Earned paid sick time is an issue that affects a significant proportion of workers and employers in Eugene, including small business owners and their employees.
Having the opportunity to earn paid sick time is clearly a benefit for workers. But offering employees this opportunity also has benefits for employers. These benefits include protecting workplace productivity, decreasing turnover and associated costs, and reducing health care costs.
For more information, read The Main Street Alliance of Oregon’s new report on Understanding Paid Sick Time in Eugene.
New study provides one more reason House Republicans should not delay passage of immigration reform
Last Friday, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden told reporters that the U.S. House could take up an immigration overhaul next year. Congressman Walden’s statement came just days after Speaker John Boehner told reporters that he is unwilling to work with the U.S. Senate to fix our nation’s broken immigration system–something that polls show a majority of Americans want.
The Main Street Alliance of Oregon’s new report, “Whats on the Line: The Costs of Delaying Immigration Reform”, details how delaying immigration reform can cause a loss in jobs and economic activity for Oregon.
According to the 2014 projection for Oregon included in the report, the longer that immigration reform is delayed the more harm it does to Oregon’s economy and the more jobs are lost.
- Every month of delay costs Oregon $32.4 million in economic activity and 386 jobs.
- Delaying immigration reform and its economic impacts for three month costs Oregon $97.3 million in economic activity and 1,157 jobs.
- Delaying immigration reform for six months will cost Oregon $194.5 million in economic activity and 2,314 jobs.”
The report also revealed that every day immigration reform is delayed, the United States would lose $106 million in economic activity and 1,190 jobs, while every month of that delay would cause a $3.2 billion loss in economic activity and 36,200 jobs.
August 19, 2013 – Main Street Alliance of Oregon released its latest report, Voices of Main Street, highlighting the views of small business owners from all across Oregon on public policy issues. Read the full report here: Voices of Main Street
Business is Baby Booming
March, 2013 – Main Street Alliance of Oregon, with Main Street Alliance National and Social Security Works released, Business is Baby Booming, highlighting investments in Social Security, Medicare strengthen retirement security and consumer demand for Oregon’s small businesses. Read the full report here: Business Is (Baby) Booming Report
Representatives from the Main Street Alliance of Oregon held a press conference in Salem the state’s capitol, to release a report detailing the findings of a survey of Oregon small businesses, focusing on their experiences with credit and their reactions to one current proposal to support small business and economic growth: the creation of a state bank.
Speaking for the Main Street Alliance of Oregon was Jose Gonzalez, owner of Tu Casa Real Estate, located in Salem. Jose is also president of the Latino Business Alliance, and a leader within the Main Street Alliance of Oregon. He took the opportunity to share his experience with credit, as well as share stories of his commercial clients that are struggling to access capitol to grow their business. Jose also expressed his support for a state bank as a solution to this problem:
“Oregon has a great opportunity to create a solution that will generate small business lending, and create jobs by investing in the local community – a State Bank in Oregon is just the way to make that happen.”
Also in attendance were representative for the Oregonians for a State Bank coalition, of which the Main Street Alliance is a partner. The coalition has been working on a legislative concept to be introduced during the current legislative session. They were encouraged that the results of survey show that there is a need for a bank similar to the State Bank of North Dakota, of which the bill will be modeled after.
Read the full report HERE.