Unemployment is down and wages are up, but too many Oregonians still struggle to pay rent, save for retirement, and fund their kids’ education. We need more good jobs and opportunity across our state.
I am working to create jobs through steps like these:
Investing in transportation: Our streets and bridges need work, and we need to help people and freight get where they need to go. By supporting a strong transportation package, we can create good construction jobs and a better future.
Growing Oregon’s craft food and beverage sector: Our producers of Oregon wine, beer, cider, distilled spirits, meats, seafood, cheeses, chocolates, and other specialty products are nationally acclaimed. By helping these farms and businesses grow, we can generate opportunities around our state. My colleague Rep. Mike McLane gave a great talk on this at Lewis and Clark Law School on Friday.
Expanding our tourism economy: Visitors enjoy Oregon’s outdoor adventures, natural beauty, craft food and beverage scene, and cultural activities. We can highlight these attractions, welcome more visitors, and expand this economic activity.
Investing in education: By continuing to strengthen Oregon’s schools and colleges, we can help workers prepare for good jobs.
Supporting innovation: Businesses in the dynamic clean energy, medical, communications, and technology sectors need a regulatory approach that adapts to changing circumstances and supports innovation. As a member of House committees on Revenue, Tax Credits, and Small Business Growth, I am working to bring that approach.
If you have thoughts about how we can work together to improve opportunity for all Oregonians, please share them! I’ll be co-hosting a town hall event with Representative Tobias Read and Clackamas County Commissioners Martha Schrader and Jim Bernard on Saturday, April 30th. I would love to hear from you there.