The Oregon Prosperity Project on a Gross Receipts Tax


This apple pie – especially if it is made in Oregon – is a prime example of why the gross receipts tax (GRT) model being considered by the Legislature is a bad idea – and costly for consumers.

 By the time this pie gets to a dessert plate, the pyramiding impact of the GRT could have taxed it six times or more, according to a Washington State study. In fact, food is hit more than any other product by a GRT, and we know much of that cost gets passed through to consumers in higher prices.

Do we really want to make food that much more expensive? Please join us in telling legislators that a gross receipts tax is a bad idea for Oregon.

The Oregon Prosperity Project is partnering with Brighter Oregon to keep you informed for the 2019 Legislative Session. We will be sending Brighter Oregon emails and updates to the Prosperity Project membership. 

As always, we are focusing on key issues of fiscal policy, job creation and Oregon’s economy. Partnering with Brighter Oregon will help us better serve you, making it easier to understand how actions in Salem affect all Oregonians.

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Disaster Resilience for Small Businesses and Organizations

Disaster Resilience for Small Businesses and Organizations is an awareness-level, four-hour course provides participants with a general understanding of the risks associated with natural hazards and disasters, introduce methods of assessing that risk to vulnerable small businesses, and describe the business continuity planning process to help small businesses prepare for, plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from any natural hazard or disaster that may occur. Modules will include instruction on:

  • Identifying hazards to business operations through risk assessments
  • Identify financial disaster assistance programs and business interruption insurance programs
  • Describe fundamentals of supply chain management following a disaster
  • Identify processes and resources for preparing a business continuity plan

Key concepts and topics will be reinforced with facilitator-led group discussions that utilize realistic and practical planning methods. These discussions will illustrate the diverse challenges and complexities of disaster resilience for small businesses while building participants’ experience and confidence in anticipating, preparing for, and recovering from a natural disaster.




Washington County Museum-Free Family Mornings



Make collage art greeting cards with artist Dey Rivers

PLEASE NOTE: Due to winter weather this exciting family art workshop will now occur on

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 10am – 1pm (NOT February 9th as originally schedule)

At Washington County Museum, located on the PCC Rock Creek Campus:

17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR, 97229

The Washington County Museum launches another series of Free Family Mornings for 2019 starting on February 9th with a collage card workshop lead by artist Dey Rivers. This workshop, like all of the Free Family Morning events, is a chance for families and folks of all ages to experience the museum as well as roll up their sleeves for some hands-on learning. Rivers presents a celebration of craft, fine art, and the coming together of different elements. She describes teaching art “as a way to actively bring a dialogue into the community on personal and social issues both past and present while expressing the value of our differences.” Visitors will create their own collage art greeting cards for Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and other celebrations. The workshop provides instruction on the process of collage while exploring the history of this fascinating art form.

Dey Rivers is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Portland, OR having recently returned from the East coast where she completed her degree in Fine Art. Rivers’ work encompasses elements of design, portraiture, and storytelling through her personal mantra of the Ghanaian Twi word Sankofa, meaning: “go back and get it”.  Her art explores the duality and truth of lived experiences and observations that one must look to the past in order to inform the present and shape the future. Find Rivers online at and on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @artbydey.

Free Family Mornings is an ongoing series hosted by the Washington County Museum. Each month during the school year the museum hosts a family-friendly, no-experience-needed workshop led by a teaching artist from the community. Workshops are drop-in with no registration required. Museum entrance is always FREE during these events, and includes access to all rotating and permanent exhibits.The Free Family Mornings series is supported in part by the Beaverton Rotary.

Catch all of our exciting spring lineup of Free Family Morning workshops:

March 9: Anke Gladnick, illustration

April 13: Physical Education artist group, body movement

May 11: Kevin Holden, sound art

June 8: Robin Cone-Murakami, cyanotype prints

About the Washington County Museum

For more than 50 years, the Washington County Museum has provided community members and visitors an opportunity to experience and understand the richness of local history, heritage and culture.

The Washington County Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

For admission, memberships, events and more:



call 503.645.5353

OSCC opposes Senate Bill 379

The following information announcement from the Oregon State Chambers of Commerce (OSCC) is to keep you informed about legislative actions.

The OSCC is recommending opposition to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 379. Please read through the information and if you have additional questions, you can access the website here.

If you oppose the Bill, you can respond through the OSCC Action Alert below, or communicate directly with our State Senator and Representative. If you support this Bill, please send a separate email and DO NOT use the Action Alert link.


Senator Chuck Riley                        503-986-1715

900 Court St NE, S-303        

Salem, OR, 97301


Representative Janeen Solman      503-986-1430

900 Court St NE, H-487        

Salem, OR 97301

Advocacy in Action


Dear Administration,

Maintaining safe workplaces is a primary concern for OSCC members. SB 379 would prevent an employer from enforcing a drug-free workplace policy for individuals testing positive for marijuana.

If the Legislature enacts SB 379, Oregon employers of all sizes would be in an impossible situation.  Oregon law and federal law would be in conflict.

In addition, it would be almost impossible for Oregon businesses to reconcile SB 379 with their obligations to maintain safe workplaces that do not endanger other employees, the public or the customers they serve.

Here’s why OSCC opposes SB 379

SB 379 is in direct conflict to the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision in the Emerald Steel case, which held that Oregon employers are entitled to enact ‘zero tolerance policies’ on marijuana use. 

In 2010, The Oregon Supreme Court ruled in the case of Emerald Steel Fabricators, Inc., v. Bureau of Labor and Industries, and found that the use of medical marijuana, though authorized by state law, was an “illegal use of drugs” under federal law, which preempts state law in these circumstances.

The Court held that employers can lawfully take adverse employment actions against employees based on their use of federally-illegal drugs. It upheld an employer’s right to implement ‘zero tolerance’ drugfree workplace policies.

In 2014, employer rights were again upheld by Oregon voters who voted in support of Measure 91, which specifically precluded “amend[ing] or affect[ing] in any way any state or federal law pertaining to employment matters” (Section 4. Article 1).

SB 379 is preempted by the Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Maintaining a drug-free workplace ensures the safety and well-being of employees, the public, and the customers they serve. Furthermore, employers with federal contracts are required to maintain drug-free workplaces as a matter of federal law.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires employers who receive grants or contracts from the federal government (construction companies, hospitals and long-term care facilities, among others) to ensure that their workplaces are drug-free. Drug testing will not reveal whether an employee with marijuana in his or her system used it during working hours or during “non-working hours” (a term in SB 379 that might be interpreted to include meal breaks), much less whether the marijuana was used on the employer’s premises or not. This would make it impossible for an employer to comply with the federal requirements.

There are no recognized tests for impairment due to marijuana use.

The exception in SB 379 for off-duty marijuana use that impairs employees’ performance on the job cannot be implemented, because currently, there is no recognized test for whether an employee is “impaired” by the use of marijuana (off duty or not). Current testing protocols can do no more than confirm whether an employee has marijuana in their system, not whether it results in impairment or being “under the influence.”

Without a drug test that measures impairment, an employer’s efforts to maintain a safe work environment are compromised.

An employee’s use of legal prescription drugs is already protected.

Both the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Oregon disability law require an employer to reasonably accommodate an employee’s disability and the treatment of a disability with medication, including situations in which off-duty use of medication affects the employee’s performance at work. A well-developed body of federal and state case law tells an employer whether an accommodation is or is not “reasonable.” SB 379, on the other hand, imposes no such limitation: an employer may not limit employees’ off-duty use of any lawful substances except to the extent it causes an impairment at work or relates to a bona fide occupational qualification.

Click here to contact your Senator and ask them to affirm an employer’s ability to maintain a safe, drug-free workplace – oppose SB 379.

“Years in Business”

I can’t believe we are already in 2019!! I hope you had a WONDERFUL Holiday season!!!

It is that time of year -time for Years in Business!!!!! Woo Hoo!!

At the end of January  “Years in Business” will come out and I know everyone loves this section.

It is a chance to let everyone know how many year’s you have been in in business in our community.

It is only $29 – and all I  would need from you is:

Name, Number, Address , Website and the years you have been in business –

Let me know if you would like to be a part of it.


Toni Ashby

Forest Grove News Times

Hillsboro Tribune

Media Sales Manager

Office 971-762-1167

Mobile 503-347-7399

2038 Pacific Ave., P.O. Box 408

Forest Grove , OR 97116


Fax; 503-296-2828

Japanese Culinary Literacy

Making Sushi with Chef Maki:
A Presentation and Sampling

Saturday, January 12th, 2018
1:00-3:00 pm

The latest presentation in the North Plains Public Library’s Culinary Literacy Series is entitled Japanese Culinary Literacy, Making Sushi with Chef Maki.

Not only will Sushi Chef Maki demonstrate how to make a sushi roll but will teach how to create beautiful artistic sushi, as well.  Attendees will be treated to sampling of the sushi as well as a delicious Tofu Miso Soup made by library volunteer, Emi Graham. Please join us Saturday, January 12th, 2018 at 1:00-3:00 pm for this Culinary Literacy event! This library event will be at the North Plains Senior Center, 31450 NW Commercial St, North Plains, OR 97133.

Admission is free but a reservation is required for this event.  Please call the North Plains Public Library to reserve your spot: (503) 647-5051



Needed: Holiday Gift Shop Donations @NPES!

Every year the North Plains Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) gathers donations for the children’s Holiday Gift Shop. Each student has an opportunity to visit the Gift Shop and select an item for two special adults in their life.

This year they have 391 students, so they need to obtain 782 new gifts. Following is full information.

The donation deadline is this WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH. With the increase of students this year, the PTO really needs your help.

If you have specific questions, please contact the School directly at 503-844-1630.