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Job creators face uncertainty

In the aftermath of the 2013 legislative session, I think it’s appropriate to consider what it meant for Oregon businesses. There are some indications that an economic recovery is under way statewide and nationally. However, the last few months have seen many large Oregon companies either relocate elsewhere or lay off hundreds of employees. This [...]

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Bill would have helped victims of sexual abuse

One of the most important roles of government is to protect the most vulnerable members of society. That includes victims of sexual abuse. Last week, my House Republican colleagues and I moved to pull House Bill 3541 out of committee and up for a vote. HB 3541 expands the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits [...]

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We should try to make things easier for families

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. [...]

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Education bills honor veterans

The freedoms that we enjoy as U.S. citizens are due largely to the sacrifices made by our military veterans. Because of that, it’s important that we honor them and ensure their smooth transition back into civilian life when they have concluded their service. We took a big step toward that with the passage of House [...]

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University employee benefits push tuition up

Education is often referred to as an equalizer, a way that people can elevate themselves to higher lifetime earnings levels and a more prosperous future. But anymore, graduates of Oregon colleges are mired in student loan debt for years after they complete their studies. Tuition affordability is a critical issue, and it’s one that we’ve [...]

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Taxes aren’t the sole solution for timber counties

This week, the House O&C Counties Task Force heard from officials in Josephine, Lane and Curry counties regarding their financial crises. Public safety levies were proposed in those three counties for the May 21 election, and failed in two of them. Many people who don’t understand the underlying issues affecting those counties think that their [...]

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The economy is picking up

Oregon’s May revenue forecast was released Thursday and showed an increase of $271 million over previous estimates. Along with $1.5 billion in increased tax collections we already knew about, plus $260 million set aside in the current budget, Oregon will have over $2 billion more for this budget. As a member of the budget-writing Ways [...]

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Legislators must tackle tough problems

Oregonians want good jobs, safe communities, great schools, and effective state services. On Wednesday, the Oregon House moved us toward that end by unanimously supporting a Republican plan to eliminate offshore tax havens and dedicate the savings to mental health programs. It was offered by Republicans as an alternative to the Democrats’ plan to raise [...]

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Rush job won’t give best results

When you rush to meet a deadline, often it ends up being less than your best work. The Oregon Legislature is no exception. This week marked the deadline for bills to move out of most committees in the chamber of their origin, lest they die. There was a big scramble to get things passed, and [...]

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There’s a hole in the PERS bucket

Imagine you have a bucket full of water. You have one problem with your bucket, however. It has a hole in the bottom of it, so the water leaks out. Which would you do first: Fix the hole in the bucket? Or pour more water into it to replace what is leaking out? In Oregon, [...]

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