Advocacy

2021 Legislative Review

The annual legislative session in Salem was anything but ordinary this year, as lawmakers gathered for the 160 day long session lasting from January through mid June. From the start, the session was unique as the Capitol building was closed to the public and all...

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Collaborative Childcare Pilot Receives Funding

Central Oregon’s childcare shortage is an ongoing, difficult issue for families and for employers who want their employees to be able to return to work. The Bend Chamber has worked through advocacy and collaboration to find solutions for the lack of childcare,...

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County Should Kick Start Little Kits Child Care

By Bulletin Editorial Board Child care should enable parents to work and help start children on the path to learning. Oregon’s child care flops. The well-connected and well-paid may be able to find good solutions. Many other families cannot find child care when they...

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A Tumultuous but Productive Legislative Session

The 2021 legislative session was characterized by Zoom meetings, COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions. It was surprisingly productive, however. In a normal year, the legislative process is not one for the faint of heart, as over 3,500 bills are introduced in a long session addressing a vast range of issues.

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Bend Chamber Advocates for Return-to-Work Bonuses

Virtually every industry in the state is experiencing a workforce challenge. Quality jobs are going unfilled: if this continues, it could hinder economic recovery for Oregon. We know that qualified workers are not yet returning to their jobs for several reasons.

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Updates from the State Capitol

The legislative session is well underway and the Chamber's Advocacy Council is actively monitoring 36 bills under our broad policy agenda. With over 3000 bills introduced thus far, the Chamber has leveraged partner organizations to engage in support or opposition of...

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A Message from Chamber CEO, Katy Brooks

We are hopeful that the end of the worst days of the pandemic are near. The cost to human health and life and to our community businesses has been heavy and painful. As we all work to protect ourselves and one another from the virus, we remain insistent that our community businesses need help.

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The Oregon General Assembly is in Session – Now What?

Legislative Update February 5, 2021   On January 19, the Oregon General Assembly convened for their annual legislative session. This year, being an odd year, is scheduled to last 160 days as the Senate and the House consider legislation and pass a budget for the...

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Corporate Activity Tax Q4 payments Due Feb. 1

Corporate Activity Tax Update 4th-quarter payments due February 1 Contact Robin Maxey, Public Information Officer, Oregon Dept. of Revenue, robin.maxey@oregon.gov. Fourth-quarter 2020 estimated payments for Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax are due by February 1,...

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Corporate Activity Tax: Key Dates for 2021

The Oregon Department of Revenue and the Corporate Activity Tax team have provided a list of important dates to be aware of, which are listed below. CAT forms are now available on the Revenue website.

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Bend Chamber Legislative Update – Week #1

On February 3, 2020, the Oregon State Legislature convened for the 80th Legislative Assembly marking the start of the short session lasting 35 days. While the short session is traditionally for codifying budget requests for the biennial budget, this session saw...

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