Representative Paul Holvey
District 8

Phone: 503-986-1408    900 Court St. NE, H-275, Salem Oregon 97301
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End of Session E-Newsletter                             

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


The 76th Legislative Session adjourned at 2:45pm on June 30, 2011 after balancing the budget and finding agreement on both the state and federal redistricting plans. It has been a tough session and Oregon's budget still faces tremendous demands in providing services for seniors, people with disabilities, and others struggling to make ends meet. Because revenues for government services tend to lag behind recessions and boom cycles, we will continue to see inadequate budgets for schools and human services, even though businesses are finally getting back on their feet. 


Although some of our neighbors remain unemployed, many factors signal an improving economy. Driving forces behind Oregon's brightening economic picture are increasing growth in exports by Oregon companies and the creation of over 16,000 jobs in Oregon in the past six months.  We have the seventh fastest job growth in the nation. The state’s unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point and nearly 2,500 unemployed Oregonians have earned National Career Readiness certification for high-demand jobs. Companies like Solopower, Intel, U.S. Geothermal, Facebook, Shimadzu, and Vigor Industrial have announced new Oregon plants, acquisitions, jobs, and capital investment. Further, Standard and Poor's boosted Oregon’s credit rating to AA+ thanks in part to our fiscally sound budgeting. Oregon has also been awarded Forbes top 10 ranking on the list of Best States for Business.


As we move into the interim, I want you to know that I will continue to focus on ways we can drive Oregon out of this recession by investing in an educated and skilled workforce and increasing capital access for our local businesses, while also lending a hand to families who are struggling.  We have to continue to search for better ways to fund education in Oregon as it is critical to our economy.


In this e-newsletter you will find:

  1. Access to Business Capital
  2. Strengthening Oregon’s Workforce
  3. Economic Development and Jobs Bills
  4. Investing in Oregon
  5. Summer Road Construction
  6. GG&CP Committee Summary
  7. Winery Legislation
  8. Health Insurance Exchange
  9. Redistricting
  10. Resources


Throughout the session I have tried to keep you apprised of legislation I have been working on and about issues of general interest; I hope this has been helpful and informative. As always, feel free to share your comments, questions or concerns with me by phone, mail or e-mail: (541) 344-5636 or You can also become a fan on my Facebook page where you can see instant news updates from the Capitol. 





Paul Holvey





Access to Business Capital


Constituents have told me time and time again that we need to remove barriers to loans and increase access to capital for Oregon’s small businesses. SB 494 will help local businesses by continuing the Access to Business Capital Act. The Act provides Business Oregon (the state’s economic development agency) more flexibility in administering their development funds. Locally, Ninkasi Brewing has obtained a loan to expand their bottling line, and they plan to create at least 17 new jobs.  If you own a businesses and are interested in applying for financing through the Oregon Business Development Department check out available programs here.


A concept to create a State Bank to invest in Oregon businesses was introduced this session.  This concept was refined in HB 3452 creating the Economic Development Finance Authority.  It would have provided better access to public funds for Oregon investment purposes. Unfortunately the bill was never brought to a vote on the house floor.  The legislature will continue working on this concept during the interim and I have hopes that we can pass this policy next session.




Strengthening Oregon’s Workforce


Oregon’s economic health is fundamentally linked to the availability of a skilled workforce. By integrating state resources and higher education infrastructure with innovative new jobs programs, Oregon can tackle unemployment while investing in the long-term skills and talents of state residents.


SB 175 helps our businesses meet their workforce demands while allowing workers to get the skills they need to fill the jobs of our future. The bill will create the Oregon Employer Workforce Training Fund, which will help Oregon businesses find cost effective ways to meet worker training needs while increasing business competitiveness. Companies with similar needs can be brought together to more efficiently leverage training dollars, rather than each company investing separately. Matching funds from companies would stretch this public investment and training would be provided at times and places convenient to workers in order to increase participation and completion.


The bill also creates the Oregon Youth Employment Program, which will help young people learn job skills through on-the-job experience. Currently, Oregon youth face an unemployment rate of over 30 percent and stiff competition for entry level jobs. This program will provide critical work experiences for youth while allowing them to earn high school and college credits, become job-ready, and earn money to support themselves. Businesses benefit by building their future workforce while gaining the contributions of these young workers.


One of the best ways to strengthen our workforce is to revitalize Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs so students can develop the practical skills that employers are consistently demanding. HB 3362 encourages partnerships to provide CTE services to make sure Oregon’s workforce is prepared for the jobs of the future. With the anticipated growth in numerous high-skill industries in Oregon, it is especially critical that CTE programs be enhanced to equip students to compete for high-wage jobs in emerging and evolving high growth industries, like renewable energy and health care.  The CTE programs will help foster homegrown businesses in Oregon and attract new businesses to the state.  




Economic Development & Jobs Bills

Urging Congress to continue timber payments – HJM 25
Oregon received $230 million in payments for 2008 from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, with schools receiving $33 million of that money. Without congressional continuation of the Act, current reauthorization of county payments ends with one final payment at the end of 2011.

Cool Schools – HB 2960
By improving energy efficiency in our schools, we can save scarce education dollars, improve the classroom environment for our kids, and create significant job growth in the energy efficient retrofitting industry.

One Stop Shop – HB 3247
Creates a centralized "One Stop Shop" for Business to get up and running in Oregon and makes it easier for business owner to renew necessary paperwork.

Farmers' Markets – HB 2336
Supports small local farmers and the growth of famers' markets by modernizing state laws regulating farmers markets and direct sales by farmers to the public.

Green Jobs – HB 2840
Expands the green jobs growth initiative to include an analysis of growth factors and employment projections for green jobs in forest products industries.

Special Public Works Fund – HB 2069
Helps local communities access capital for infrastructure projects, creating jobs.




Investing in Oregon


The PEW Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation recently released a report highlighting Oregon for our thriving transportation and infrastructure investments.  They found that these projects have a high return on investment for taxpayers, promote economic growth, and advance multi-modal mobility on Oregon roads.  The report, titled "Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road to Results," also finds that Oregon lawmakers have been judicious and fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars. To read the PEW Center's full report  go here



Summer Road Construction


In related news, the summer marks the start of the heavy construction season for state and local highway, road, street and bridge projects.  The Oregon Department of Transportation has released this year’s state construction map, which illustrates all the work taking place over the summer. The map is available online here.


General Government and Consumer Protection Committee Summary

The House Committee on General Government and Consumer Protection, which I co-chaired, tackled some tough issues during the 76th Legislative Session. Here are some interesting committee statistics:

There were 204 House bills and 37 Senate bills referred to the committee. We passed out 94 bills and send 59 of them to the House Floor for consideration. We held public hearings on 50 percent of the bills and passed 39 percent of the bills referred to our committee.


Notable bills that came through my committee:


Increasing Transparency - To prevent fraud and waste of public resources and to ensure that Oregonians get the greatest return on our investment, the legislature passed HB 2825. This bill will improve the transparency of Oregon’s economic development tax incentives by requiring the Department of Administrative Services to post information on the state transparency website about who receives economic development tax incentives, how much they received, and what the business did to receive the incentive.


Buy Oregon First – HB 3000 allows state agencies to give preference to goods and services produced in Oregon when bidding out contracts. This bill will help Oregon businesses by encouraging the development and growth of our local supply chains, helping to create local jobs and revitalizing our state’s economy.


Achieving Management Efficiency - HB 2020 will require state agencies to begin moving toward an 11-1 employee to management ratio. This will save state dollars and promote government efficiency by requiring all agencies with more than 100 employees to review its management to staff ratios, as well as the job descriptions for those positions.



Winery Legislation


Oregon is regarded internationally as a leader in the production of fine wines.  Our wine industry has developed into one of our State’s most important agricultural producers and fastest growing industries, but the statutes that define our wineries have become outdated.


I introduced and chief sponsored HB 3280, updating statute to reflect the growth and changing business models of Oregon’s wine industry, while maintaining the integrity of agricultural land use policy.  HB 3280 has found balance by allowing some activities, such as a restaurant, on large wineries where their primary purpose of agriculture and wine production is well established and their size mitigates potential impacts to surrounding areas.  


I also helped pass SB 960, which would allow farmers to supplement their farm income with secondary commercial activities without threatening the underlying agriculture use.

Health Insurance Exchange


SB 99 sets the framework for a health insurance exchange, which is a central marketplace for health insurance that provides one-stop shopping for individuals and small businesses to compare rates and benefits among plans. Consumers will be able to review plan options either through a Web site or with the assistance of a community-based organization designed to help individuals find the best insurance plan for their needs. The Exchange will also allow qualified businesses and individuals to access federal tax credits available in 2014 to help make premiums more affordable.





For the first time in a century, the Oregon Legislature reached agreement on both the legislative and congressional redistricting maps with the passage of SB 989 and SB 990. The maps are based on hours of public testimony and they honor the statutory requirements to create districts of equal population, while not dividing communities of interest. The changes in districts will take effect in the 2012 election cycle.  I am honored to have served on the Joint Redistricting Committee that developed these proposals.

Some of the changes to House District 8 include: a shift of the university neighborhood East of Hilyard Street from District 8 to District 11, a portion downtown North of 11th Avenue will mostly be shifted to District 13, some of the neighborhood around McCormick Elementary School and Churchill High School will be shifted to district 14, a neighborhood between West Amazon and Willamette Street in South Eugene will be shifted to District 8 from District 11, rural areas around Creswell, Cottage Grove, Walton, Elmira and Alvadore will be added to District 8.  For more details, look at the redistricting maps.  It has been an honor to serve these neighborhoods and I look forward to serving the new neighborhoods in District 8 in the future.



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