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Labor union uses transportation plan as bargaining chip, Boardman solar energy project expedited and Oregon shell company bill poised to pass.

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SEIU 503 threatens to oppose transportation plan if corporate tax fails

Oregon’s largest labor union says it may fund a ballot campaign against the transportation plan if a corporate tax isn’t approved, the Oregonian reports. Union leaders says Oregon shouldn’t tax people for roads before taxing corporations for services and schools. SEIU 503 says it does support the transportation plan but is willing to use it as a bargaining chip.

Boardman solar energy facility is being expedited

Invenergy has proposed building a 75 megawatt solar farm in Boardman. The project, known as the Boardman Solar Energy Facility, would increase statewide solar energy production by 30%. The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council announced its expediting the permitting process for the facility, the East Oregonian reports. The site certificate could be issued by early 2018, with a completion date in 2019.

Shell company legislation nearly approved

A bill designed to strengthen Oregon’s incorporation laws and rein in anonymous companies is nearing its final legislative hurdle, the Portland Business Journal reports. After a joint committee hearing Tuesday, it appears only a minor tweak to clearly define liable parties related to shell company abuse is needed. 

Oregon companies rebel against Trump

After Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the “We Are Still In” movement quickly formed. At least a dozen Oregon companies have signed on so far, the Portland Business Journal reports. Companies including Nike, Adidas, Columbia, Cloudability and Portland General Electric are pledging to pursue ambitious climate goals and work together to reduce emissions.

Columbia shuffles leadership amid internal assessment

Columbia is in the middle of an assessment of its operating model by a consulting firm. At the same time, the sportswear company announced several changes in leadership, the Oregonian reports. For example, CEO Tim Boyle has also taken the President title after the departure of Bryan Timm last month. CFO Thomas Cusick will take also over as COO and executive vice president.

DEQ signs off on Eugene riverfront project

Seventeen-acres of riverfront property was contaminated with chemicals. The city plans to buy the property for $5.75 million once approval from the DEQ came through following site cleanup. With approval in hand, the purchase can now move forward, the Register Guard reports. The deal will likely close in August.

Uber saga continues as company fires 20 employees, including executives

The ride sharing company’s decision is based on an investigation into more than 200 sexual harassment complaints, OPB reports. Locally, Uber is gearing up to finally begin service in Salem today after years of debate.