Access to Capital: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Hatch and Representative Tobias Reid worked to create the Community Public Offering, a new tool for Oregon-based businesses to raise up to $250,000 from fellow Oregonians. Made legal through the Oregon Intrastate Offering Exemption rules on January 15, 2015, it offers the chance to raise capital from ALL Oregon residents, regardless of wealth.
Retirement Security: After several events with coalition partners from Save Today, Secure Tomorrow and support from our State Treasurer, HB 2960 was signed by Governor Brown on June 26th. HB 2960 creates the Oregon Retirement Savings Fund Board and directs the board to create a retirement savings plan accessible to all Oregonians.
Economy-Boosting Jobs: Paid Sick Days, SB 454, had a rousing public hearing in April that was attended by more than 300 people. Legislators listened to impassioned testimony until nearly 10pm at night! With broad support from community groups, small business owners and working families from across the state, this bill was also signed by Governor Brown on June 26th.
HB 3025, also signed on June 26th by the Governor, establishes unlawful practice of inquiring into or considering applicant’s conviction history on application form or prior to interview or, if no interview is conducted, prior to conditional offer of employment. This bill was supported by our allies at AFL-CIO and The Urban League of Portland.
Although, we worked towards raising the minimum wage this session, our legislatures failed to pass any of the more than a dozen bills that were introduced. However, MSA helped to build strong support in the business community and will be working towards raising the wage to $13.50/hr in 2016.
A Healthier Oregon: After years of fighting against Big Oil, the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, SB 324, was passed and signed into law by Governor Brown on March 12. Our Co-Chair and Co-Owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic in Portland, Jim Houser, had this to say: “Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program will provide the regulatory certainty Oregon businesses need to invest, helping our economy and expanding family-wage jobs across the state.”
Our communities, families and children are safer now that toxics are out of toys! SB 478 passed and was signed into law this session as well. A big win to help ensure a healthier Oregon!
Thanks for all of your support fighting for Oregon Main Street Businesses and our working families!