Economy

Oregon parents, advocates press lawmakers for more child care funding

BY: - January 12, 2024

A letter from Oregon’s Department of Early Learning and Care upended Natalie Kiyah’s life last spring. Kiyah, at the time a pregnant mother of three young children, had received a stipend through the Employment Related Day Care program to help pay for child care. But her 2022 tax returns showed that her income exceeded the […]

housing, apartment for rent

Washington state lawmakers look to cap rent increases

BY: - January 11, 2024

Washington Democrats in the state Legislature are restarting conversations around rent stabilization with a proposal that would cap rent increases at 5% a year for residential tenants and also place limits on fees charged by landlords. Their bill would also require a six-month notice for large jumps in rent and offer more protections for tenants […]

The health care industry continues to add jobs, in part because of the U.S.’s aging population.

December jobs report: Wages up, hiring steady as job market ends year strong

BY: - January 5, 2024

Friday’s jobs data showed a strong, resilient U.S. labor market with wages outpacing inflation — welcome news for Americans hoping to have more purchasing power in 2024. The December jobs report unveiled another unemployment rate below 4%, as it has for two years, at 3.7%, the same as it was for November. The economy added […]

The amount a salaried worker would need to be paid before an employer could avoid paying overtime would rise to $55,068 annually under a proposed rule from the Department of Labor.

Oregon employers rarely pay penalties for wage theft. The state wants that to change.

BY: - January 2, 2024

For Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, tackling wage theft involves more than just collecting unpaid wages. It also involves deterring wage theft from happening in the first place.  That’s why the bureau may issue penalties to employers who investigators determined have unlawfully denied workers pay.  But actually collecting those penalties has proven difficult for […]

Attendees mingle at a Hispanic Power Lunch with local business leaders at the Consulate de Mexico in Dallas.

More Hispanic families are reaching the middle class

BY: - December 28, 2023

The Hispanic middle class has grown faster than the white or Black middle class in the past decade and has reached near-parity with the white middle class in seven states, according to a new Stateline analysis. Between 2012 and 2022, the percentage of Hispanic households in the country that qualified as middle class grew from […]

A plane comes in for landing at PDX International in Portland.

Oregon lawmakers’ overseas trips funded by lobby groups, Taiwanese government

BY: - December 22, 2023

Oregon lawmakers jetted off to Taiwan, Portugal, Denmark and tech hubs in California this fall, all paid for by companies and groups that have a keen interest in the laws they’ll pass.  These junkets, once common, have been rarer in recent years due to the COVID pandemic and associated travel restrictions. One planned trip to […]

The Interstate 5 Bridge between Oregon and Washington.

Feds pledge $600M for new I-5 bridge linking Washington and Oregon

BY: - December 15, 2023

The federal government will plunk down more than a half-billion dollars to help cover the cost of replacing the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River, between Washington and Oregon. A grant of $600 million will go to the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, the entity overseeing the effort. It’s the first sizable commitment of federal […]

Amtrak has started testing its next-generation, 160-mph Acela trains in the Northeast corridor.

Cascadia bullet train stuck at the station as feds dole out big bucks for rail

BY: - December 12, 2023

The Federal Railroad Administration largely passed over the Northwest while doling out more than $8 billion to improve passenger rail service across the nation. Advocates who envision a 250-mph bullet train zipping between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Canada, were looking forward to celebrating a nearly $200 million grant award. Instead, the Washington and Oregon transportation […]

A snow plow works on clearing Oregon 11 between Pendleton to Washington state

Winter road maintenance will continue with $19 million promise from Kotek, Oregon Legislature

BY: - December 4, 2023

Oregon’s top elected officials pledged to spend millions of dollars on winter road maintenance after dire warnings from the state Department of Transportation that highways would go unplowed because of a budget shortfall.  Gov. Tina Kotek, Senate President Rob Wagner and House Speaker Dan Rayfield announced Monday that the state would commit $19 million to […]

Oregon Sens. Sollman, Thatcher to revive veteran income tax break proposal

BY: - December 4, 2023

A bipartisan pair of Oregon state senators will try again to give retired veterans an income tax break after running out of time in the most recent legislative session. Sens. Janeen Sollman, D-Hillsboro, and Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, said Wednesday they plan to revive a bill they introduced this spring to allow veterans aged 62 or […]

Oregon Legislature Capitol building under construction

Oregon economists revise revenue forecast, state will have extra $217 million to spend

BY: - November 22, 2023

Oregon lawmakers will have less money to spend next year than they anticipated after a promising revenue forecast released last week. 

Retailers, worried that shoppers are cutting back their holiday spending this year, are hiring fewer seasonal workers. Shown is the Flatirons Crossing mall on Nov. 26, 2021 in Broomfield, Colorado.

Retailers pare back their seasonal hiring to prepare for ho-hum holidays

BY: - November 21, 2023

Black Friday shoppers may notice longer lines and fewer retail associates in some of their favorite stores than in past holiday seasons as retailers scale back seasonal hiring over concerns about consumer spending. JCPenney is hiring 12,000 fewer workers than last year. Macy’s 3,000 fewer. Meanwhile a Walmart executive said the retail giant has been […]