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A new report comparing action taken by lawmakers across the country shows Oregon losing ground against other states. The report from the American Legislative Exchange Council measures 15 policies that legislators can control to improve the State's economy. It shows Oregon has slipped from an already low 35th place, to number 43. Cascade Policy Institute founder Steve Buckstein says lawmakers also failed to pass meaningful jobs bills: “This session started out with everyone talking about creating jobs. They did pass some laws that will supposedly will create a few jobs; but nothing really across the board. So unfortunately they did very little to improve the job climate in the State. There were some good bills that were introduced; but they didn't pass.” He says Oregon ranks poorly on the two variables that make the biggest difference in attracting and keeping business. Those two are a high income tax and mandates on private business and public agencies to unionize or pay union pay scale.

 

 

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