This session, I worked hard to tackle community issues, including air quality, the housing crisis, and uncertainty around access to affordable health care. Read more in my most recent newsletter:
Oregon continues to face sweeping changes at the national level, including tax reform, the rollback of net neutrality protections, consumer rights, and retreating from the Paris Climate Agreement. Find out how the Legislature responded:
This session really worked the way it should – we dealt with emerging issues head on. Want to get the insider info on the legislature? Sign up for my newsletter here:
Oregon’s economic and environmental future depends on us working together to get a carbon reduction plan in place by 2021.
When working people stick together, they have the power in numbers to build a better life for themselves, their families and their neighbors. No Supreme Court case is going to stop workers from organizing to make Oregon a great place to live and work. Together, we all rise
The session was marked by a clear effort to take practical steps that keep Oregon moving forward, build strong communities, and protect the most vulnerable Oregonians. Since Oregon continues to face sweeping changes at the national level, we made sure we were spending responsibly given anticipated budget challenges next year and chose to make prudent investments to build a future where everyone has access to the best that Oregon has to offer.
Many streets in North Portland are dangerous for walkers and bikers -- especially on N. Columbia Blvd. near George Middle School. We need to make our streets safer while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.
We're doing everything in our power to make the Oregon State Capitol a safe place to work
If anything has become crystal clear over the last few months of debate about the Clean Energy Jobs Act, it is this: Oregonians across the political spectrum agree that we need to respond to climate disruption and work to create a clean energy future. Waiting to commit to change will just make the solutions more expensive and increase the likelihood that we will fail to protect our environment and our economy. This newest proposal – to set a cap on emissions now and require us to craft a market-driven plan to reach our climate goals by the middle of next year – is a viable next step. Oregonians will be watching to see if we can come together to protect our future.
The third-party investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Senator Jeff Kruse was thorough and fair. It showed a pervasive and persistent pattern of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior that is not permissible for anyone, let alone an elected official.
The people of Oregon and the women who work in the Capitol deserve better. He should resign, and if he chooses not to, the Senate should expel him.
Thank you to the brave women who came forward with their reports of harassment. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure their courage brings about real change.
Do you want to know more about the plan for the upcoming legislative session? Please join Lew Frederick, State Senator, Oregon District #22, Representative Tawna Sanchez, and I at our town hall next Thursday.
Oregonians were loud and clear tonight: Health care is a right that we will protect. By passing Measure 101, Oregon voters affirmed that everyone has a right to access affordable health care – regardless of where they live or where they work. Thank you, Oregon voters, for keeping the state moving forward.
Every child deserves a fair shot at success – regardless of where they live, what their family background is, or what their goals are. This new committee is an opportunity for legislators to create stable, sufficient, and accountable change for students.
In less than a month, the 2018 legislative session will be in full swing. Please join Senator Lew Frederick, Representative Tawna Sanchez, and I for our town hall to preview the 2018 legislative session.
Every student deserves a fair shot at success. That’s why President Peter Courtney and I have convened the Joint Committee on Student Success to develop a plan to ensure that every student in Oregon, regardless of where they go to school, will have the opportunity to excel. It’s time to come together and forge a path forward that will ensure every child has access to the high-quality schools they deserve.
Here's the latest on the FamilyCare transition: Per my request, the Oregon Health Authority is hosting a webinar and two listening sessions with providers currently serving FamilyCare patients. Webinar on the rate setting is today at 5:30 p.m. Town halls this weekend.
Find out more on the OHA website: