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Personal Income Taxes: Governor’s Budget Proposal Includes Extending Certain Credits and Creating New Working Family Addition Tax Credit

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has released his 2015-2017 budget recommendations, which include proposals to extend various corporate and personal income tax credits and to create a new working family addition tax credit. The Governor recommends…
Portland

Portland expects $19 million surplus next year

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Portland city government expects to have $19 million in additional revenue for the next fiscal year — $4.6 million of ongoing revenue and $14.4 million in one-time revenue. The revenue forecast was released by the City Budget Office on…
Consumer Electronics

Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview

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For technology enthusiasts, Las Vegas is about to get even more wild and crazy. Next week kicks off CES 2015, otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show. Paytm App Download Yes, that show. It's like the mega convention for all things technology. This…
Private Company Growth Isler NW

Private Companies Grew Sales and Profits This Year

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Over the past year, private companies grew sales 8.6 percent and are seeing their highest net profit margin in three years, at 6.6 percent, according to a new report from the financial information company Sageworks. The report found that…
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Charitable Giving Rebounded This Year

The end of the year is traditionally the time when taxpayers rush to get their last-minute charitable contributions made so they can write off the deductions on their taxes before April 15. The trends this year appear to be positive for many…

Oregon unemployment tax rates to decline

Average savings: $63 per employer a year "Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually, the agency said on Friday, November 14, 2014." Unemployment…

Lower gas prices may boost holiday sales and other discretionary spending, state economist says

September, the Oregon average for a gallon of regular gas fell to $3.80, down from its summer high near $4. In October, that price was down to $3.44. As of Nov. 24, the average Oregonian was paying $3.04 for a gallon of regular, resulting in…

Office of Economic Analysis Economic Forecast - Oregon

"The U.S. economic recovery remains intact and may finally be exhibiting signs that growth is picking up as job gains across the country are now on pace to be the strongest since 2000. Oregon's employment growth has accelerated sharply over…

Columbia River Crossing: Feds give Oregon, Washington five additional years to repay $135 million

The federal government has given Oregon and Washington an additional five years to repay more than $135 million in federal highway funds used to pay for pre-construction planning and engineering on the now-scrapped Columbia River Crossing. Oregon…

Pressure eases on PERS costs but impact uncertain

"Local governments are starting to relax when they look at their bills from the Public Employees Retirement System. After five years of steadily climbing costs, PERS is becoming cheaper or at least not much more expensive. Those costs have made…