Transportation package, workplace related legislation
The potential framework includes $5.09 billion in new revenues from increased gas taxes as well as title and registration fees for the Highway Trust Fund.On May 9, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization released a potential framework for a state transportation package. The framework includes $5.09 billion in new revenues from increased gas taxes as well as title and registration fees for the Highway Trust Fund. The framework also includes $1.1 billion for congestion and freight relief projects, including the Rose Quarter, I-205 Abernathy Bridge and Hwy 217, funded through a combination of state and local sources including a potential new car excise tax. Additionally, a new employee payroll tax is proposed in order to provide $107.1 million for transit throughout the state. Connect Oregon, which funds non-highway projects, is also proposed to receive $100 million in ongoing funding, and bike and pedestrian investments will receive $15 million, in part funded through a new bicycle excise tax. Legislators continue to shape the proposal and the Alliance is working collaboratively with our statewide business partners to engage in the conversation.
The Alliance is also working closely with partners on workplace related legislation. The Senate Workforce Committee amended HB 2005, pay equity, in order to provide an affirmative defense for employers who proactively identify and cure any issues regarding pay equity. The bill has passed both chambers and is awaiting signatures. Negotiations are ongoing related to predictive scheduling, which places requirements related to employee schedules on large employers in specified industries. The Alliance is working with partners on the bill, including advocating for a statewide preemption on local jurisdictions to regulate this area. Finally, a bill to address a recent interpretation change by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) regarding manufacturing overtime pay passed the Senate and is scheduled for a work session in the House.