Transportation package updates and workplace regulations
After last-minute negotiations, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization is set to release an updated transportation package that appears likely to move forward.After last-minute negotiations, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization is set to release an updated transportation package that appears likely to move forward. Details are yet to be revealed, but the package will be smaller than the $8.2 billion version originally proposed. The updated package will still include new revenues from title and registration fees, increased gas taxes, an excise tax on new cars and a flat fee on new adult bicycle purchases. In addition, a new one-tenth of 1 percent employee-paid payroll tax is proposed in order to provide funding for transit throughout the state. The increased revenues will be used to fund maintenance and preservation, congestion relief projects in the Portland area, transit, electric vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian projects, as well as other non-road transportation investments. Finally, the bill is expected to include an amendment to the Clean Fuel Standard to protect consumers. The Alliance sent a letter generally supporting the initial proposed package, while raising concerns with the employee payroll tax. Read the letter.
The Alliance is also working closely with partners on workplace-related legislation. Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2005, pay equity, which includes an amendment that provides an affirmative defense for employers who proactively identify issues regarding pay equity. Predictive scheduling, SB 828, which focuses on providing guidelines for employee schedules for food establishments, hospitality and retail businesses with more than 500 employees, passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature. The Alliance worked with partners to ensure that SB 828 includes a preemption on local government action in this area.