able to be 1st read (officially introduced) due to the lack of a quorum on the floor for House Business:

HB 4169Relating to hazardous substances; providing that this Act shall be referred to the people for their approval or rejection. Lowers benchmark for excess lifetime cancer risk level for existing air contamination sources from 50 in one million to 25 in one million

HB 4170Requires 100 percent of electricity sold in this state to retail electricity consumers in calendar year 2045 and subsequent calendar years to be electricity generated utilizing eligible renewable and carbon-free energy resources.

HB 4171Relating to greenhouse gas emissions; providing that this Act shall be referred to the people for their approval or rejection. Modifies statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

HB 4172Creates joint legislative committee to prepare ballot title and explanatory statement for certain measures referred to people for approval or rejection.

HB 4173Repeals greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

HJR 204Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution authorizing Legislative Assembly to use 50 percent of certain revenues from levies related to motor vehicle fuel and motor vehicles for any purposes provided by law.


HB 4109 – Chlorpyrifos Ban

The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee continued the public hearing from last Friday this week and voted to move the bill out of committee – without republican members. The committee heard from six individuals opposed to the bill including representatives from Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Nursery Association and Oregon Seed Council and two in support of the bill before opening a work session. With the republican members being absent, there was no motion to adopt the -5 amendment put forward by OFB and OFS and the committee voted solely on the base bill.

STATUS: Passed unanimously out of Senate Environment and Natural Resources; Awaiting 2nd reading on Senate Floor.

HB 4009A – CAT Technical Fix Bill

The House Committee on Revenue advanced an amended version of the technical fix bill for the Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) to the House Floor last week. The amended bill contains various technical provisions as well as specific requests made by the agriculture community. OWGL signed on to a floor letter in support.

STATUS: Awaiting 3rd reading on the House Floor.

HB 4168 – Timber Industry & Environmentalists MOU Bill

This is the vehicle to carry out the MOU between the timber industry and environmentalist that was signed earlier this month. The bill includes new notification requirements for pesticide applicators, requirements for ODF, new and increased buffer zones for forestry pesticide application, and new reporting requirements. View MOU in its entiretyhere.

STATUS: Passed out of Ways and Means unanimously; Awaiting 2nd reading on House Floor.

HB 4091 – Sage Grouse Mitigation in Lieu Fee Fund

Championed by Rep. Barreto and Sen. Findley the bill passed unanimously from the House earlier this week and quickly received a public hearing and work session in the Senate where it also passed unanimously.

STATUS: Awaiting 3rd reading on the Senate Floor.

HB 4155 – Ditch Program Technical Fix

The bill is a true technical fix to HB 2437 (2019) to allow state agencies to implement the ditch program in Oregon regionally over the next five years instead of all at once. It passed the House Floor and Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources unanimously.

STATUS: Awaiting 3rd reading on the Senate Floor.

HB 4014 A– Omnibus Relating to Land Use Bill

After the Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee adopted an omnibus amendmentlast week. The bill now contains three main parts (1) authorizes rural ADUs (2) directs DEQ to report on radioactive waste disposal in Arlington, OR (3) Exempts dog training facilities from state structural code.

STATUS: Awaiting 2nd reading on the Senate Floor.


Informational Hearing in the House Committee on Water

Having concluded their work for the session, Chair Helm invited the Governor’s office and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to present an update on Oregon’s 100 Year Water Vision. View the informational hearings here and here.

Meeting materials:

HB 4071A – Harmful Algae Blooms

This bill provides funding to DEQ to purchase a machine and hire staff to analyze harmful algae blooms. It also makes the machine available to universities for research activities when it is not being used by DEQ. The bill did not receive any action this week.

STATUS: Awaiting release to a Subcommittee on Ways and Means.

SB 1511 – Voluntary Projects for Stream Restoration

Promotes voluntary stream restoration efforts (beaver dams) by private landowners in Eastern Oregon. It is supported by AOC, OFB, Cattlemen’s Association and Silvies Valley Ranch.

STATUS: Awaiting 2nd reading on the House Floor.


Last week all four wildfire bills SB 1514, SB 1515, SB 1516 and SB 1536 remained stagnant waiting to be scheduled in Ways and Means. As of now, it looks like the Governor’s omnibus bill (SB 1536) will be the only one to move forward this session.

SB 1536A: Governor Brown’s Omnibus Fire Bill

This omnibus wildfire prevention and recovery bill received its final amendment in the Subcommittee on Capital Construction today. The bill contains a variety of components including: (1) requires electric companies and consumer owned utilities to have and operate in compliance with a risk-based wildfire protection plan (2) requires the PUC to convene workshops regarding fire risk (3) requires ODF to oversee the development and maintenance of a statewide map of wildfire risk at the property-ownership level and to establish up to 15 wildfire reduction projects on either public or private forestlands by the end of the 2019-21 biennium. Lastly the bill requires DLCD to form a Land Use and Wildfire Policy Advisory Committee.

STATUS: Passed unanimously out of Ways and Means Subcommittee on Capital Construction with a do pass recommendation; Awaiting further action in Full Ways and Means.

Informational Hearing in Senate Wildfire Prevention and Recovery

The committee held an informational hearing this week on Collaboration & Partnership with the Federal Government. The committee heard from representatives from the USFS Pacific Northwest Region, Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Forestry. View meeting materials below and watch the committee here.


HB 4072ODA Hemp State Program

Requires ODA to administer the Oregon Hemp State Program and ensures that the program meets the requirements of the 2018 farm bill.

STATUS: Passed unanimously out of the Full Ways and Means (13 – 0 – 8); Awaiting 2rd reading on House Floor.

HB 4051A– Oregon Hemp Commodity Commission

Establishes the commission and states that it will be monitored by the Department of Agriculture. The commission will be tasked with researching best farm practices and will collaborate with OSU’s global hemp innovation center.

STATUS: Passed Senate Committee on General Government and Emergency Preparedness (4 – 1: Sen. Boquist voted no). Awaiting 2nd reading on Senate Floor.

HB 4072ODA Hemp State Program

Requires ODA to administer the Oregon Hemp State Program and ensures that the program meets the requirements of the 2018 farm bill.

STATUS: Passed unanimously out of the Full Ways and Means (13 – 0 – 8); Awaiting 2rd reading on House Floor.


HB 4087 - Wage Security Fund

The bill was amended in the Subcommittee. The -A7 Amendment removes all technical assistance sections of the bill.

STATUS: Advanced out of Ways and Means. Awaiting 2nd Reading House Floor

HB 4107 – Prohibition on Cash

After days of negotiations, the Senate Rules Committee released their own amendment this week, the A22 Amendment. As drafted, the amendment restores all previous exemptions lost in the Minority Report, adds exemptions for bank and securities, and removes the Private Right of Action. The amendment goes further and removes the enhanced civil penalties on the table in previous amendments, and restores the base BOLI penalty of $1,000, if pursued by the Commissioner.

STATUS: Bill moved out of the Senate Rules Committee with the -22 Amendments; Awaiting 2nd Reading on Senate Floor

Metro Income & Business Tax

Tuesday the Metro Council approved sending to voters a measure that would apply a 1% personal income tax on high income tax earners that live within the Metro boundaries and a 1% business tax on profits. The measure would be placed before voters on the May 19, 2020 ballot. The proceeds from the taxes, estimated to raise $250M a year, would go towards homeless services in the Metro area. $169M is estimated to be raised from the personal income tax and $79M from the business profits tax.

Here are the specifics of the proposal:

  • New taxes would take effect January 1, 2021
  • Personal Income Tax:
    • Applies to every resident of the Metro district AND every nonresident that earns an income that is “derived from sources within the district”
    • 1% on the entire taxable income over $200,000 if filing jointly and $125,000 if filing singly
  • Business Profits Tax:
    • 1% tax on each “person[1]” doing business within Metro if the gross receipts from all business income (both within and without Metro) is over $5M
    • Exhibit A clarifies this is a 1% tax on the net income of each person doing business within Metro.
      • It is unclear if this is the entire worldwide profits?
    • Businesses with less than $5M in gross receipts are exempt
  • Taxes sunset in 10-years – Dec. 31, 2030

View ballot measure here. Great blog post outlining effort: A Double Dose of Double Taxation for Metro's Regional Income Taxes

Session Report; Feb. 22

With just over two weeks left of the “Short Session,” it has been an intense week that was kicked off by the first boycott of the Session by House Republicans Tuesday evening. House Republicans refused to participate in an evening Floor Session calling on House Democrats “to slow down the pace of session and allow time to fully vet legislation ...”. The Republicans did return to business Wednesday morning. House Leadership has been holding public hearings on Cap & Trade in the House Rules Committee, allowing House members an opportunity to hear the details of the SB 1530 proposal and receive public testimony. Rumors moved fast and changed hourly about when and if the Senate Republicans would leave the building…and if it would be for good. The week ended with a late Friday night hearing where the House Rules Committee moved an identical version of the Senate Cap & Trade bill out of Committee on a party line vote along with the controversial gun storage bill…. setting up intense dynamics for Monday morning!

In the news:

Oregon House Republicans A No-Show At Evening Session

Prospects for Oregon Senate Republican walkout over climate bill is unclear

With Oregon Republicans Ready To Walk Out, Gov. Brown Tries To Bargain

Bill Deadlines:

Feb. 7th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 1st Chamber Bills: DONE

Feb. 13th – Bills must move out of 1st Chamber Committee: DONE

Feb. 20th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 2nd Chamber Bills: DONE

Feb. 25th – Bills must move out of 2nd Chamber Committee

*As a reminder, the above deadlines do not apply to Rules, Revenue or Ways & Means Committees.

View Complete Report

Session Report; Feb. 17

The Oregon Legislature has wrapped up Week 2 and passed the first major bill posting deadline on Thursday. This posting-deadline will dramatically narrow the amount of bills still in play. Below is a brief summary of bills we are monitoring.

Bill Deadlines:

Feb. 7th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 1st Chamber Bills DONE

Feb. 13th – Bills must move out of 1st Chamber Committee DONE

Feb. 20th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 2nd Chamber Bills

Feb. 25th – Bills must move out of 2nd Chamber Committee

*As a reminder, the above deadlines do not apply to Rules, Revenue or Ways & Means Committees.

Issue Updates:

SB 1530 ­– Main Cap and Trade Vehicle

This bill remains the primary vehicle for the Cap & Trade discussion in 2020. This week, a 177-page amendment (-35s) was posted the evening before the bill was scheduled for a vote in the Senate Environment and Natural Resource Committee. View a summary of the amendment here from Chair Dembrow.

The late-night amendment created even more tension between Democrats and Republicans in the building. Senate Republicans took to social media calling the last-minute amendment a conspiracy and objecting to lack of time given to digest the changes. However, Senate Democrats plowed ahead and after robust discussion in the committee the -35 amendment was adopted and the bill passed out of committee on a party line vote, 3-2.

The bill now goes to the Joint Ways and Means Committee where it has already been scheduled in the Natural Resources Subcommittee and a Work Session in the Full Ways and Means Committee for Wednesday at 11AM. The potential for a Senate Republican walkout before the bill gets to the Senate Floor still remains high – if they choose to deny quorum, we anticipate they will leave mid-late next week.

In the News:

Session Report; Feb. 1

The Oregon Legislature officially convenes Monday, Feb. 3rd for a 35-day Session. This past week has been a whirlwind of final fundraisers (all fundraising shuts down for Session) and bill review of the 256 bills pre-session filed. Committees will begin meeting Monday afternoon and evening after ceremonial activities. As a reminder, the Oregon deadlines are fast and hard and will require Policy Chairs to post Work Sessions Friday, Feb. 7th.

Our team will provide weekly updates and bill trackers. Don’t hesitate to reach out during the week but please know that our days will be running from 7AM – 8PM (evening Committees Tuesday and Thursdays) so our email response time will be delayed.

Bill Deadlines:

Feb. 7th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 1st Chamber Bills
Feb. 13th – Bills must move out of 1st Chamber Committee
Feb. 20th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 2nd Chamber Bills
Feb. 25th – Bills must move out of 2nd Chamber Committee

*As a reminder, the above deadlines do not apply to Rules, Revenue or Ways & Means Committees.


OWGL Interim Legislative Update – January 2020

This week the Legislature convened for their final batch of Interim Committee Days before the 2020 Session. These days provided the final opportunity to hold informational hearings and presentations on Committee bills in advance of the 2020 Session which begins officially February 3rd. Below are brief highlights from the hearings this week along with links to bill drafts released early. All bills are required to be filed by January 17, 2020 and expected to be released publicly the week of January 27th. We will share your initial bill tracker as soon as those bills load so you can review and priorities accordingly!

Dates of Interest

Feb. 3rd – Mar. 8th – 2020 Legislative Session

2020 Session Deadlines*:

Feb. 7th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 1st Chamber Bills
Feb. 13th – Bills must move out of 1st Chamber Committee
Feb. 20th – Work Sessions must be scheduled for 2nd Chamber Bills
Feb. 25th – Bills must move out of 2nd Chamber Committee
March 10th Candidate Filing Deadline

*As a reminder, the above deadlines do not apply to Rules, Revenue or Ways & Means Committees.

House & Senate Business Committees – Labor Bills

Cash Free Bill - The House Committee on Business and Labor heard from Rep. Bynum-D and UFCW on LC 175, drafted as a public accommodation bill, which prohibits discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles and discrimination based on cash payment. Among other items, the bill would prohibit a place open to the public from refusing to accept cash, from making a restriction or discrimination (think incentive) for someone using cash. The bill exempts farmers markets and roadside stands, mobile food and beverage units, certain airport businesses, certain lodging and rental agreements (housing and car), gas stations and all retail transactions that occur entirely over the phone, mail or online. The bill provides a BOLI complaint and private right of action. The Committee also heard from AFL-CIO on LC 180 which revises current law and eligibility of unemployment benefits for workers in a labor dispute making workers eligible for benefits when striking. BOLI Commissioner Val Hoyle-D joined the Committee with Rep. Julie Fahey-D to present on LC 81, which shifts current fee funds from wage and hour violations in the Wage Security Fund to claimants of earned but unpaid wages and BOLI technical assistance.

The Senate Labor & Business Committee heard invited testimony on the 3 committee bills which include the work group product charged with reviewing and possibly applying a prevailing wage mandate to private projects in certain enterprise zones. The proposed bill does not include a prevailing wage mandate and rather focuses on data collection, notice and outreach efforts. View LC 73 here. The Committee also heard from AFL-CIO on LC 75 which proposes changes to Oregon’s non-compete law. Specifically, LC 75: (1) shifts the burden for non-compliance/enforcement to employer (agreement becomes void not voidable); (2) replaces current salary threshold (currently tied to the median family income for a family of four per the US Census Bureau = approximately $90,748) to $97,311 adjusted annually for inflation and (3) reduces the term of a valid agreement from 18-months to 6-months.

Senate Environment Committee – Cap & Trade

The Senate Environment Committee received the long-awaited public unveiling of the 2020 Cap and Trade proposal. The revised concept is a product of interim negotiations and discussions with stakeholders but has yet to win any support from Republicans. However, the revised bill appears to have garnered the likely support of a key Democrat, Sen. Arnie Roblan-D from Coos Bay. Roblan was one of the two potential “16th” vote needed to pass the proposal off the Senate Floor. His support could clear the way for passage if the bill reaches the Senate Floor. Sen. Dembrow, Chair of the Committee and an author of the bill, said “The goal was to get a bill that can pass this session.” Proponents are not thrilled with the modifications, causing Climate Solutions to say the new proposal is “a major over correction to accommodate industry push back” going as far as to say they let industry “off the hook.”

The Committee heard a brief overview of the new 156-page LC 19. View a summary of the new proposal here. The Committee heard invited testimony from the transportation, trade and natural gas sector along with environmental advocates and labor proponents. NW Natural testified in support of the new bill. Timber Unity immediately took to social media saying “If this new proposal becomes law, Oregonians will see higher gas prices, higher utility bills and fewer jobs in key industries. It's a bad deal for working families in our state”.

Key modifications to the new proposal:

  • Regional phase in for fuel providers:
    • 2022 – Portland Metro area (approx. 21% of diesel and 38% of gasoline)
    • 2025 – Cities with vehicle-fuel deliveries of 10 million or more gallons (approx. 84% of diesel and 87% of gasoline)
    • Remaining cities not regulated until at least 19 counties decide to voluntarily participate in the program*
      • *Moneys collected would flow to counties regulated. 20% of the funds would be eligible for transportation projects statewide.
  • Exempts a manufacturers natural gas emissions – essentially credits for those emissions free of cost to supplier (this reduces the number of manufacturing facilities regulated under the new law from approximately 30 to 11)
  • Other partial exemptions for food processing and pulp & paper manufacturers
  • Dedicates portion of money from sales of emissions credits to wildfire prevention and suppression
  • No longer creates new state agency – now managed under DEQ in new Office of Greenhouse Gas Regulation

In the news:

Oregon Democrats publicly unveil new climate change legislation; still face significant opposition
Revamped cap and trade wins support of key Oregon Democrat
Revised Climate Change Bill Creates New Battle Lines For 2020 Session
Oregon Senate Republican Leader: 'Nothing Is Off The Table' In Climate Fight
Oregon Senate Republican leader still opposes revamped climate policy; looking for a referral to voters

House & Senate Revenue Committee – “CAT Fix”

The Corporate Activity Fix bill was introduced in the House Revenue Committee as LC 249. Staff noted this is the “technical fix” bill for the corporate activity passed in 2019. The current draft only contains 5 provisions: (1) clarification around one-time registration for registrants (not annually); (2) assigning returns and allowances to specific tax year; (3) fix for how to apportion the 35% allowed subtraction; (4) addressing penalties for quarterly filings and (5) addressing small vehicle dealers outside the State and subject to use tax. Chair Nathanson commented that the Committee may expect “another technical fix or two.” Senate Chair Mark Hass reiterated the desire for this bill to contain technical fixes only and that the bill will contain fixes that are revenue neutral and non-controversial.

The Revenue Committee also heard LC 250 which disconnects Oregon from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 effective Jan 1, 2020 and requires LRO to put together a study and consult with stakeholder groups about a potential partial reconnection in the future.

House Agriculture and Land Use

The House Agriculture and Land Use committee held an informational hearing on the Eastern Oregon Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) completed by Department of Land Conservation and Development. Findings from the 27 completed EOAs showed an increase of 3,755 jobs across all industries in the next 20 years. DLCDs next step is to begin targeted work to implement strategies with other agencies and local partners and pursue additional infrastructure and modernization projects.

House Water Committee

The House Committee on Water invited the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, ODFW, DEQ and Oregon Water Resources to present an overview on water data. Following the overview, the National Policy Consensus Center, Ford Family Foundation, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and the High Desert Partnership discussed their experiences in place-based water planning and processes for engaging reluctant stakeholders. To conclude the meeting, ODA presented an overview on Oregon’s unique agricultural water quality program with a focus on ODA’s on the ground compliance work with Oregon’s agriculture community. To end the committee, Chair Helm introduced three committee bills: On-site Septic System Financing (LC 34) – provides funding to DEQ to provide grants for developing and administering low-interest loans for the repair, replacement, upgrade or evaluation of on-site systems; Harmful Algal Blooms (LC 178) – Directs DEQ to collect water samples and analyze them for cyanotoxins; and Measurement and Reporting of Water Use (LC 205) – declares water use data fundamental to water management, distribution, and planning for future water needs.

Senate Wildfire Prevention and Recovery

Four committee bills were introduced in the Senate Wildfire Prevention and Recovery Committee this week. LC 266The Wildfire Workforce Foundation bill requires the Office of the State Treasurer to research the creation of the Wildfire Workforce Foundation and report back to the legislature in September 2020. Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission was invited to present at the public hearing to discuss existing workforce programs that assist with forest health and fire mitigation such as the AmeriCorps and Oregon Youth Core. NW Youth Corps also presented on their wildfire mitigation and forest lands work. The theme of public and private partnerships was consistent throughout both testimonies. Following the informational hearing, Senator Baertschiger introduced the Oregon Department of Forestry Modernization concept (LC 267). The concept creates a program for periodic review and modernization of the state forest department. It also contains an appropriation for additional FTEs, technology and equipment. Sen. Baertschiger noted that the current draft needs additional work. LC 225Integrated Demonstration Projects was the third committee bill introduced. The concept requires the use of science-based wildfire risk reduction on forests and rangelands. Risk reduction activities Include thinning, prescribed fire and creating larger defensible space. Chair Golden noted that this is the first step to the Governor’s much larger omnibus wildfire response proposal. Proposed amendments to the current draft are available here. The committee also discussed (LC 83) a broad omnibus wildfire response concept to be introduced by the Governor. The concept as drafted lays out series of state investments in wildfire mitigation, suppression and adaptation that were recommended by the wildfire council. View the presentation on the concept from the Governor’s office here.

House Natural Resources – Dam Safety Update and Natural Resource Bills

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) presented a Dam Safety Update to the House Natural Resources Committee. According to the report, Oregon currently has 75 high hazard dams, 151 significant hazard dams and 728 low hazard dams. OWRD expressed the need for additional investments from the legislature and noted LC 96, Governor Brown’s resiliency bill, which as drafted includes $2 million in dam safety funding and creates a Dam Safety Task Force. The committee also introduced three committee bills: Residency requirements for wildlife licenses, tags & permits (LC 129) which defining “residency” as someone who has resided in Oregon for a minimum of six months; Dog licensure and rabies vaccination (LC 139); and LC 169 a placeholder bill intended to be used for wildfire legislation.

House Agriculture and Land Use

The House Agriculture Committee introduced three legislative concepts this week. LC 158 establishes the Oregon Hemp Commission; LC 72 is being reintroduced this session at the request of Marion County, the concept Establishes eligibility for renewable energy certificates for facilities that generate electricity from direct combustion of municipal solid waste; and LC 101 a placeholder bill “relating to the use of land”. The committee also held an informational hearing on the Eastern Oregon Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOEOA) completed by Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) as a part of HB 5201 from 2018. Findings from the 27 completed EOAs showed an increase of 3,755 jobs across all industries in the next 20 years. DLCDs will now begin targeted work to implement strategies with other agencies and local partners and pursue additional infrastructure and modernization projects.


New Representative for House District 36 Appointment

Multnomah County Commissioners unanimously appointed Akasha Lawrence-Spence to serve the remainder of former Rep. Jennifer Williamson’s term in the House of Representatives. Akasha is the founder and principal designer of Fifth Element, a conscientious real estate development firm fortifying small businesses through commercial property ownership. The Commission agreed to select an individual who would not pursue the seat in the May 2020 Primary meaning Akasha will not run as an incumbent, leaving the seat “open”. Read more here.

Additional Retirements in the House

Yesterday, Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland) announced that she will not run for election in 2020. Since first elected in 2001, Rep. Keny-Guyer has been a long-time champion for affordable housing, supporting children and vulnerable populations. Read more here. Representative Margaret Doherty (D- Tigard) announced her retirement from the legislature earlier this month. As longtime Chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Doherty has been a fierce leader in public education reform. So far, two candidates have filed to run for the seat in 2020. Read more here.

SOS rejects two proposed environmental ballot measures

Secretary of State Bev Clarno rejected two proposed ballot measures that would have forced Oregon to transition to carbon-free sources of electricity in the next 25 years. Her rejection of the proposals creates a second conflict with environmental groups. In the news.

OWGL Interim Legislative Update – December 2019

As your final client report of the 2019 year, we have included updates from the November interim committee days, policy issue updates of interest and a brief summary of all the political news of note! Thank you for another great year and our team looks forward to working with you in new year! Please note our office will be closed 12/23 – 1/5 with staff periodically checking email in the coming week. We hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!

Amanda, Sabrina, Nicole & Shelley

2020 Dates of Interest
Jan. 13th Bill Drafts Returned
Jan. 13th – Jan. 15th Interim Days
Jan. 17th Bill Drafts Filed for 2020
Feb. 3rd – March 8th February 2020 Session


Corporate Activity Tax Rulemaking

The Oregon Department of Revenue has released draft rules implementing the Corporate Activity Tax. These rules are meant to be temporary in nature and will be replaced by permanent rules to be more fully discussed and debated over a 3-month period from January to March 2020. The permanent rules must be adopted by June 2020. The eight drafts posted on the agency’s website this week address:

Please share any comments or concerns on the draft rules. As a reminder, the new tax is on businesses with taxable commercial activity in excess of $1 million in Oregon receipts. The tax is $250 plus 0.57% of gross receipts greater than $1 million after subtractions. FAQ document here.

ODA Chlorpyrifos Advisory Committee

The OR Dept. of Ag. has convened a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations on the future use of Chlorpyrifos. The first meeting is December 17th. This process is expected to delay or pause legislative efforts to ban the process as the Department conducts their own product review. View agenda and draft workplan. View ODA Press Statement announcing advisory committee here.

Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Advisory Committee (PSP)

The Dept. of Ag’s PSP continues to meet with an updated charge of revising their strategic plan. Committee members include OFS, Farm Bureau, OFIC and Beyond Toxics, OR Enviornmental and Council. The next meeting is January 16th.

Prevailing Wage Workgroup

Sen. Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Senate Workforce Committee has convened an interim workgroup to discuss prevailing wage for private projects in enterprise zones. Workgroup participants include Sen. Bill Hansell-R, Rep. Julie Fahey-D and Rep. Shelly Boshart-Davis-R along with representatives from labor, industry, county and city government. The group has been meeting weekly. Efforts to pass legislation which would have required prevailing wage on private projects over $20M were defeated in 2019 with HB 2408. Early proposals would have dramatically impacted renewable and data center projects across Oregon and would have required prevailing wage on certain private construction projects receiving tax abatements. The most recent discussions do not include a prevailing wage mandate (which has been tabled till 2021 after labor opposed an offer to allow prevailing wage as a local opt-in option for local governments) and instead is focusing on reporting and data requirements for property tax abatement applicants, state agencies, and local sponsors. View the most recent framework here.We expect edits to Sections 1-3 as a result of the final meeting – with the most substantial changes occurring in Section 3. A final framework will be available mid-December.

Paid Family & Medical Leave Advisory Committee

The OR Employment Department has appointed the Paid Family & Medical Leave Advisory Committee. We are excited to announce we will have a seat at that table, representing our employer clients over the next two years as the Advisory Committee addresses the implementation, rulemaking and administration of the new family and medical leave insurance program. The Advisory Committee is comprised of four members representing workers, four members representing employers, with at least one of those representing an employer with fewer than 25 employees and is chaired by the Employment Department. View press release here. The first meeting of the Advisory Group will be December 19th.

Important dates to keep in mind:

Paid Family & Medical Leave – Implementation Dates

Rulemaking required prior to September 1, 2021

Employers begin collecting premiums January 1, 2022

Employees may access paid leave beginning January 1, 2023

Private Right of Action delayed until January 1, 2025

Interim Committee Days

The Legislature convened November 18th – 20th. Below are a few hearings of interest:

Adoption of the Adequacy of Public Education Funding Report

The Joint Committee on Public Education met briefly to review and adopt the state report on Adequacy of Public Education Funding. According to the report, the recent $2 billion investment from the Student Success Act will significantly narrow the funding gap, but Oregon will still have insufficient funds to meet the recommended funding level of the QEC. Notably, the majority of the new funding ($643 million) went to ODE’s K-12 Grant-in-Aid and Early Learning Grant-in-Aid budgets. View the full list of programs and grants funded by the Student Success Act here.

Recommendations from the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response

The Senate Committee on Wildfire Prevention and Recovery received recommendations for action from the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response. The Council brought forward 36 recommendations separated into four main goals:

  • Create fire-adapted communities
  • Restore and maintain resilient landscapes
  • Respond safely and effectively to wildfire
  • Cross-functional support system

The Council also recommended adding 100 staffing positions at various agencies and an initial $20 million investment in non-staffing related costs. View details of the recommendations here.

Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act

The House Committee on Natural Resources heard invited testimony from landowners, environmentalist, and agency representatives on the proposed regulatory changes to the endangered species act – specifically sections 4 and 7. Landowners were well represented by Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and Freeborn Family Farms who unanimously supported the proposed changes. While environmentalist expressed concern that the proposals would significantly weaken the endangered species act.

Measure 49 Update

The Department of Land Conservation and Development updated the House Committee on Agriculture and Resources on Measure 49 claims. The majority of authorized new parcel claims are in the Metro and Willamette Valley – 62% are located on farm land and 16% on forest land. Committee members were concerned over the apparent lack of landowner interest in Measure 49, Chair Clem mention the need to revisit this conversation at a future date to discuss possible incentives.

Cap and Trade 2.0

Climate legislation continues to be at the forefront of Democrat leadership’s agenda for 2020. We anticipate several versions of the 2019 Cap and Trade bill (HB 2020) to be brought forward in 2020, including proposals from the House and Senate, as well as one from the Governor’s office. If the legislature fails to pass Cap and Trade in 2020, proponents have threatened more aggressive ballot measures on the 2020 November ballot. Three ballot initiatives were filed earlier this month and assigned the below draft titles from the Secretary of State:

  • IP 48 – All retail electricity sales must come from renewable/ “carbon-free” (undefined) energy sources by 2045.
  • IP 49 – Mandates renewable energy sources for all retail electricity by 2045, investments to reduce greenhouse gasses.
  • IP 50 – Oregon greenhouse gas emissions must be eliminated by 2050; creates regulatory authority to ensure reductions.

Joint Taskforce on Supporting Businesses in Reducing Diesel Emissions

The Taskforce (TF) met this month to discuss different types of fuel and fueling technology currently available to reduce diesel emissions. TF members heard from four panels on options for reducing diesel emissions, retrofit technology, technology replacement options, and alternative fuels. Notably, each panelist mentioned the importance of financial incentives and the need for approaches to be flexible and adaptable. Representatives from Renewable Energy Group and NW Natural discussed the benefits and costs of alternative fuels. Electric vehicles were included on the agenda as a discussion topic, but no discussion occurred. The next TF meeting is scheduled for December 19th.

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Recall Effort Against Democrat Tiffany Mitchell Fails

Timber Unity, a grassroots organization, failed to collect the required 4,883 valid signatures to force a recall election against North Coast Democrat, Tiffany Mitchell. The recall effort came as a result of Rep. Mitchells support of Cap and Trade and the Corporate Activity Tax during the 2019 session. Members of Timber Unity say they will now shift their focus to recruiting candidates to run against Mitchell in the 2020 election. In the news.

Knute Buehler Announces Bid for 2nd Congressional District

Knute Buehler has announced he will run for the 2nd Congressional district currently held by Congressman Greg Walden-R. This sets up a hotly contested Republican primary race between Buehler, Sen. Cliff Bentz and former State Senator Jason Atkinson. Candidates have until March to file so additional contenders could still announce. A viable Democrat has not filed to-date. In the news here and here.

Ballot Measure to Reform Oregon’s Redistricting Process Filed

A newly formed coalition, People Not Politicians, filed three possible ballot measures to reform Oregon’s redistricting process. One measure would reform congressional redistricting, the second would reform state legislative redistricting, and the third combines both congressional and legislative proposals. As drafted, the measures would amend the constitution to change how district boundaries are drawn – taking the power away from current elected officials and putting it into the hands of a 12-person commission. The measure also requires the commission to use transparent and objective criteria to draw boundary lines. View the full text here.

Forestry and Environmental Ballot Measures

The timber industry has filed three “pro-forestry” pro-active ballot measures this month. The measures would require additional members to serve on the state Board of Forestry who have a background in forestry, amend the constitution to require the state to compensate land owners for any value taken from their land as a result of new laws/regulations, and would require the forestry board use non-biased and peer reviewed science to craft with consensus policies. View text of each ballot initiative below:

Oregon Democratic Primary will be closed

The Democratic Party of Oregon elected to keep their primaries “closed” in the upcoming election cycle, rejecting calls from some grassroots party leaders to allow non-affiliated voters to participate in the party’s nomination process. The Oregon Republican Party has also rejected similar efforts to “open” the party’s primaries in recent years. Despite the position held by Oregon’s two largest political parties, a significant majority of the rest of U.S. states have embraced open primaries in varying forms.

Legislature to See at Least 16 Open Seats in 2020

At least 16 of the 90 legislative seats have already seen retirement announcements leading up to the 2020 election. Read more about the other retirements here,and below:

Two legislators from Coos Bay will not seek reelection in 2020

Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Representative Cady McKeown (D-Coos Bay) announced that they will not seek reelection in 2020 within hours of each other this month. Both legislators are known for being moderate and have each served in their current position since 2012. These legislative districts will now be open races in the 2020 election and likely two of the most expensive.

Senator Cliff Bentz Announces Resignation

Senator Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) announced he will resign his Senate seat effective January 1, 2020 prior to the 2020 Legislative Session. He will focus his time and energy on his campaign for Congress. His resignation leaves a huge hole for the Senate Republicans as Sen. Bentz has been their lead on Cap and Trade negotiations since its inception. Lynn Findley, the current Representative for HD 60, has announced his intent to run for the appointment to replace Sen. Bentz, creating musical chairs in the capitol. An appointment process is expected to kick off in early January with hopes the appointments can be complete prior to the start of the 2020 Session.

Representative Carla Piluso-D to Retire in 2020

Representative Carla Piluso (D-Gresham) surprised many when she announced that she will not seek reelection. Read more here. Rep. Piluso served three terms representing House District 50 and ran unopposed in the 2018 election. She was the Co-Chair of the Public Safety SubCommittee. No candidate announcements have been made.

City of Salem Sends Payroll Tax to Voters

Salem City Council voted to send a payroll tax to the May 2020 ballot. The payroll tax would be separated into three tax rates: Minimum wage workers will be taxed at 0%, those making between minimum wage and $15 an hour will be taxed at .266%, and those earning over $15 will be taxes at .39%. If the measure passes, the city plans to tax anyone who works within city limits, regardless whether they live in Salem. Click here to view the city’s payroll tax calculator. According to the City the tax will raise $9.1M a year and pay for public safety services. More here.

Weekly Updates

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