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June 29 business briefs

New directors hired at local winery

Newberg-based A to Z Wineworks has added two new employees to its sales and marketing team.

Keith Scott will come to the company as director of marketing. Before taking on his latest role Scott worked on marketing strategies for Sterling Vineyards, Chalone Vineyard and Tanqueray Gin, Treasury Wine Estates, Frederick Wildman and Sons as well as Wine Spectator.

Marna Spiotta comes to A to Z as director of trade development. She is based in New York and will focus on on-site sales in the New York area.

A marketing and finance graduate, she has worked as a consultant for Empire Merchants and has worked for a number of restaurants.

SEDCOR among groups that oppose tax increase

A group of regional economic development organizations have voiced opposition to Initiative Petition 28, legislation that would create a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C-corporations with more than $25 million in sales statewide.

Among them was Strategic Economic Development Corporation SEDCOR, which represents the mid-Willamette Valley.

Explaining its opposition, the group cites an estimate by the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office that “over the 2017-2019 biennium, it is estimated to increase taxes by $6.1 billion, resulting in private-sector job losses and making Oregon’s tax to income ratio the ninth highest in the nation …”

“Impacts will be felt throughout the supply chain and hit Oregon consumers especially hard,” said SEDCOR President Chad Freeman.

The measure will appear on the November ballot, after proponents succeeded in gathering the required number of signatures.