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    Starting Strong in the New School Year

    As a family with kids in school, our New Year begins in September. Every fall, each member of our family identifies key priorities for the coming year. As your state representative, I am doing the same thing.

    This year, I will continue to work hard, as I always have, to defend reproductive freedom, prevent gun violence and protect our clean air and water. I will also emphasize three key goals: increasing economic opportunity, strengthening our public schools and forging bipartisan solutions.

    Today I published a guest opinion about these goals in the Lake Oswego Review. Please read it and then get in touch with your ideas about how we can work together to make our state as strong as it can be. You can email me anytime at ann@annlininger.org.

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    Public Safety Endorsements

    Keeping our community safe is a high priority for me as a policymaker. That’s why I am so so grateful to have been endorsed by first responders and public safety officials working in our district and around the state.

    Thank you to the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs, the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council, Professional Firefighters Local 1159, and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.

    You can see a full list of the organizations endorsing my campaign on my Endorsements page.

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    Big Breakthrough

    Yesterday we passed a resolution at the National Conference of State Legislatures urging Congress to solve the cannabis banking problem and allow states to decide for themselves how to regulate cannabis. It was an important breakthrough.

    We did it with bipartisan teamwork from Oregon legislators Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Sen. Ginny Burdick, Rep. Jennifer Williamson, and former Senator Bruce Starr, as well as from Republican and Democratic legislators from around the country. At one point a Republican Senator from Utah—which allows neither medical nor adult-use cannabis—offered a compromise amendment that allowed the resolution move forward.

    We need more bipartisan teamwork like this to solve tough problems in our country. It’s great that work on the cannabis issue, both in Oregon and at our national summit, is providing a model for how we can move forward together.   

    There is much left to do – the federal government’s decision not to de-schedule is one example. I stand ready to work with you, and to work across the aisle, to keep making progress.

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    Speaking to the National Conference of State Legislatures about the importance of our resolution.

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    Strengthening Oregon Agriculture

    Yesterday I joined Rep. Dan Rayfield and Rep. Nancy Nathanson for a tour of Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science facilities. Students in the Fermentation Science program learn in a hands-on environment how to make, process, and test cheese, beer, and wine. They also work with scientists to perform critical research that helps Oregon farms, dairies, breweries, and wineries create the best possible products. When these students graduate, they take their knowledge into communities across the state and go to work to keep Oregon’s agricultural economy thriving.

     

    Learning about beer production in the OSU brew house.

    OSU is playing an important role in boosting Oregon agriculture, and that’s good news for our state. Agriculture brings jobs, wealth, and quality products to communities across the state. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find new ways to support Oregon State and our agricultural sector in the next legislative session!

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    Say cheese! These are some of the great cheeses produced in the Oregon State creamery. We got to sample some of them, and they were delicious!

     

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    A Better Oregon

    Today I published a guest opinion in the Lake Oswego Review supporting Measure 97, a funding initiative that will allow us to strengthen Oregon’s public K-12 schools, help seniors age in dignity, and enable all Oregonians to access the healthcare they need.

    One hundred years ago my grandfathers started first grade in Oregon, and since then, every generation of our family has attended Oregon public schools. Our family knows first hand that strong schools equip our kids with skills they need to adapt and thrive.

    By passing Measure 97, Oregonians can support reasonable class sizes, increased instructional time, and better graduation rates. We can help our schools provide offerings like shop class, computer programming, art, and engineering so all Oregon students can prepare to go to college, pursue a technical career, or achieve other professional goals.

    This is an important community conversation, and I look forward to hearing your perspective. Please share your views with me at ann@annlininger.org.

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    Growing Oregon’s Food Economy

    Today I had the opportunity to tour Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland. The center works with businesses from around the world, including many Oregon small businesses, to help them develop products, run food safety tests, and grow their brands. We had a great conversation about the role of programs like this one in shaping Oregon’s food economy. I am excited to learn more about how we can grow our food and agriculture sectors in a way that helps both urban and rural Oregonians earn a good living!

    Looking at some of the many Oregon products developed at the Food Innovation Center.

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    Touring the Food Innovation Lab.

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    Summer Learning for All of Our Kids

    This week lots of our kids attend school for the last day this school year. This is great news for some families, but for many, it begins a tough season of piecing together childcare and trying to avoid the slide in reading and math skills that happens for vulnerable kids. According to a recent New York Times article, “most kids lose math skills over the summer, but low-income children also lose, on average, more than two months of reading skills — and they don’t gain them back. That puts them nearly three years behind higher income peers by the end of fifth grade, and the gap just keeps getting wider.”    

    Support for summer learning programs can help parents stay employed, help young people enjoy a change of pace from the regular school year, and helps children of all backgrounds return to school ready to succeed. 

    I remember doing the National Youth Sports Program in southern Oregon as a kid. It helped us build skills and kept us out of trouble. I look forward to working with colleagues, educators and parents to support summer learning for Oregon kids.

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    Students learning about history during a field trip to Phillip Forster Farm in Eagle Creek, OR.

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    Raising Hands and Participation

    A great moment in the Oregon Democratic Nominating Convention this weekend was when the moderator asked who was there for the first time. A majority of participants at the Salem gathering raised their hands. That’s an exciting signal that the candidates in this year’s presidential election have captured the attention and energy — and in some cases, grave concern — of voters. 

    It’s also a signal that efforts to increase voter engagement in Oregon are succeeding. Last year Oregon legislators passed a law providing that everyone who visits a motor-vehicle bureau and meets the requirements is automatically enrolled to vote. With this law, Oregon is bucking a trend in numerous Republican-controlled states to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. Between January and April, we added nearly 52,000 new voters to Oregon’s voter rolls.

    The more Oregonians make their voices heard this election, and in the community engagement leading up to the election, the healthier our democracy. Thanks to everyone who attended Democratic and Republican nominating conventions this week, and to all who are otherwise participating in the November campaign and election process. Your vote matters.

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    Participants in the CD5 Democratic Nominating Convention who raised their hands to show this was their first time at one of these events.

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    Oregon Transportation Forum

    Members of the Oregon Transportation Forum, a group of leaders who represent the freight, transit, port, bicycle, and environmental communities, met earlier this week. They discussed next steps for improving Oregon’s transportation system. I was pleased to sit in on the conversation.

    Gregg Kantor, CEO of NW Natural, provided an update on the Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel. He noted that community members expressed strong interest in transportation improvements that could deal with safety, alleviating congestion, and emergency resiliency. Senators Lee Beyer and Betsy Johnson shared their thoughts on how Oregon can move forward productively in the coming legislative session: “people need to come to the table with their ‘get-to-yes’ face on. People need to be ready to compromise.”

    In the coming weeks the Legislature’s two presiding officers will name a joint committee to support transportation investments. Whether or not I end up on that committee, I look forward to supporting efforts to improve Oregon’s transportation system in the next session.

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