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A coalition that includes nursery, restaurant, wine, dairy, wheat and homebuilders associations, the Hispanic Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Business Association and tourism industry groups has been formed to address growing concerns among business and agriculture interests over immigration issues.
In February, the scrap over liquefied natural gas terminals in Oregon jumped from being a heated topic on the coast to a major talking point in state politics.
Effects of a slumping housing market and cost of lumber have started showing in the state’s wood-product industry, with dozens of job cuts in central and southern Oregon announced in January.
Following outcry and fierce lobbying efforts by Portland small businesses, a $460 million road maintenance fee proposed by council member Sam Adams will be decided by voters in November rather than by the city council.
As part of the Portland lumber company’s bankruptcy proceedings, Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Group will buy four of Pope & Talbot’s pulp mills, including its sole Oregon mill in Halsey, for approximately $231 million.