Taxes & Budgets

The Portland Business Alliance is always engaged in how local, regional and state governments are generating revenue through taxes and fees and spending those public dollars. The Alliance advocates for fair and appropriate business taxes and fees to encourage an environment in which businesses can grow and add jobs. The Alliance regularly weighs in on various government budgets to ensure that the business voice is heard during those discussions.


Latest Activity

Portland Business Alliance statement on Portland Clean Energy Fund audit

The Portland Clean Energy Fund, which was sold to the community based on a promise of creating green energy jobs, requires immediate intervention with all options on the table for consideration, including repeal.

A Home for Everyone Coalition supports 2022 HereTogether Roadmap to relieve homelessness crises

This roadmap incorporates near-term and long-term solutions to accelerate relief for the Portland region’s housing affordability and homelessness crises

Portland Business Alliance and Seattle Metro Chamber join together on shared federal agenda

This combined federal agenda calls for prioritizing the Pacific Northwest so that both cities can truly build back better.

Oregon Businesses & Organizations Condemn Political Violence

Join us in condemning political violence!

City of Portland budget hearings begin. Make your voice heard!

Submit your comments online or in person at three upcoming meetings.

Tell Congress: Act now and help American businesses recover!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began over 65 million Americans have filed for unemployment and over 100,000 small businesses have closed for good.

VIDEO: November Election Debrief, the Highs & Lows of a Historic Year

Watch the virtual forum event from November 18, 2020.

VIDEO: Election Q&A: Portland Commissioner No. 2

On April 29, we hosted a two-part discussion with candidates running for Portland's City Council, Commissioner Number 2 in the May 19 primary election.

#WeAreHereTogether – show your support with a sign

We are proud to endorse Measure 26-210 in the May primary to help end chronic homelessness in our region.

COVID-19: Federal response update

The latest federal efforts to help with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Portland Business Alliance Endorses Homeless Services Funding Measure

Representing the largest, most diverse business network in the region, greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce urges voters to approve supportive services to address chronic homelessness

Regional Economic Toolkit combines economic research, public opinion and policy roadmap

This first edition of our greater Portland Regional Economic Toolkit represents hours of transparent process and collaboration by our members, as well as trusted research by regional experts on public opinion with DHM Research and economic data analysis by ECONorthwest.

Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community

Announcing new policy committees and member-driven policy agenda process.

Leadership introduces PERS reform – Contact your legislator today

After passing $2 billion in business taxes to boost school funding, legislative leaders introduced a package (Senate Bill 1049) that will protect PERS benefits already earned and reinstates employee contributions to support the future of the pension system.

Report takes deep look at East County economy

Annual Economic Check-up finds disparities in jobs, housing, work-life balance compared to the rest of the region.

New poll finds top concerns for Portland region voters

Homelessness, housing affordability and congestion remain top concerns; Shift in views on city governance and climate change

Portland Police Budget

City tax code change

Alliance expresses concern for increase in tax increment financing for affordable housing

The Alliance is a longtime supporter of the appropriate use of tax increment financing and urban renewal, however it is concerned about the city’s proposed increase of TIF investments for affordable housing.



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economic reports

As part of the Value of Jobs Coalition, the Alliance has a vision for the Portland region: To create a prosperous, healthy community with a good quality of life for everyone. This starts with more private-sector jobs. A series of reports by the coalition shows why family-wage, private-sector job creation must be a regional priority.
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join the growing pnita community

There are many reasons to join PNITA. As a member, you are part of a coalition of companies and organizations in the Pacific Northwest that proactively advocate for federal and state policies that promote fair and free international commerce. Members get access to exclusive events with policy-makers, as well as free or discounted access to events featuring trade experts and thought leaders. PNITA also provides members with timely and relevant news, data and information for those that want to stay in the know on trade. 

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