We should try to make things easier for families

Mike McLane

Rep. Mike McLane

Families are the foundation of society. As such, it’s critical that government agencies and elected officials do everything they can to make life easier for them.

This week, my House Republican colleagues attempted to bring votes on three bills that would do exactly that.

House Bill 3210 provides tax relief for lower- and middle-income Oregonians. Third-party analysis of similar concepts estimate a typical family of four making $35,000 per year would save $927. It would stimulate the economy by providing more family income for spending and would add more than $2 billion in new tax revenue over five years.

HB 3288 allows 25 percent of the union dues paid by a teacher to be given to the school where the teacher works for in-classroom instructional purposes. This will provide relief for teachers who spend their own money on instructional supplies and dedicate more money for classroom spending.

HB 2411 instructs the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish extended weekday and Saturday operating schedules for field offices. Right now, the DMV is only open during regular business hours Monday through Friday, which forces people to take time off work. These current hours of operation are hard on families who must lose pay or take vacation time in order to renew their licenses or do other DMV business.

Unfortunately, House Democrats denied our efforts to pass these bills. With the end of the session approaching, this represents a lost opportunity to do right by families.

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