Changing the Oregon Horizon For Years to Come
It isn't just one thing or one other thing - it is all of them put together that will eat away at the very essence of Oregon.
Monday in the Business and Labor Committee we had 13 bills to consider. I voted NO twelve (12) times - twelve! All twelve bills were passed out of committee on a straight party line vote - no compromise, no consideration - just passed on a party line basis. The bills against doing business in this state are so oppressive it is depressing. What are these individuals and groups thinking?
Perhaps individually they each have a good idea - but bring them all together and Oregon will soon look like a dust bowl from 1930. The proposed legislation this session dealing with doing business in Oregon are blatantly anti-business. Please take a moment and click on this link as it is important for you to understand the volume and the intensity of which business in Oregon is being attacked.
As a member of the minority party I can only hope that the twelve bills I voted No on Monday will disappear down the trail of no return in the Rules Committee. However I fear that these bills and many more pieces of proposed legislation will flow from these halls this year - changing Oregon forever.
If our small businesses close and our businesses that employ hundreds choose to relocate because of the overwhelming unnecessary demands on business, Oregon's economy suffers; Oregon's families suffer; Oregon's education system (which ranks 41st in the nation!) will continue to suffer.
I firmly believe that proposed legislation needs to take into consideration the "what then" question. Are we making laws for today or tomorrow? Are we truly considering what effect these anti-business bills will have for generations to come? Apparently the majority party is only concerned about how they look today!
In Agriculture and Natural Resources we saw some potentially good legislation die because agreements could not be reached by all parties involved. Many times compromise is extremely important but it does not always work that way. This committee has worked very hard and been quite successful in passing out legislation that came through on a non-partisan basis. This committee is a breath of fresh air and I thank Chair Brad Witt for his hard and conscientious work.
We have dealt with many very emotional issues in this committee. Protocol and decorum have reigned through cougars, wolves, pesticides, aerial spraying, sage grouse and other controversial topics. But doing what is right is not also predominating during legislative sessions. Bills that had good promise and promises from counterparts were killed today because the majority party determined they could. I was sorry to see several of the bills regarding predators die in committee but they will be back again in February, I am sure. Good legislation often takes more time than one thinks.
Here is a link to a recent article regarding Civics in our schools. Governing
Just observing - do you watch the Floor Sessions?