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by Jessica Vega Pederson

The 2016 Legislative session has just adjourned. In one short month, we’ve made remarkable progress!

  • We raised the minimum wage! Oregon’s leading the nation with the most aggressive plan for raising the minimum wage so no one working full time has to live in poverty.

  • We passed the Clean Energy and Coal Transition bill to transition Oregon off coal power by 2030 – and dramatically increase the renewables in our energy mix by 2040.

  • Our marriage statute has been updated with gender neutral language.

  • Law enforcement now has the tools needed to crack down on fraudulent immigration consultants who prey on vulnerable communities.

  • We allowed local governments to require developers to set aside affordable housing in every corner of every city. At the County I’m going to push hard for more affordable homes in Multnomah County.

  • We secured renter protections, such as 90-day notices for rent increases – and no rent increases for the first year of month-to-month tenancies. This legislation provides the protections renters deserve and will help keep families in their homes – instead of on the streets and in shelters.

  • We fought for a clean energy economy that works for everyone – and we made huge steps forward for equality.

The future is bright for Oregon, and I look forward to building on this progress for Multnomah County.

Posted on March 4, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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