The housing situation is a top issue that must be addressed by the State legislature. We are in a housing crisis across Oregon. People are seeing greater percentages of their income going towards their rent, and in many cases being priced out of their home.
I have personally seen my rent increase from $800 to over $1,000 in just a few years. Willamette Week reported that 0 out of 30 State Senators are renters. While California enacted 17 reforms to create more affordable housing, Oregon did nothing to increase supply or to protect renters. I will be on the front lines to address the crisis.
Ranked choice voting, or instant-runoff voting, declares a winner only when a candidate receives a majority of the vote. Voters get to choose their favorite candidate without the potential consequences of having to vote strategically for the candidate most likely to win.
Voters cast one ballot by ranking the candidates 1, 2, 3, etc. The lowest finishing candidate is eliminated if no one receives a majority of the vote. The votes of that candidate are reallocated to their second choice. The rounds continue until one candidate is declared the winner, by receiving more than half of the vote. Ranked choice voting works well in places such as San Francisco and Minneapolis.
The best way to get single-payer healthcare in Oregon, is allowing those that don't qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, the option to buy in to the program. As we saw with the massive win with Measure 101, Oregonians support the Oregon Health Plan and see it as a vital and successful program. As it stands, those that make a bit more than the income limits may end up in a financial distress and lose coverage as they may have difficulties finding affordable plans in the marketplace. This will allow those people to maintain coverage.
The Nevada legislature passed a Medicaid buy-in bill, but had it vetoed by their Republican Governor. Oregon can make history by being the first to make it into law.
Members of both parties, including Senator Alan DeBoer, have used the current process to delay their announcements and handpick their successors. This is terrible for democracy as it cuts the voters out of the process of choosing their candidate. Potential candidates should have more time to know if the incumbent is running, or not, to be able able to choose whether they will run.
My plan will have an incumbent filing deadline of at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline for new candidates, in order to eliminate the issue. This has been successful used in Nebraska. Those running for office should not try to have an end-around on democracy, and instead be willing to engage their party members on why they should be their nominee.
Oregon's kicker law redirects money from the State to taxpayers when revenues exceed 2% of projected revenue. In 2017 that meant $464 million dollars went from potentially going to schools, PERS liabilities, or a rainy-day fund, mostly back to wealthy Oregonians.
This is ingrained in our State Constitution, so any changes need voter approval. In 2012, a ballot measure to end the corporate kicker was successful. I believe a full repeal of the personal tax kicker would fail at the ballot box, so my plan is to exempt the first $80,000 (I'm open for discussion on the number) that a person earns. Those making over that would only get a kicker rebate at the $80,000 level, for about $200.
The remaining money would go into a dedicated rainy-day fund, not the general fund.