Back to work!
We are already starting week three of the 2015 Oregon Legislative session. It’s wonderful to be back to work, with strong Democratic majorities in both chambers. I’m looking forward to what could be a historic year of progress for our state.
My priorities for this session are the same ones I hear about every day from my neighbors in East Portland. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m going to be fighting for:
Paid sick leave for all Oregonians. Workers in our state shouldn’t have to choose between paying the bills and staying home when they or their child gets sick. Period.
Invest in Oregon’s clean energy economy. We’re spending more than $6 billion a year on out-of-state gas and diesel fuels that are polluting our environment. I’m committed to reinvesting in the Oregon Clean Fuels program, to expand the market for home-grown clean fuel alternatives that create jobs right here in Oregon.
Raise the minimum wage above the poverty line. As it stands, a single parent working full time at a minimum wage job still falls below the federal poverty line. It’s time to lift thousands of working Oregonians out of poverty, reduce reliance on public assistance, and raise the minimum wage.
Pay fairness. Despite Oregon’s status as the first state to enact an equal pay law, women still earn just 79 cents on average for every dollar a man makes. We need to take the next steps to make fair pay a reality.
These are just a few of the issues on which we can make progress in this session. There’s enormous opportunity before us, and I’m going to ask you to walk with me every step of the way.
And I’d love to have you join me at my upcoming town halls. Here are two coming up soon:
In-District Town Hall with Rep. Shemia Fagan
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97233
OLCV Environmental Town Hall
Monday, February 23, 6:30 pm
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97233