Oregon’s economy continues to struggle and far too many citizens across the state remain unemployed. That is why the top priority for Oregon House Republicans remains strengthening Oregon’s private sector economy in order to create new jobs.
In 2011-12, House Republicans passed measures to create incentives for private sector job creation. This session, we will focus on making Oregon’s tax, regulatory and legal environment more competitive. We will also work to pass natural resource, land use and energy policies that help create jobs in economically distressed communities.
In addition, improving Oregon’s education system – from Kindergarten through college – will continue to be a focus of our legislative agenda. Over the past two years, we’ve passed historic education reforms and our goal in 2013 will be to ensure their implementation.
As the debate around public safety shifts to corrections reform, we will partner with law enforcement to keep communities safe while identifying solutions for reducing corrections costs. Any savings should remain in the law enforcement and judicial system to continue a strong public safety system.
Finally, there are important reforms that must be implemented within state government. Top among these is the skyrocketing costs of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) which reduces the money our local schools put into the classrooms and limits services from local government. Reform is also needed to protect the integrity of the system for all public employees. We need to implement common sense reforms that will reduce the unfunded liability and limit out-of-control rate increases.
Rep. Mike McLane
House Republican Leader
State Representative District 55