HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 17, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM  Tapes 13 - 14

 

 

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/ISSUES HEARD:            HB 2252 – Work Session

                                                Informational Meeting

                                                   The Oregon Business Plan – Duncan Wyse

 

 

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 13, A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m. and opens the work session on HB 2252.

HB 2252 – WORK SESSION

006

Kim Medford

Committee Administrator. Reviews HB 2252 and HB 2252-3 amendments, (EXHIBIT A).

018

Rep. March

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2252-3 amendments dated 02/10/03.

020

Rep. March

Clarifies that the reason for the amendments is to delete possible overlaps with the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Community College Workforce Board, and other Boards.

029

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

031

Rep. Berger

MOTION:  Moves HB 2252 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

032

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

REP. BERGER will lead discussion on the floor.

037

Chair Smith

Closes the work session on HB 2252 and opens the informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

038

Duncan Wyse

Oregon Business Council, President. Provides an overview of the Oregon Business Plan. Explains that the Business Council is an organization of 40 CEO’s throughout the state that focuses on policy issues.

090

Wyse

Begins Power Point presentation (EXHIBIT B) and reviews the objectives to be covered:

  • Changes that face Oregon’s economy
  • Long-term economic success
  • Identifying opportunities and setting priorities
  • Strengthening the partnership between businesses and the public sector

128

Wyse

Reviews the four P’s of prosperity

  • Pioneering Innovation
  • People
  • Productivity
  • Place

138

Wyse

Discusses public finance and summarizes that a strong economy supports public services.

148

Wyse

Discusses Oregon’s employment trends. Explains that the main reason for the recession is the dependence on durable goods manufacturing.

167

Wyse

Notes that there are clusters of industry that are strong – restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and beauty salons but firms known as the “traded sectors” drive the economy and represent about one-third of the jobs.

 244

Wyse

Reviews Oregon’s major industries:

  • High Technology
  • Forestry and Wood Products
  • Agricultural/Food Processing
  • Metals/Transportation Equipment

250

Wyse

Identifies five key trends:

  • Change
  • Restructuring
  • Globalization
  • Cost Competitiveness
  • Marketing and Value Added

287

Rep. Richardson

Asks what is the Gross Domestic Product of Oregon.

317

Wyse

Answers approximately $60 – $70 billion.

328

Wyse

Referring to global competition; notes that apples from China are competing with apples and pears in Medford, Les Schwab’s tire recycling center is Prineville can not compete with new tires being produced in China.

States that innovation is critical in a competitive environment.

402

Wyse

Comments on the quality of education and the role that talented, educated people have in high technology.

415

Wyse

Discusses attracting businesses; quality of life and natural resource needs for industry. Notes productivity, regulations, and costs – especially in health care and energy.

TAPE 14, A

025

Wyse

Comments that overall the business community commented that they felt neglected in regard to how they fit in with Oregon’s economy.

052

Wyse

Refers to page nine, Proposed Initiatives, (EXHIBIT C) noting that the full report is available on the internet.

065

Wyse

States the first priority is public services financing and budgeting. Reviews each recommendation.

099

Wyse

Rhetorically asks, what does Oregon want for an image.

126

Rep. Hunt

Refers to the initiatives that require some investment and inquires where the resources will come from.

143

Wyse

Recommends looking for what can make a difference in the next biennium, provides transportation as an example. Suggests the tourism marketing package as a consideration.

Recommends looking at the OCKED recommendations. Notes that the question is what that does to the revenue forecast. Suggests a range that budgets starting at the low end and add additional investments if additional revenue comes in.

190

Wyse

Suggests focusing on regulatory and land use initiatives, higher education and K-12 investments

180

Rep. Richardson

Asks what can Oregon do to provide goods and services for China’s needs.

209

Wyse

Responds that international trade needs to be part of the picture. States that China will have a huge demand for products from all over the world.

236

Chair Smith

Closes the informational meeting and adjourns the committee meeting at 1:45 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2252-3 amendments dated 2/10/03, staff, 1 p

B – Power Point Presentation, Duncan Wyse, 27 pp

C – Informational Materials, Duncan Wyse, 103 pp