Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter; resident of the district for 1 year prior to general election OR Const., Art. IV, §8 Age: 21 or olderTerm: 2 years OR Const., Art. IV, §4 Salary: $23,052 (2017)Duties: The Senate and the House of Representatives are responsible for making or changing laws. Thirty Senators serve in the Senate and sixty Representatives serve in the House of Representatives. Each district is represented by one Senator and one Representative. The sizes of districts are based on the number of people living there. The Oregon Legislature meets for a long session in odd-numbered years and a short session in even-numbered years.Source: Oregon Blue Book Rev. 1/2018
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Bethel School Board and Budget Committee member, Former Commissioner Eugene Water and Electric Board, Lane Council of Governments Board Member and Executive Committee Member. Lane ESD Budget Committee Member
I believe we should create an intelligence unit of the State Police to handle the states cyber security from hackers and we should also enact legislation with strong sentencing guidelines for hacking secured systems.
I believe our state is pretty much resilient to seismic events as best we can be. Flooding in these modern times is often predicted days in advance. We should heed the warnings from meteorologists and prepare accordingly. Wild fires can for the most part be prevented and we should continue Educational programs for all ages on prevention. We must also have adequately trained wildfire units that can respond to a fire quickly and efficiently.
First of all we need to increase spending on K-12 programs. I propose that we do this over three budget cycles and bring funding up to the level prescribed in the quality education mode.
We must address the unfunded balance in our state retirement system and address how this is going to happen in the next legislative session.
Once we do this we can balance our budget through savings, elimination of wasteful programs, and elimination of burdensome regulations imposed on business through Ore.
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Background: I am currently serving in my first term as a State Representative. I have 17 years of experience as a business & non-profit consultant, and I’m the co-founder of a human resources consulting firm that helps employers pay their workers fairly and build skilled workforces.
Key Endorsements: Congressman Peter DeFazio, Oregon Education Association, Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon State Fire Fighters Council, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon, Oregon Building Trades Council
In 2017, Oregon centralized the state’s cybersecurity function, created a statewide cybersecurity advisory council, and launched the Cyber Oregon initiative. These were important steps in the right direction, recognizing that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility of both the public and private sectors. One issue that must be addressed is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in Oregon. To that end, I support funding cybersecurity CTE pathways in our high schools and community colleges.
One critical aspect of preparing for natural disasters is ensuring that our infrastructure is well-maintained. We must create more stable revenue sources to fund maintenance and resiliency investments in our transportation system, including roads and bridges. In addition, hundreds of Oregon’s schools are at high risk of collapse in a major earthquake. Increasing funding for the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program will help more school districts to fund seismic upgrades for old school buildings.
It’s clear to me that the status quo with Oregon’s budget is not working. Many factors contribute to our history of unstable and inadequate budgets, including rising healthcare costs, a large unfunded PERS liability, ballot measures limiting property taxes, and an outdated corporate tax structure. There is no single answer to our budget issues, but reforming Oregon’s corporate tax structure must be part of the solution, because our overall corporate tax levels are among the lowest in the nation.