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BACC LAT Board Quarterly Report –  4/29/19

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations)

Negotiations are underway on what a “go home” package of legislation would be for legislative Democrats who hold strong majorities in the legislature.

Legislative leadership appears to be signaling to the business community that they will pass:

  1. HB 3427, the $2 billion gross receipts tax on businesses with $1 million or more in sales. The details of the tax are still in discussion.
  2. An undefined PERS reform proposal.
  3. A paid family leave proposal that would require both employers and workers to pay new taxes.
  4. A buy down of PERS liabilities that would include about a $300 million contribution from SAIF.
  5. An amended version of Cap and Trade (HB 2020).

The one concession that leadership appears to be willing to make is to kill HB 2269, the employer health care tax. It is unclear at this point which policy bills will get wrapped up in the negotiation.

Activity on Major Issues

  • The $2 billion Commercial Activity Tax (HB 3427) is now clearly the top priority of legislative leadership. Although there was a serious effort to pass the bill out of committee on Thursday evening, the bill ultimately did not move.

Absent any real movement on negotiations with democrat leadership in the House and Senate, the bill is slated to move out of committee on Monday night.

As it stands, HB 3427 has the following components:

    • A gross receipts tax rate of 0.49% on Oregon sales over $1 million;
    • A 25% deduction from taxable sales for labor OR business inputs, whichever is higher;
    • An exemption for receipts from sales to a wholesaler or ag cooperative for any sales outside of Oregon; and
    • An exemption for groceries (defined as those that qualify for ‘SNAP’).
  • Cap-and-Trade (HB 2020). The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction is scheduled to resume its work again this week with two meetings (Monday and Friday) to consider new amendments to HB 2020, the Cap-and-Trade bill. OSCC anticipates that amendments will be released Monday for consideration by the committee. We will keep you updated after we’ve had a chance to review changes in the amendments. The rumor is that there will be a serious attempt to pass HB 2020 out of committee right as early as next week (the week of May 6th).

What happened last week?

  • Employer Health Care Tax (HB 2269A). Last Monday, OSCC joined Oregon Business & Industry, Oregon Farm Bureau, and the Northwest Grocers in testifying in opposition to HB 2269A. This bill would require employers with 50 or more employees (who work at least 8 hours a week) to provide a minimum payment towards the employees’ health care or pay the state the difference. Although it’s not being called a “tax”, the Oregon Health Authority is projecting $0.50 per hour worked per employee and a total revenue generation of $500 million.
  • Sexual Harassment (SB 726A). SB 726A passed out of the Senate with a 23-6 vote. Individual liability for owners, officers and executives (who knew or should have known about the alleged harassment) remains out of the bill, but there are still concerns about the ability of small businesses to maintain records and data for the new 5-year statute of limitations to file harassment claims. Under the bill, employers are prohibited from using non-disclosure agreements as a means to settle harassment claims.
  • Pregnancy Accommodations (HB 2341A). HB 2341A moved out of the Senate Workforce Committee last week. As written, employers with 6+ employees must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, but any of those businesses may file an undue hardship exemption with BOLI. Easy final passage is expected on Senate floor.
  • Expressing Milk in the Workplace (HB 2593A). Under HB 2593A, all employers must provide reasonable rest periods for an employee to express milk during a child’s first 18 months. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees may file an undue hardship exemption with BOLI. The next stop is the Senate floor for final passage.

Other key issues coming up this week.

The upcoming week is going to be fairly quiet on key issues. There will be no additional hearings on Cap and Trade this week, but there will be consideration of the following:

  • Prevailing wages in enterprise zones. HB 2408 requires prevailing wages on all private projects in Enterprise Zones in excess of $20 million. Such a policy erodes one of Oregon’s last remaining economic development tools. The bill easily passed the House and is already up for a public hearing in the Senate Workforce Committee on Tuesday. OSCC will issue an Action Alert on this critical economic development issue.
  • Workers’ compensation compromise. (HB 3022) OSCC initially testified against this legislation, which would have upended 30-years of successful workers’ compensation reforms and drastically raised workers’ comp costs on employers. However, the bill was deftly negotiated by SAIF so as to end up a compromise bill that won’t impact employer rates. The bill will see committee action in the House Rules Committee on Monday.

 

 

ACTION ALERT

OSCC will be issuing an Action Alert for HB 2408 this week. This bill, which will require prevailing wages in privately-funded Enterprise Zone projects of $20 million or more, would be a strong hindrance to much needed economic development projects. Enterprise Zones are one of Oregon’s last remaining viable economic development tools.

To review those specific Bills/Measures go to https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1 and type the SB or HB into the search box.

With Respect,

Tom – LAT Chair

Ambassador Report: 04/03/19

Everyone has been working hard on recruiting new ambassadors. At the last meeting we had 22 people.. which is huge! 5 new ambassadors with potential for more. We have one Ribbon Cutting scheduled for April 13th, 1 PM at Bahama Boards.  Our next Ambassador meeting will be on Thursday April 4th at Ciccarreli’s, noon. April’s B.A.H will be held at Painted Zebra Boutique, Thursday April 25th from 5p to 7p. Stacy and I would like to thank everyone for their support. It truly makes a difference when the team works together.

Leadership Coos Report: 04/03/19

The Leadership Coos Program has been moving right along this year (too quickly if you asked me!). In the
month of March, the agenda focused on Education in the Bay Area and received great reviews from
participants. We heard updates from Coos Bay and North Bend School District Superintendents, toured
Head Start, the Boys and Girls Club and the Charleston Marine Life Center. Lunch at the Oregon Institute
of Marine Biology was a big hit and we topped it off with a presentation at Southwestern Oregon
Community College.
The month of April will be our last topic of the year and focuses on Arts, Entertainment and Recreation in
the Bay Area. This is always a very enjoyable day that features great entertainment from the Oregon
Coast Lab Band, a tour of the Coos Art Museum and even dune buggy rides at Spinreel. We typically get
to take a ride from the Charleston Marina to the Coos Bay Boardwalk on the Betty Kay, but unfortunately,
business ownership recently changed hands and it’s just not going to work out this year. Thankfully, we
live in an area with no shortage of recreational activities, so our Committee has decided to incorporate a
Parks and Campground Tour along Cape Arago Highway. What a great way to showcase our beautiful
beaches and parks!
The Steering Committee is very busy planning graduation day at the Yacht Club on May 14, as well as the
Leadership Coos 30th Reunion Celebration scheduled for June 20. This is going to be a very fun event and
we hope to see lots of familiar faces there! BACC staff is preparing to send the invitations out and Pam
and Jolene are creating a shareable Facebook event. Please plan on joining us for some great stories,
delicious food and live music!
Respectfully Submitted,
Christy Wright
Committee Chair

Natural Resource Team Report:  2-4-19

  • The Natural Resources committee hold regular joint meetings with DTO the 3rd Friday of the month at 7 am and now has been moved from the Red Lion to The Mill Casino.
  • Recreational and Commercial Crabbing is open along entire Oregon Coast, Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce recreational and commercial crabbing is now open for the entire Oregon Coast, free of restrictions. Crab samples taken from the area of Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the closure limit.

For commercial crabbing, ODA and ODFW have lifted the requirement that all crab harvested from Cape Blanco to the California border be eviscerated (gutted). An evisceration requirement will remain in place for all crab harvested from any area outside of Oregon with crab viscera samples for domoic acid of 30 ppm or higher, which includes all crab harvested off California at this time.

It is always recommended that crab be eviscerated and the guts, or butter, discarded prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended to discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, roux, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

ODA and ODFW will continue monitoring marine biotoxins in crab and shellfish to ensure the concentrations remain below the closure limit.

  • Spring Bear application due Feb. 10 SW Oregon is now a controlled hunt like all other spring bear hunts.

Lumber prices have fallen since record highs in 2Q2018, mostly due to housing starts are simply overblown and there isn’t much room for an increase beyond the 2018 level.  Despite the one-two hurricane punch that recently impacted the US South and the continued wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, extreme weather events that have significantly impacted forest inventories, harvests and supply, the drop in lumber prices over the last six months is largely, though not entirely, demand driven.  Fewer new-home builds = less lumber

Hello Board of Directors,                                                                                                              1/28/2019

Here is the LAT Quarterly Report at present. The 2019 Legislative Session began 1/14.

As of present, these are the items that OSCC and we at LAT will be paying attention to. There is always more to arrive for review and action. We at LAT will be informing you with abundant material as the Session processes along. We are meeting 2/5 and 2/19 this month, 7am @ CBVIC meeting room.

Best,

Tom Burdett, LAT Chair

2019 Legislative Report – Week 1
Dear OSCC members and colleagues –

The 2019 legislative session is now underway in Oregon.

The 2019 Legislature has already introduced over 1,700 bills.  OSCC expects another 1,000+ pieces of legislation to be introduced over the next six weeks.  Of the 1,700 bills that have been introduced thus far, OSCC is keeping an eye on:

  • HB 2655 and SB 379 which would prevent employers from enforcing zero-tolerance workplace drug-free policies on marijuana;
  • SB 110 and HB 2175, which would help alleviate the complications that have arisen from Oregon’s new manufacturing overtime limits which cap production employees at 60 hours per week;
  • HB 2255 and SB 592, which would increase damage awards in medical lawsuits;
  • SB 608, a comprehensive rent control and tenant protection bill.
  • Dozens of bills that increase individual, business, property, or product excise taxes.

OSCC expects that several hundred new bills will be introduced this week.  We will continue to screen all new legislation for impact on our local business communities.

As with previous sessions, OSCC expects that the Senate will be the backstop on bad business bills.  Although Democrats have expanded their majority to 18-12 in the Senate, a handful of key moderate Democrats will still control the flow of bills that pass.  Senators Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), and Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) will be the key bloc of Senators who will decide just how aggressive the legislature will be on issues of taxes and other progressive policies that will impact business.

Early Activity on Major Issues

We are expecting to see early activity on a handful of key policy and budget items that Democratic legislative leaders have identified as key priorities, including:

  • Rent control.  Senate Bill 608 will limit rent increases to 7% per year in buildings over 15 years old and also prohibits no cause evictions for tenants after one year of tenancy.  This is a key priority for Democratic leadership that will start receiving public hearings on February 4th.
  • Cap & Trade.  We are expecting to see the 2019 cap & trade bill for the first time by the end of this week.  It will likely start receiving public hearings the week of February 4th.
  • Business taxes.  Starting this Tuesday, the Joint Student Success Committee will initiate its Revenue Subcommittee hearings on a potential tax plan that will meet the Governor’s objective of raising business taxes by $2 billion for K-12, Pre-K, and higher education.

                                      Other Issues Coming up This Week

  • Single use straw ban.  Senate Bill 90 would ban the use of single use straws.  It will be heard in the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.
  • Workplace accommodations for pregnant employees.  House Bill 2341 could require an employer to hire an additional person to do heavy lifting or to purchase equipment to allow an employee to stay in their job during the pregnancy.  The bill is scheduled for a hearing in House Business & Labor on Monday morning.  A similar policy has been adopted in Washington, but some business sectors have had issues with implementation.
  • Biometric data collection.  SB 284 would make it an unlawful employment practice to collect biometric data (e.g. fingerprints, retinol scans, etc.) from employees.  There are still unanswered questions about the scope of the bill, which will be heard on Thursday in the Senate Workforce Committee.

You can investigate the Bills at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1 then look for the BILLS tab in the upper right corner. Click it and then you are able to search House and Senate Bills. Any concerns, contact me.   J   541-404-1028 / thomascburdett@gmail.com  .

Marketing & Membership – Board Update

  • Continued execution of Chamber Benefit Marketing Plan. Promoting one of the reasons to join the chamber per month from the 10 reasons to join wheel.
    • January – “#1 The Chamber Brings Credibility to my Business”
      • Posted on Facebook with related commentary
      • Posted on the Website
      • Timm to discuss in one Chamber Minute on the radio and in the newspaper
      • Table Tents at WBC
      • Looking at other ways to Market Chamber Benefits including testimonials and other ways to tell our story
      • Looking at the 3C Chamber Concept: Catalyst for business growth, Convener for leaders and influencers, Champion for stronger communities
      • Develop Talking Points for Directors, Committees and Volunteers to use when promoting the Chamber and seeking new membership
        • Initial list developed; interviewed board at January work session; Interviewing 2018 New Chamber Members
      • Develop a Prospect List & tracking form – Market Prospects – Goal to grow to 600 Members by 2020 (current membership 534)
        • Obtained names from SBDC of businesses in our area
        • To sort the list and form a prospect list
        • Train volunteers to call on prospects
        • Prospect outreach planned to include face to face calls, Executive Director contact and President contact
      • New Member Mentoring
      • Tracking sheet for new members – planed outreach over the 1st year of membership to help them connect. Planned visits, direct correspondence, Executive Director contact and President contact
      • Exiting Member Checklist
      • Checklist to interview exiting Chamber members to see how we can improve on our service.
      • Social Media
      • Looking for ways to enhance and expand our Social Media presence including the introduction of short videos.

Leadership Coos 2018/19

Quarterly Report

Happy New Year!

The Leadership Coos program is nearly halfway through the year, completing our fourth session with Health & Human Services in December. Class participation has been great and the participants are very engaged – even when we cover tough topics, such as child abuse in Coos County. The next session is called “How We Are Governed” and is scheduled for January 8. The day will include a tour of the Coos County Courthouse and an overview of State Courts with Judge Martin Stone.

The Steering Committee is busy planning the 30 Year Reunion, which is scheduled for June 20, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. The theme for the event is “Pearls of Wisdom”. There will be great food, music and lots of fun stories. Please mark your calendars and join us! Invitations will be sent via email very soon.

Respectfully Submitted,

Christy Wright

Committee Chair

Our meeting this month will be held at the Rodeo Steak house at noon, Thursday Jan 10th.

We have 1 ribbon cutting so far in January.

United Ways new location

Wednesday Jan 16th

186 N. 8th st (CB) open house from 4p till 7p with ribbon cutting at 5p.

We are still in need for some BAH slots to be filled,

Thursday Jan 31st

Thursday Feb 28th

Thursday March 28th

Thursday May 30th

Thursday July 25th

Please contact Lonni or Stacy if you have any question or would like to host a BAH.

Lonni (541)297-8179

Stacy (541)252-9655

The education committee met during the fall term and had a robust discussion about Southwestern’s new Hospitality and Tourism Program. The SWOCC faculty received very useful feedback.

The Junior Chamber is planning their annual Teddy Bear Toss Benefiting the Kids Hope Center on Saturday March 2nd.

The education committee has identified the recipients the Educator of The Year Award.

The next meeting is Monday January 14 at SWOCC in the “Black Box”. Jessica is stepping down as The Education Committee Chair.

Jan 14 will be her last meeting.

Events Committee December 2018 Report

Meets the Second Monday, Noon @ Nasburg Huggins Insurance

The Events Committee serves the Chamber by creating additonal revenue, creating networking opportunities for our members, and bringing local businesses together. We are always open to ideas and suggestions on improving existing events, creating new events, or parterning with others to bring more to our Chamber.

The following is a list of upcoming events. Our next focus is the Directory Distribution and providing a prominient showing of the Chambers numbers as we deliver the new directory to our members. We will be asking Board members for participation in this event so please plan to participate.

  1. February 28. 2019 – Directory Distribution and Picnic at the Museum 
  2. August – Taking Care of Business Bowling Event
  3. September – Golf Tournament

Welcome Chamber Members

Your Chamber Transportation committee members over the recent months has been involved in the Coos Bay/North Bend TSP (Transportation Systems Plan) as volunteer, PAC (Public Action Committee) members.

The Cities most recent Transportation System Plans were developed in 2004. Five years remain of the current TSP’s 2023 planning horizon but recent developments and plans necessitate an update. The Cities must update their TSP to maintain a 20-year planning horizon and comply with the Transportation Planning Rule (TPR).

Study Area

The Project includes two distinct areas, the City of North Bend and the City of Coos Bay. The cities are located in Coos County, Oregon on the Pacific Ocean. The City of North Bend is surrounded on three sides by Coos Bay, sharing its southern border with the City of Coos Bay, which is near where the Coos River enters Coos Bay. Together, they are referred to as one entity called either Coos Bay/North Bend, or the Bay Area. The study area is the boundary for the Project, which includes, at a minimum, City Limits, Urban Growth Boundary (“UGB”) and urban reserves.

A TSP examines the City’s multimodal transportation system as a whole, considers planning for street maintenance, connectivity, access, safety and the impact of future growth throughout the network. In order to review the system that is most likely to affect an average Bay Area citizen or visitor, and to efficiently use time and resources for analysis, TSPs generally focus on the higher-order, arterial and collector street system. Arterials and collectors, by definition, provide connections across a city and between neighborhoods and activity centers. As such, the arterial and collector street intersections and corridors are the focus of the TSP Update.

There has been progress made on the Transportation System Plan update and are ready for a PAC meeting and a public open house to discuss.  We are looking to share the current information at an open house on December 12th, at the North Bend Library from 5 – 7 p.m.

SWACT Members

Did you know that most participating members of the Chamber Transportation Committee are also SWACT Members, either currently or formerly (Southwest Area Commission on Transportation)? They include; Rick Skinner (Vice Chair), Ron Kutch, Art Poole, Martin Callery (now a member of the OTC, appointed by the Governor), Jim Hossley, Randy Dixon, John Sweet, John Rowe, Jennifer Groth, Mark Usselman.

The membership is currently working on how to become more assertive with ODOT, as a it has to do with its area management and infrastructure needs with HB 2017 spending.

If you would like to join us, you can contact the Chamber office or just join us; we meet the second Tuesday of each month, at the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center, conference room, from noon – 1 p.m.

Chamber Tourism Committee Quarterly Report

Member of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee met on September 27, 2018 to discuss the future of the committee and its goals for 2019. During the course of the meeting it was determined that the group would meet quarterly, except during the months immediately preceding our largest event of the year, Travel & Tourism Week events, including the Bay Area Brigade.

Location and time of the meeting will change in 2019. The meeting will remain the third Thursday of the months in which we hold meetings but will now be held in the Conference Room of the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center at 8:00am. The next meeting of the Chamber Tourism Committee will be Thursday, January 17th.

One of our primary goals for 2019 is increasing communication within the community about the importance of tourism to the Bay Area. As this goal dovetails with a goal of the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, a joint monthly newsletter began going out to Chamber members and others in the community focusing on important news and activities happening in tourism in the area. The plan is to send this newsletter via email the first week of each month. If you are not currently receiving this newsletter, you can sign up at https://oregonsadventurecoast.com/industry-news/.

Other Tourism Committee Goals include:

  • Fully Plan and Promote Travel & Tourism Week, May 5-11, 2019 
    • Make a Bigger Splash, with more events including the Bay Area Brigade. 
    • Suggestions included a Street Party with the BBQ post Brigade being open to those who participate and those who do not; invite local attractions/organizations to have tables/booths at street party; invite the Surfrider Foundation to do demonstrations or activities on the Boardwalk; appreciation lunches for Fire and Police in both cities. 
    • Widespread media coverage/promotion 
  • Regional Tourism
    • Work closely with the Regional tourism groups that have been forming – Travel Southern Oregon Coast, the Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network, and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association – to help promote the area to keep visitors here longer.
  • Communications
    • (As noted above) Along with the VCB, create an Industry Newsletter to send updated information, news and other data to industry professionals and interested citizens in the area. This newsletter would allow the committee to promote such activities as the Ambassador program and the activities for Travel & Tourism Week.
    • Increase community communications with Monthly Articles in The World from a variety of committee/Chamber members – on topics that highlight the importance of tourism to our economy.
  • Ensure front line staff at local businesses can answers the question “What is there to do here?”
    • Host FAM tours for local frontline workers – 1/2 day mini-tours of our attractions to help our frontline staff help our visitors find great things to see & do, for a minimal fee.
    • Renewed push for the Community Ambassador Program – as a committee, encourage businesses to have their staff go through the online program. It is easier to access now.
    • Help distribute new collateral from the VCB to local businesses.

The last few month have been a mixture of County government, Candidate forums, the Oregon business plan, SBDC and an update on the Jordan Cove Energy Project, which was attended by almost 80 folks.

There will be two WBC programs in December, leading into our Christmas and New Year’s hiatus. The first WBC program of the new year, will be on January 9th with Carmen and Annie, of 7 Devils Brewery, chatting about their Drinking Civilly program and more.

Currently we are scheduling the 2019 portion of our season, from January through May. If you have a topic, issue or business you would like to hear more about, please give me a call or note.

Timm Slater

WBC Chair