Weekly Review
                   Christmas Wish List       
As many of you are aware, this is my sixth term serving you as the State Representative from Albany.
After working in the legislature these past ten years, I've learned how to best advocate for funding needs in my district.

At the end of each biennium, the legislature creates a last minute 'Christmas Tree' bill, which contains funding for specific projects or organizations. Generally, the bill is proposed towards the end of session because the main budget has finally been passed and now the legislature is deciding where to put the last bits of money that is left over. 

In previous newsletters this year, I explained how Senator Gelser, Representative Rayfield, and I wrote a letter to the Co-Chairs on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means requesting more funding for Trillium to better assist our youth suffering from mental health issues.

Additionally, I am working on another letter requesting more funding for Oregon's 17 Community Colleges. Having had two daughters attend Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) and having taught Criminal Justice classes at LBCC, I have seen the impacts of decreased funding first hand. Did you know that Oregon is one of only six states that has had more than a 30% decrease in funding per student? I want you to know I am advocating for our Community Colleges...they've been under-funded too long.

Throughout this session, I have kept track of funding requests that include agencies, special projects, private sectors, and federal government matches. I would really like to support some of these funding requests as I learn more about them. For example, I would like to see the Department of Human Services (DHS) Fraud Investigative Unit, increase their total number of fraud investigators. This money is well spent as the fraud and abuse they discover saves tax payer dollars. It also ensures their efforts will get the dollars to the families that truly need the support. 

These are just a few examples, but you get the gist. I will continue learning and moving forward with my "wish list" as I do my best to work for YOU!

                        Memorial Day 

I didn't feel right about sending out this week's newsletter without addressing Memorial Day. First off, thank you to all our men and women serving in the military, and thank you to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.


I found some interesting facts about Memorial Day from the History Channel. The Civil War had more deaths than any conflict in U.S history, requiring the establishment of the country's first national ceremonies. Later in the 1860s, various towns and cities began holding springtime tributes to the countless fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.


By 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day because of the annual celebration the town hosted in honoring the fallen soldiers.


Over the years, Memorial Day has become a great tradition in America, often celebrated with parades. Sometimes it seems the true meaning of this day is forgotten as we relish an extra day off and enjoy the three day weekend. Don't forget to take a moment to say thank you to our servicemen. For without them, we wouldn't enjoy the freedom we have today.



Have a great weekend and if you get a chance, take a moment to watch this video about a wounded soldier's recovery.


Until next week,



Andy Olson

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