Advocacy

The following articles are a sampling of the many updates that Chamber members receive on a regular basis about the Public Policy and Legislative happenings in our state.  To be in the know, to have information at your fingertips to make your voice timely and powerful, you need to join the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce.  We work hard to Activate and Educate our members on Public Policy.

  • McMinnville Chamber of Commerce Board in Support of Measure 104

    Measure 104 is important to taxpayers and small businesses. McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce board supports Measure 104. Ballot Measure 104  – a constitutional amendment to ensure that any legislation that raises revenue requires a three-fifths majority vote. This includes fees or the elimination of tax exemptions, deductions or credits.

  • Important ballot measures and an update on Cleaner Air Oregon

    Important ballot measures and an update on Cleaner Air Oregon Ballot Measure 103 would prohibit state and local taxes on groceries. If approved the measure would permanently prevent taxes on groceries without specific voter approval. An informational webinar will be on August 10th. If you are interested in learning more about the measure, please register […]

  • Advocacy Update 5.22.18 – HB4301

    The legislature convened yesterday to discuss Governor Brown’s bill, sponsored by Representative Kotek (HB4301 – https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018S1/Measures/Overview/HB4301) to allow sole proprietors to take advantage of Oregon’s lower tax rates for pass-through business. Two months ago, Governor Brown signed SB1528 which detached from the Federal Tax Code a small businesses ability to deduct 20% on pass-through income. […]

  • MACC Advocacy Update – Election Results and Legislative Update 5.18.18

    A quick update on the primary elections (these are unofficial per the Secretary of State’s website – http://results.oregonvotes.gov/). Voter turnout this year was low, with 33.18% of eligible voters casting a ballot. In Yamhill County, 1/3 of ballots sent to eligible voters were received, and of those, 662 are under review, all others were accepted. […]

  • Bipartisan Drug Transparency Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

    Bipartisan Drug Transparency Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk Rep. Noble Chief Sponsor of HB 4005 Salem, Ore. – Rep. Ron Noble (R-McMinnville) was a Chief Sponsor of HB 4005, along with Rep. Rob Nosse (D-Portland), Sen. Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls) and Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Spingfield). This bill is a representation of how reaching across the […]

  • Legislative Update January 12, 2018

    The short legislative session will begin on February 5. Here are some issues that we are following for you. Cap and Trade: This is modeled after legislation in California to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create a complex market to sell credits. This proposal will likely impact many large companies in Oregon. Two proposals were presented […]

  • Legislative Update July 27, 2017

    The 2017 Legislative session began with two very important issues: a $1.8B deficit and the need for a transportation package. The legislature began with no strategy to solve the enormous deficit and faced partisanship potentially stalling any movement. The Senate fully committed to bipartisanship and, as evidenced, the largest problems faced at the beginning of […]

  • McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update – June 28, 2017

    HB2060-A will impact small business by increasing taxes from 7% to over 9%, depending upon revenue. It passed the House last week (31-28) and was referred to the Senate President’s desk for a first reading. Small businesses (S-corps, LLC and partnerships) with less than 10 employees, earning between $250,000 and $500,000 will see their tax […]

  • Where Health-Care Legislation Stands

    Where Health-Care Legislation Stands Rep. Greg Walden says a bill will be on the president’s desk before August Businesses are watching closely as Senate Republicans try to hash out a deal on a GOP version of health-care reform to replace the Affordable Care Act. Whether they can bridge their divisions, however, remains to be seen. […]

  • Governor Kate Brown Visits McMinnville, Oregon

    On May 16, 2017, MEDP hosted Oregon Governor Kate Brown and state partners, including the Director of Regional Solutions and the Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor, Jason Lewis-Berry, and Assistant Director of Business Oregon and Director of Infrastructure Finance Authority of Business Oregon, Chris Cummings. They spent the day in McMinnville learning about the community. […]