In the midst of working on
the Special Session last week we got the terrible news of the shooting in
Newtown, CT. I need to understand a lot more before I can propose any
solutions. For now I only feel sadness for the victims and the families who
will live with great voids in their lives. It happened at Clackamas Town
Center a few days before and here, at Thurston High School in 1998. It could
I hope that this Holiday Season brings you rest and rejuvenation!
Rep. Barnhart attends Grand Opening of Global Hall at University of Oregon
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's Report on Oregon's 20 Worst Charities for 2012
In case you missed it, here is a list of 20 charities in Oregon that spend the majority of their donations collected on administrative costs rather than direct charitable programs. "The Better Business Bureau recommends donors avoid any charity that delivers less than 65 percent of its money to its stated charitable pursuit." To read the full release click here.
Crisis Response Resource Page Created
"After the tragic events of last week, the Addictions and Mental Health Division has created a web page with links to both local and national resources that help children, families and communities respond to crises." Click here to access this resource.
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I regularly hold coffees, town halls, and speak to other groups around the district. If you would like me to meet with your group about Legislative work, you have only to ask.
On December 14th the
Governor called for a Special Session to review a bill concerning Nike's
expansion plans in Oregon. Specifically, the Governor asked for authority to
contract with Nike (or other businesses that qualify) to guarantee we
wouldn t change the tax apportionment method. The tax apportionment method is
very unlikely to change anyway. And in return, we keep a company in
Oregon that will invest at least $150M and create 500 new jobs with expected
compensation in the range of $100,000 each. The Legislative Revenue Office
estimates that the indirect tax benefit of the expansion Nike is planning
will be more than $30M a year because of the taxes paid by Nike's new
employees and the general economic growth that will result in Oregon. This
revenue can support schools and other core services.
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