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.

  • 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. […]

  • Editorial: Some good and bad in state transportation plan

    Editorial: Some good and bad in state transportation plan Published May 9, 2017 at 03:11PM / Updated May 9, 2017 at 07:11PM – Bend Bulletin Legislators are scheduled to start debating Wednesday what parts they like and don’t like in a proposed state transportation plan. They should start by stopping the push to take money […]

  • Senate passes bipartisan overtime fix

    Senate Republican Office Update: April 25, 2017 Today, the Senate unanimously approved a proposal carried by Senate Republican Deputy Leader Tim Knopp, of Bend, to fix overtime pay calculations. Knopp released the following statement: “Oregon is an export-dependent state and Senate Bill 984 helps ensure Oregon industries can create jobs and continue contributing the economy. […]

  • Gov. Kate Brown approves hiring freeze, other state cuts

    Gov. Kate Brown approves hiring freeze, other state cuts BY ANNA MARUM // *protected email* Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Thursday that freezes the hiring of certain state employees for two months and reduces spending on state employee travel and building leases. The governor did not hold a press conference for the signing. Chris Pair, […]

  • 2017 Legislative Bills and Priorities

    2017 LEGISLATIVE BILLS AND PRIORITIES April News from Oregon State Representative Ron Noble Hello Friends, As we move into the Spring season, things are moving at a fast pace in the House of Representatives.  I’d like to give you an update on my legislative priorities, the visitors we have had in the past month, as […]