May 20, 2013

Revenue Forecast is up over $200 Million - it seems to never be enough! 

 

 

Less than 24 hours before the release of the state's latest revenue forecast, Governor Kitzhaber held a press conference, in which he expressed support for higher taxes on Oregon business.

This comes after a bad month for many big businesses throughout the state.

 

Integra is moving its corporate headquarters from Portland to Vancouver, Washington. The last lumber mill in Josephine County has closed down. Greenbrier is laying off 200 workers at its Gunderson LLC plant in Northwest Portland. SoloPower announced the suspension of its Portland operations. Xerox is laying off 300 workers on Coos Bay and North Bend. Kinder Morgan pulled the plug on plans for a proposed coal terminal in Columbia County, and CenturyLink just announced the closure of its Hood River call center.

 

These are just the big businesses that are struggling, and does not include all the small businesses throughout Oregon that are also having a hard time right now.

 

Calling for higher taxes on businesses sends the wrong signal to job creators at a time when Oregonians need jobs more than ever.

The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) reforms that the governor has signed are a good first step. But they don't solve the problem.

 

I've been saying for years that our state government needs to get its spending in line before asking anyone for more taxes. PERS costs affect every school district, city and county in the state. We need to fix those issues immediately, instead of continuing to kick that can down the road.
 
 

HB 3014 Flag Bill Update

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Good morning

 

HB 3014  - the Flag Bill - is currently in Sen. Mark Hass committee in Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development.  https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Overview/HB3014

 

 

The bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing and a work session.

 

Please contact Senator Hass and encourage him to hear the bill and schedule a work session so legislators can decide whether to approve the changes to existing statue ORS 339.875 which gives specific direction to our schools regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/339.html

 

 

HB 3014 clarifies the wording in existing statue so students are lead or lead the flag salute daily.  Presently the statue is vague enough that interpretation is left to administration to determine the meaning of opportunity.

 

When contacting Senator Hass office, please be polite, firm in your conviction, and clearly express your reasons for requesting a hearing and a work session on this important legislationSen.markhass@state.or.us 503-986-1714     

 

Thank you for your continued support on this issue.