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State Representative, 34th District

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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    Michael Ngo

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What do you recommend to make Oregon’s infrastructure and cyber-security more resilient to natural disasters and cyber attacks?

What do you recommend to make Oregon’s population more resilient to seismic, flood and wildfire disasters?

Oregon’s revenue structure has long yielded a budget shortfall. How will you address this?

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Town Where You Live Portland, Oregon
I believe that resiliency in infrastructure can be solved by applying technological innovation and modern building techniques. Cybersecurity resiliency can be solved in much the same manner when combined with a strong education program for security professionals and individual citizens. We cannot continue to rest on our laurels with outdated methodologies when facing modern issues.
Creating a more disaster resilient population can be difficult but is achievable. Again, I feel like education and preparedness goes much further than bundles of emergency cash. We need to enable our individual citizens in the case of a natural disaster. In an extreme situation many of these citizens can be cut off from state or federal aid and will have to rely on their own means until help can arrive.
The PERS system and healthcare present the two largest chunks of state spending with more than 50% of funds allocated to these two categories. The budget shortfall created by PERS could be addressed by reform such as capping the final average salary used to calculate retirement benefits and either increasing individual contribution or using tax money to pay out current pensions while privatizing all future contributions and creating a matching program much like private sector 401(k) plans.
Town Where You Live Beaverton
Your Experience/Qualificatons Professional experience comes from residential lending, real estate, and operating small businesses. Political experience started in 2017 as a local Prescient Committee Person (PCP) and becoming the Washington County GOP Communications Chair.
Twitter @MichaelVNgo
County Washington
Partner up with the private sector made up of subject matter experts, have them provide input, and empower them to be apart of the solution.
Informing, educating, and empowering the people in the field to collaborate for better solutions.
Advocate for financial transparency, accountability, and cut waste. Current Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson is doing a great job with this mission. I'd like to team up with him in learning how I can as a legislature bring more of this throughout the whole government. My reasoning is this. Oregonians are the shareholders. Shouldn't they know what their state is doing?