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GOP Blast Oregon Democrats for Killing Small Business Legislation

Thursday, May 28, 2015


This week, Senate Republicans introduced six new bills to support Oregon's small businesses and working families, all of which were rejected by Senate Democrats in 18-12 party-line votes. 

"We've wasted the first four months of this legislative session on partisan bills that harm small businesses, working families and fixed-income seniors," said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). "This week, Senate Democrats had the opportunity to reach across the aisle and pass common-sense bills to reduce regulations on small businesses, create family wage jobs and increase economic opportunity for all Oregonians. They wasted that opportunity by putting partisanship over the needs of Oregon's families and small businesses."

Among the rejected bills were SB 746, which creates a tax credit for business owners creating new jobs that pay at least 10 percent more than the average wage; two bills, SB 527 and SJR 13, that reduce regulatory agency rule making on small businesses; SB 637, which lowers the property tax on small businesses, working families and fixed-income seniors; SJR 24, a bill to reduce liability costs for small business owners; and SB 795, which requires legislative approval for new fees on small businesses, creating oversight of agency feemaking.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we rely on them to create family-wage jobs across Oregon communities," explained Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend). "These six bills would have provided crucial relief from the growing mountain of fees and regulations small businesses face every day. It's time we reduce the burden on small businesses so they can grow and create new, home-grown Oregon jobs."

All six bills failed on a procedural vote in the Oregon Senate after failing to move out of committee earlier this session.


Related Slideshow: Oregon Business Rankings in US

See how Oregon stacked up against the other states in the U.S.

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Oregon gets a C+ for small business friendliness from Thumbtack, in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.

According to the ranking:

Overall friendliness C+

Ease of starting a business B
Ease of hiring D+
Regulations D
Health & safety D
Employment, labor & hiring D
Tax code D+
Licensing C-
Environmental D
Zoning D+
Training & networking programs B+

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CEO Magazine

CEO magazine was not kind to Oregon.

The state ranked in the bottom ten states at #42.

Oregon get lumped by CEO's as being California like - too much regulation.

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The 2015 rankings puts Oregon in the top 20. Oregon ranks #18 in the United States. 

NY ranks one spot ahead at #17 and Florida ranks after Oregon.

#1 in the United States: Utah

#50 in the United States: Mississippi

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Oregon has been ranked as the 2nd most eco-friendly state in the country, according to a recent study by WalletHub

Oregon ranks eighth in environmental quality and first in Eco-Friendly Behaviors landing them in second overall. 

Oregon is behind Vermont and ahead of New York and Minnesota who land in the third and fourth spots respectively. 

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The Economist

Small Business Friendliness Grade: C+

The Economist grades states on an A+ to F grading scale for its small business climate. Oregon is one of 4 states that earned a "C+"

Overbearing bureaucracy and excessive licensing is stifling small business in America. 

Read More About The Economist Grade Here

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#22 CNBC

CNBC ranks each state in cost of doing business, economy, technology and innovation.

Read More About CNBC Ranking Here

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Wallet Hub

#28 Wallet Hub

Wallet Hub ranks each state in ROI rank, state tax rank, and overall government services.

Read More About Wallet Hub Ranking Here

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#38 Kauffman Foundation

Kauffman Foundation ranks each state in entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial activity generally is highest in Western and Southern states and lowest in Midwestern and Northeastern states.

Read More About Kauffman Ranking Here

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#19 Forbes in 2014

Forbes ranks each state in business costs, economic climate, and growth prospects.

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