Phil speaking with Pleasant Hill Government Class
I am holding a number
of town halls meetings over the next two months to discuss Oregon's future:
jobs and the economy, our kids' education, and rural development. See the
schedule below, come and bring your ideas. We need to put Oregonians
back to work now, and provide for a positive future for the next generation
This year we face huge budget cuts to basic services because the economy
contracted so much in 2009. Take the survey to tell me how you think we
should respond. Click here to take the survey.
With school out and summer weather coming, I hope you and your family are all
healthy and well.
me at 11:00 am on June 19th for a cup of coffee at Randy's Coffee, 1250 N.
Main Street after the Brownsville Pioneer Grand Parade,
Brownsville - Find out more about the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic Events Here
Cities and Rural Development Meeting
6:30 pm on June 23rd at the Coburg Fire Station
91232 North Coburg Rd Coburg
me and USDA Rural Development's State Director Vicki Walker and Business
Programs Director Jeff Deiss to learn how we can best support our small
communities. Come find out more about the over 40 programs available to
support community needs concerning housing, hospitals, economic development,
The Economy of Tomorrow is the Education of Today
10:30 am on June 26th at the Hilyard Community
2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene
keep education a priority! A quality education - from the early stages
through college - is the best way to build a healthy economy over the long
term. Join me, Brian Rooney - Employment Department, David Mandell -
the Children's Institute, Joy Marshall - Stand for Children, and President
Mary Spilde - Lane Community College to discuss how to reach the economy of
tomorrow through training today.
-What will Oregon's future workforce look like?
-How do we train the next generation so they have the necessary skills?
-What do the latest budget cuts mean for our schools and our state?
Business Resources Summit
9:00 am on July 14th at
Lane Community College
4000 East 30th Avenue
Meeting and Learning Center Building 19, Room 102
order to jumpstart our economy we have to give local businesses a
boost. In February the legislature did just that, passing bills like
BOOST (Building Opportunities in Oregon for Small Business Today). Come
find out more about that bill and other resources available for businesses
and emerging entrepreneurs. Let's Get Oregon Back to Work! I have an
All-Star panel including John Saris and Bob Warren - Business Oregon, Jack
Roberts - Lane Metro Partnership, Dan Betschart - Lane Council of
Governments, Jim Lindly - LCC Small Business Development Center, Caroline
Cummings - Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Smart-ups, and Shawn Winkler-Rios
Wall Street Accountable
10:00 am on July 31st at the Creswell Community Center
99 South 1st, Creswell
Street fat cats have corrupted our economic and political systems and taken
advantage of hard working people. Join me to discuss how we can support
our local communities and reinstate regulations to protect "we the
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Springfield Town Hall Meeting
Saving a little green has never seemed
easier. Recently, my Legislative Assistant, Sonya Carlson, and her
husband bought a house. Her experience may save you money and make your house
more comfortable, too. Here is her story...
When I found out the highest electric bill for the previous owner was $180 a
month for a 900 square foot house my jaw dropped. Since it was built in
the 1940's I assumed our new home was really wasting electricity. I
contacted my electric company to get an energy audit. They asked me a
few questions about my heating systems over the phone. Soon their
auditor visited our home.
Our house is a fixer-upper. With little ceiling and no floor insulation, we
knew we had our work cut out for us. Additionally, the seal on almost
every window was broken allowing more heat loss. Our electric company
was able to offer a zero interest loan to replace the windows and insulation
and a rebate of up to 50% of the cost for the insulation. The auditor
also told us that we qualified for a ductless heat pump.
I had no idea what a ductless heat pump (DHP) was. Doing research we
discovered that DHPs are extremely efficient, clean, and quiet. They
work by capturing warmth from one area and releasing it somewhere else, which
means it can also cool in the summer. The system is perfect for the
Willamette Valley with its mild winters.
Over 500 customers utilized our electric company's DHP program in 2009,
saving the average customer about $300 per year. For the DHP, our
electric company offered a $1500 rebate or a zero interest loan, additionally
certain models also qualified for state and/or federal tax credits (still
good through 2010). Our windows, insulation, and DHP all qualified for
the federal tax credit which is a third of the cost up to $1,500.
Finding contractors to do the projects was easy. When we were approved
for their weatherization programs they sent us a list of participating
contractors and required that we get a few bids. Generally my husband
and I are pretty handy, but we knew we weren't qualified to install windows
or a ductless heat pump. The insulation we thought we could do on our
own, but found out that we wouldn't qualify for the rebate unless we hired
contractors. I priced out the cost of purchasing eco-batting at our
local hardware store and it ended up being more expensive to do it ourselves
than to hire professionals even without the rebate. Apparently installers
can take advantage of economy of scale purchasing that brings the cost down
significantly. I was pretty excited because we could save a little more
money with the added bonus of avoiding crawling through 70 years of cobweb
The whole process was pretty easy and once the projects were complete we just
had to have an inspector come back to ensure that the contractors did the
work correctly. Then a few weeks later we received the loan
papers. We now pay back the 60 month zero interest loan through our
monthly electricity bills. We save money and electricity, and our house
is more comfortable, too!
Visit your own electrical and natural gas companies' websites to find out
about their energy efficiency. In addition many electrical companies
offer assistance for businesses and low income residents.
Phil presents at Women's Action for New Directions' (WAND) Climate Change
I would like your feedback!
If you haven't already, please take a couple of minutes to fill
out this quick survey on rebalancing the budget. Click here
to take the survey.