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Business: In Bend and elsewhere, lots of people conduct businesses out of their homes. A guy in Selah, Washington apparently didn’t appreciate his neighbor giving piano lessons at her home, and “[f]rom November 2015 through March 2016, [the dude] parked his Ford F-250 diesel pickup next to [the piano teacher’s] home, and remotely raced the engine and set off the vehicle’s alarm when students came over.” She sued, and was awarded $40,000 in emotional distress damages.
Law: As I write this Friday morning, Oregon Senate Republicans appear to be ending their walkout in opposition to a climate change bill that would, as we’ve previously reported, raise fuel and gasoline prices via $1.3 billion in tax hikes with negligible impact on, well, climate change. The nerds among us will recall that this is not the first time Senate Republicans have walked out this session. The first time they did so over a gross receipts tax. They eventually came back after hammering out a one-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Democrats. If you’ve worked with lawyers, I’m sorry, but also you know that there is no such thing as a one-page agreement about renting a station at a dog grooming salon every other Saturday, let alone re-engaging the legislature on a multi-billion dollar tax bill. One reason for that is borne out by the current debate about the MOU – what a “reset” of the cap and trade bill actually is, and whether Republicans were right to claim breach of the MOU by Democrats, or whether Republicans breached. The MOU just doesn’t have enough substance to it to help out a whole lot.
Politics: As it turns out, Senate Democrats didn’t have enough votes to pass cap and trade even if the Republicans had been around. That’s because three Senate Democrats won’t vote for it. Nonetheless, Governor Brown says Republicans “blocked” cap and trade. That could only be true if a sufficient number of those three Dems were going to vote for it originally, but changed their mind during the Republican walkout, while truckers and loggers were protesting the bill at the Capitol. Regardless of this timing issue, it appears that we may have, at last, found the boundary of the supermajority Democrats’ appetite for billion-dollar, cost-increasing tax and regulatory changes. In the process, lots of rural Oregonians who log and farm and drive truck have been engaged in the political process in a way that I’ve not seen previously. That awakening may prove to be the most important long-term impact of cap and trade.
Et cetera: If you’ve considered moving to Bend (or if you live here already, if you’ve considered upgrading just a bit), but have been waiting for a 10,000 square foot Italian-style villa to come on the market, it’s time to make your move.
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Bend Business Roundup 6-28-19