Economy

Labor
12:26 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

New Study Shows Plight Of Oregon's Low Wage Workers

Credit LERC

Despite Oregon having the 2nd highest minimum wage in the nation, low-wage workers in the state are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. That's the finding of a new report from the University of Oregon.

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Economy
8:07 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Coburg's Marathon Coach To Increase Production and Hire New Workers

Lane County used to be the center of motor home manufacturing in Oregon, employing about 4,500 people. Then the recession hit. Only one of the RV makers survived. Marathon Coach announced Tuesday it plans to increase production and hire more workers.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:12 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Voices From Cannabis Country: Part 2

Credit John Rosman / OPB

Last month, Oregonians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Today, we bring you two more voices from residents of southwest Oregon talking about cannabis in their community.

First, we’ll hear from Jennifer Phillippi. She’s the owner of the last remaining sawmill in Josephine County.

Next is Richard Davis, known locally as Pa Butt. He’s a longtime medical marijuana grower. Davis spoke to us at his grow operation, where a deer he’s named Sugar Bob often joins him as he works.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:07 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Voices From Cannabis Country: Part 1

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Oregonians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Today and tomorrow, we bring you voices from southern Oregon, where pot is already an important part of the culture and economy.
Chelsea Rose is an archeologist in Jacksonville. Rose is fascinated by the oral history of pot and the grow sites she finds by accident. OPB joined her and local cat on a hike to an old grow site in the Applegate valley.

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Charity Organizations
1:35 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Oregon's Attorney General Names Worst Charities

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Credit Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon's Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has made a list of naughty and nice charities. During the last few days of giving for 2014, it's important to research non-profits, and know how their funds are spent.

Ellen Klem is with the Oregon Department of Justice. She says it's encouraging that no Oregon-based groups made the list of 20 worst charities this year:

Klem: "I think one of the tips we've been encouraging Oregonians to keep in mind this holiday season is to donate locally. It's a wonderful feeling to see your donation in action here in the state."

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Environment
6:10 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Investment CEO Coalition Wants Goverment To Invest In Public Lands

CEOs of a dozen venture capital firms say the solitude and recreation available on public land can be viewed as economic opportunities to attract new business to the West.
Credit Photo of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, on Wikimedia Commons.

Members of a new national coalition say there's a link between start-up companies and the outdoors. And they are encouraging the federal government to expand national parks and monuments to accommodate the trend in the rising workforce. Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition includes a dozen CEO's of venture capital firms, and they say today's labor force wants an active, healthy lifestyle to accompany their work habits. Nancy Pfund is a Spokeswoman for DBL Investors.

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Lane Unemployment
1:09 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Lane Unemployment Down Only Slightly This Past Year

Credit theeconomiccollapseblog.com

The  unemployment rate in Lane County, as in the whole state of Oregon, has flattened out. 

Lane County's unemployment rate, established through a household survey, stood at 6.9 percent in November.  That's according to Brian Rooney, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department. It's down only slightly from a 7.1 percent rate a year ago.

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Marijuana
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Economic Impact Of Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Oregon is preparing for the economic impact of legal recreational marijuana, following the passing of Measure 91 by voters. KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle interviews Troy Dayton, CEO of a research group who publishes economic projections for business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Oregon Economy
6:46 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Economy On Par With Nationwide Positive Growth Trends

Credit econforum.uoregon.edu

Economic indicators recently released by the University of Oregon show the state are showing improvement. October employment data was stronger in all areas except natural resources and mining sectors.

Manufacturing was particularly strong during the fall, suggesting the State is on par with national growth trends. The household sector is also stabilizing after years of negative data. Tim Duy is Director of the Economic Forum at the U of O. He says employment services, or temp resources are on the rise.

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Oregon Budget
12:07 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Kitzhaber Unveils $18.6 Billion Spending Plan

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber unveiled his 2015-2017 spending plan during a press conference at the state capitol in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has unveiled an $18.6 billion spending plan for the next two years. The Democrat outlined his proposal at the state capitol Monday. Roughly half of the money is marked for education. Kitzhaber says his budget also includes tax relief for low-income workers.

John Kitzhaber: "To ensure that hard work is actually rewarded with a better life…to ensure that when you get more wages, when your income goes up, you actually have more money, not less money in your pocket."

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