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The recent Oregon Jobs report indicated a pattern; that over the past few years, the third quarter usually shows slower growth than the previous two quarters.

 

Bill Watkins with the California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Research says Oregon could be in a better position to attract new business, but has had some missteps along the way, beginning with the passage of Measures 66 and 67 in 2010.  "Last summer there was the mistake with Mercedes wanting to do a car advertisement in Oregon and it got all screwed up, and they ended up not doing that. Before that, there was this snafu with Facebook and the tax situation that got a lot of publicity, and the problem is, those things, along with people looking at the tax rates and some of the other policies, just, people don't give it a second look. Once you get off that list, you're no longer on a short list, you can't make it up."

 

Watkins says if the “Corporate Kicker Tax” passes in the general election, that will not help attract new business to Oregon.

 

Watkins was a guest on 1110 KBND’s Lar's Larson show Wednesday.

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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