Oregon Incomes Still 9% Below National Average
The gap between Oregon incomes and Washington incomes widens
We believe this is the defining issue in our state.
2013 Five Pillars of Prosperity for Oregon
Four state issues and one national issue for greater prosperity.
We believe the Oregon legislature will advance the prosperity of our state – our entire state – if it focuses on these key issues this year.
2011 Oregon Champions of Prosperity
The Oregon Senate’s Champions of Prosperity
The driving goal of the Oregon Prosperity Project is to call attention to and support the issues that will help Oregon gain 25,000 new jobs per year, and get Oregon personal incomes above the national average, by 2020.
We also support the elected officials who do more than just talk about jobs. We support the elected officials who take hard votes and make job growth a priority.
We’d like you to meet some of the Oregon Legislature’s Champions of Prosperity for 2011. These are the legislators whose actions and votes matched their rhetoric – they were authentic pro-jobs legislators. This week we’ll start with the Oregon Senate.
Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) was the real deal this session. He not only made the right votes, but he was a leader in doing so. We’d like to call attention to his leadership on two specific issues. House Bill 2700 removed absurd procedural and regulatory barriers for linear infrastructure projects. This bill alone has the potential to unlock huge investment and job creation in our state. House Bill 2700 failed each of the past two sessions in the Oregon Senate. But not this time. Beyer’s leadership as Chair of the Senate Business Committee broke the logjam and secured passage of this bill. Senator Beyer also played a pivotal role in making our land use laws more compatible with economic growth. As the champion of Senate Bill 766, Beyer protected industrial lands from conversion to other uses and other job-killing restrictions and helped expedite project permitting on these sites.
There has been no greater champion of private sector values in the Oregon Senate than Senator Frank Morse (R-Albany). No one has a sharper eye on policies that would either attract or repel private sector job growth in this state. He stands out in Oregon’s political environment. Despite ongoing political rancor, he remains the consummate gentleman. And he takes on the hard tasks. Senator Morse stands out for three issues this session. First, he was a champion for Senate Bill 301, which allowed Oregon businesses to utilize federal tax incentives for the purchase of job-creating capital equipment. Second, he was the chief proponent of Senate Bill 676, which reforms the way that state government budgets its tax dollars. The money will now follow performance and outcomes. Finally, Oregon was being forced by the federal government to create a Health Insurance Exchange. Senator Morse kept it focused on private sector, market-based principles that may actually make the Exchange a success.
The Newcomer of the Year Award goes to Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River). He won a hard-fought election based on his private sector credentials (he’s an orchardist) and his commitment to job creation. His votes lined up with his promises. On each and every vote – House Bill 2700, Senate Bill 301, Senate Bill 766, extension of the R&D Tax Credit, Enterprise Zones – you name it, and Senator Thomsen was supporting job creation. He is a valuable pro-jobs Senator.
The Oregon House’s Champions of Prosperity
25,000 new jobs per year for the next ten years. Oregon personal incomes above the national average by 2020. That’s the goal.
These members of the Oregon House of Representatives were champions for job growth in 2011. They deserve recognition for doing their part to move Oregon’s economy forward. Their actions and votes matched their rhetoric – they were authentic pro-jobs legislators.
Representative Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley). Was there anyone more focused on getting Oregonians back to work? In a word - no. Representative Schaufler had no equal. As Co-Chair of the House Business Committee, he pushed through and supported a number of issues including the linear infrastructure legislation (HB 2700), withdrawal of water from the Columbia River, connection to federal tax incentives for capital purchases for Oregon companies (SB 301), as well as a scathing rebuke of the DEQ’s efforts to impose the most stringent water regulations in the country on Oregon companies.
Want to see how passionate Representative Schaufler is? Check this out.
Co-Speaker of the House Bruce Hanna & House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron. The emergence of pragmatic, jobs-minded Republicans in the Oregon House, led by Bruce Hanna and Kevin Cameron, elevated the entire legislature. Why? The level of maturity was raised. Bi-partisanship increased. It focused the legislature on things that both Democrats and Republicans could agree on. All the job-killing nonsense that defined previous legislatures wasn’t even given the time of day. As it was, both political parties largely coalesced around job growth, education reform, and state budget reforms. It would not have been so without the emergence of Hanna and Cameron, who both struck the right tone of being principled and pragmatic.
Newcomers to Watch are Representatives Val Hoyle (D-Eugene) and Katie Eyre Brewer (R-Hillsboro). Both of these newcomers brought something unique to the table. Representative Hoyle showed tremendous promise as a key member of the House Business Committee. Every pro-jobs bill that came across her desk, she supported, including the tough votes on linear project permitting, land use protections for industrial land, and critical tax incentives for Oregon companies. Representative Eyre Brewer is the only CPA in the Oregon House. From her seat on the Revenue Committee, she leveraged her skills to bring sharp focus to the implications of a variety of tax proposals. Oregon’s tax policies are better and more pro-growth now than they were prior to the 2011 session. She’s a key reason why.