HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 10, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM    Tapes 9 - 10

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Patti Smith, Chair

Rep. Vicki Berger, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mary Gallegos, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mark Hass

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Steve March

Rep. Dennis Richardson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Kimberly A.  Medford, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE HEARD:                     HB 2298 Public Hearing

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 9, A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:09 p.m. and opens the public hearing on HB 2298.

HB 2298 – PUBLIC HEARING

007

Kimberly A. Medford

Committee Administrator. Summarizes HB 2298.

014

Rep. Tom Butler

HD 60. Explains that the Oregon Youth Authority is closing a facility in Burns, Oregon. Compares the loss of  these 61 jobs as the equivalent of 8,755 jobs in the metro area.

060

Rep. Butler

Explains the “New to Oregon” concept.  Explains how this affects small towns in rural Oregon, (EXHIBIT A) and supports the proposed amendments from Rep. Greg Smith, (EXHIBIT B).

135

Rep. Greg Smith

HD 57. States that HB 2298 is pro-active economic development legislation that will bring family wage jobs to rural Oregon. Introduces HB 2298-2 and -3 amendments, (EXHIBIT B).

190

Rep. Greg Smith

States that they want to amend the language to delete ‘port’ and insert ‘industrial zone land’.

200

Ron Herbison

Legislative Aid to Rep. Greg Smith. Refers to HB 2298-3 amendments and explains that the current language is too limiting. Reviews the proposed changes.

229

Herbison

Refers to HB 2298-2 amendments and explains that this deals with the Enterprise Zone property tax exemption. Notes how it would affect the counties; example Morrow county.

253

Rep. Gallegos

Asks for clarification on what a good living wage with benefits would be in Washington County.

265

Gary Neil

General Manager, Port of Morrow. Refers to the chart on page four of (EXHIBIT A). Explains how a specific restriction relative to industrial recruitment efforts prompted HB 2298.

270

Neil

Explains why this is meant for any industrial property; not port properties only.

353

Neil

Comments that businesses like to locate along the I-5 corridor but I-5 does not reach out to eastern Oregon.

384

Mike Burton

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD), Assistant Director. Testifies in support of HB 2298 and comments on HB 2299.  Clarifies that the law does not change the land use, but addresses existing industrial zoned sites. Notes that the per capita income relates to counties that by definition have unemployment at the highest rate in the state; at or above 10-percent.

425

Arthur Fish

OECDD. Refers to the Oregon Enterprise Zones map, page one of  (EXHIBIT A) and the chart on page two that lists the cities currently covered by the Income Tax Exception.

TAPE 10, A

045

Fish

Refers to pages three and four, (EXHIBIT A).

082

Rep. Gallegos

Refers to the compensation criteria.

087

Fish

Explains that these numbers come from the employment department. Explains that the requirement maybe $40,000 but benefits can be included.

097

Rep. Gallegos

Asks how someone transitions from $27,000 to $40,000.

104

Burton

Responds that basically if people are competing for jobs this will drive the wages down; in labor markets where there are more people than jobs the market would drive the wage.

123

Rep. Gallegos

Asks would an employer that could not meet the salary requirements be overlooked.

140

Fish

Clarifies that the company must meet the salary requirement if it wants to participate. Explains that the concept is that well paying employers may consider locating there if there are benefits to that location.

147

Burton

Adds that this program is to provide an incentive to pay more than they have to.

169

Chair Smith

Notes for the committee that at Wednesday’s meeting Mr. Burton and Mr. Fish will be doing an overview on Enterprise Zones and how they work.

180

Rep. March

Notes that this discussion includes two types of compensation, annual per-capita income and payroll compensation. Asks are there controls over the employment of family members.

192

Burton

Responds that the program does not make a distinction on this.

194

Rep. Hunt

Refers to page two of (EXHIBIT A) and notes there are counties that have Enterprise Zones but are not on the chart.

203

Fish

Explains that counties where the compensation standard does not apply have been excluded from the chart.

220

Rep. Hass

Express interest in learning more about how the bill is currently working.

237

Rep. March

Asks does the department have authority to create administrative rules to prohibit a business of all family members.

244

Fish

Answers affirmatively, adds that it would be an extension of that authority.

250

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2298 and adjourns the meeting at   1:50 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2298, prepared testimony, Representative Tom Butler, 6 pp

B – HB 2298-2 amendments dated 1/28/03; -3 amendments dated 2/10/03, staff 2 pp