Test Driving Archimoto's Prototype 2 -
Getting out of the recession is spelled G-R-E-E-N
Oregon selected as 1 of 5 test
markets for the largest deployment of electric vehicles. Local
businesses receive American Recovery Reinvestment Act Funding to research
and develop electric vehicles and battery technology
Johnson Controls and Entek of
Lebanon received $299.2 million to produce nickel-cobalt-metal
battery cells and packs.
EnerG2 of Albany received $21
million to produce high energy density nano-carbon for
Cascade Sierra Solutions of
Coburg received $22.2 million to set up 50 truck stop
electrification sites and provide 5,450 rebate for truck modification and
idle reduction technologies.
The latest Revenue Forecast provides
hope that the free fall we have seen over the last year is finally
slowing. State revenue - which funds school days, public safety
officers, senior services like Oregon Project Independence, and other
programs on which Oregonians rely - has again fallen, but the rate of
change is in the millions rather than the billions as we experienced at
the beginning of the year.
The General Fund budget for
2009-2011 is down $139 million in revenue raised from personal income
taxes and is down $28 million in lottery funds from the already low May
2009 Forecast. The projected revenue raised from corporate taxation
To balance the budget during the 2009
legislative session, the legislature tightened its belt and made $2
billion in cuts, passed some targeted revenue increases to protect vital
services, and kept $395 million in reserves to cover further
declines. This prudent planning means that we can absorb the latest
decline while sparing critical services from further cuts.
revenue projections are based on the assumption that House Bill 2649 and
House Bill 3405, which modified personal and corporate income taxes,
remain intact. If these bills are not approved, the state would be
down an additional $733 million in revenue. These bills are complex
and it has become clear to me that misinformation has spread regarding
what the bills do and how. I encourage anyone with questions about
the bills to call or email my office or the non-partisan Legislative
Revenue Office in Salem to get those questions answered. The
Legislative Revenue Office can be reached at 503-986-1266.
Our economists have shown us a light at the end of the tunnel, but
being completely out of the dark will take some time. In the
meanwhile we must continue to help struggling families, create jobs, make
government accountable and position Oregon to succeed in the future.
We are back down in the District Office
now that session has ended. You can continue to reach me by email at email@example.com,
but to reach myself and my staff by phone please call 541-607-9207. Lastly
we have set up a survey so you can easily provide us with your feedback on
work this session. Click here to take the survey.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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News and Updates
Update on H1N1
On August 21st the
Governor hosted an H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit. Businesses,
agencies, and schools are being encouraged to create their own
preparedness strategies. Various presentations from the summit will
be up soon here.
Free Online Course on Aging
Oregon State University in
partnership with AARP Oregon launched a free online course August 25th.
"The Mastery of Aging Well: A Program for Healthy Living" is a five-part
series designed specifically with the older learner in mind. It
features topics such as Memory Difficulties, Medication Jeapardy, and
Exercise Later in Life. To get the details on the courses available
and to view the programs click here.
Is a free program designed to give
citizens the ins-and-outs of county services, programs, and operations.
This 10 week course will be held on Thursday evenings starting September
17th. Subjects include Property Taxes, Public Safety, Road
Maintenance, Youth and Families, among others. Applications are do by
September 4th. Click here
to get the full details.
The 75th Regular Session has now ended. While
our main focus was on balancing the budget we were able to pass some
critical health, and environmental legislation that will help Oregonians
live better and more safely in the future.
environment and protecting the health and wellbeing of our families is
crucial to our community's success. Field burning does not fit into this
careful balance and we have suffered its negative impacts for far too
long. Countless people have been forced into emergency rooms gasping for
air during burn days, and in 1988 smoke plumes overtook 1-5 taking the
lives of eleven people. For these reasons I co-sponsored Senate Bill
528 banning field burning. After many years of falling short we passed the
bill with a bare majority. The key to passage was the hard dogged work of
Rep Paul Holvey who represents the Lorane Valley, South Eugene and Veneta.
By 2010 Lane and Linn counties' grass seed growers along with those in
seven other counties will have to use existing alternatives to clear
fields. We will all breathe a little more easily.
legislature passed three other key bills this session to safe guard our
health and our environment. Coal fired power plants pollute our air and
water with nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, carbon
monoxide, mercury, and other dangerous particulate matter. These dangerous
substances have known links to cancer, birth defects, developmental
disorders, autism, and asthma. Coal fired power plants are the dirtiest
energy producers causing climate change, acid rain, and haze. We passed
Senate Bill 101 requiring emissions from energy producers to be no greater
than a natural gas plant. In effect the bill bans new coal fired power
plants, restricts extending the life of existing plants, and prohibits new
contracts procuring energy from coal plants. DecaBDE is a hazardous
chemical most commonly used in fire retardants and is known to degrade
into a carcinogen previously banned by the legislature. Senate Bill 596
restricts its use in products. Lastly, House Bill 2186 authorizes
the Environmental Quality Commission to create a low carbon fuel standard,
reducing greenhouse gas pollution 10% by 2020. Every year Oregonians send
almost $2 billion out of the state to pay for fuel, this standard aims to
create local fuels that support Oregon jobs and investment. In Oregon,
green energy production will pay for itself over and over as we import
less fossil fuel.
We also passed bills promoting renewable energy
job creation and investment. I carried House Bill 2472 to refine the
Business Energy Tax Credit. The bill paired-down support of mature
industries, in order to ramp-up support for new development and
innovations, adding the manufacture of electric vehicles to the list of
qualifying projects. The Governor vetoed the bill and I am considering
what the legislative response should be in February.
efficiency is the easiest and most common sense measure we can take to
reduce emissions and ease our budgets. House Bill 2626 creates a loan
program for homeowners and businesses encouraging investments in energy
efficiency and sustainable technology. House Bill 3300 defines "Green
Jobs" and tasks the State Workforce Development Board with developing a
plan to to create and sustain family wage green jobs.
will require careful planning and will to get to a healthy, sustainable
future. Your legislature is doing its part to get us all
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