With less than three weeks left until the end of the 2017 Session, the Oregon Legislature is working on several inter-related pieces of legislation that are needed to build a balanced budget and, perhaps, achieve other goals such as repairing and improving the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure.
Businesses value clarity and certainty, which allows them to gauge risks when making financial decisions. Good legislation can provide clarity and encourage businesses to invest in growth. Poorly or vaguely written legislation can create uncertainty and discourage investment.
Portland State University's Center for Public Service this week released a study of eight Northwest school districts that quantified the effect of pension and health care costs on Oregon schools.