Issues

Economic Equality for Every Oregonian

I strongly support working families. When we support working Oregonians, everyone benefits. I support raising the minimum wage and finding solutions that enable us to pay the earned benefits that our workers have been promised by our state. I believe we need to fix Oregon’s tax system so that large corporations and wealthy individuals no longer pay less than middle and low income families, increase the rainy day funds in order to be able to adequately fund education and necessary public services even during downturns in the economy, and do a better job of making sure that our tax dollars are spent wisely to fund programs that help Oregonians.

Strengthening Our Commitment to Public Education

Education opened the door to opportunity for me. I worked hard in school, worked my way through college and, with the help of Pell Grants, Veterans benefits, and low tuition, graduated from college debt-free. I look around and I see that that door to opportunity may be closing for Oregon students – and I want to change that.

We need to provide a stable funding solution for our public K-12 schools. Over the past decade, our class sizes have risen and our school year has shortened. Here in our community, necessary maintenance and upgrades have been deferred, sports funding is paid for by booster groups, librarians have been let go, staff has been reduced, and some classes are no longer offered.

Due to funding shortages, Oregon’s students haven’t received the same access to education that once existed. I will work hard to make sure that all our students receive a quality education and have the opportunity for a better life.

Community colleges provide the community with more than just degree and certificate programs. Community colleges also provide continuing education classes, job training and retraining, and professional development classes. We need more programs in our community colleges and universities to help students prepare for a 21st century economy. I will introduce legislation to create Maker Spaces and Business Incubators in our community colleges to help give our students hands-on training and our small businesses the support they need to thrive.

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