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State Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend) calls Friday's special session a "success" and hope the "Nike Bill" can be expaned to include tax certainty to small businesses in Oregon

 

He says it was important to keep the expanding retail giant here in Oregon.  

 

 "AS A RESULT - NIKE WILL CREATE A MINIMUM OF 500 JOBS AND THE PROJECTION WE WERE SHOWN WAS 12 THOUSAND DIRECT AND IN-DIRECT JOBS..AS A RESULT OF THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL....CONTRACT WITH THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.

 

The Bill from Friday's special session applies to companies that will invest 150 million dollars and create at least 500 jobs.  The bill sunsets in January 2013.  Conger says in February's session they may be able to broaden the bill and address any other issues that surface between now and then.  He says several states have been courting Nike to move and expand there. 

 

Three of those states were Washington, Idaho and Colorado.

 

Conger also says even though the special session was very important for Oregon, their action that day was overshadowed by the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. 

 

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