In the first of a series of guest editorials by Oregon lawmakers, state Representative Mike Schaufler offers some suggestions on how to get Oregon’s economy back on track. Schaufler was chairman of the Business and Labor Committee of the House of Representatives in the last session of Legislature.
By Oregon NFIB,
NFIB Guest Opinion:
Representative Mike Schaufler
Oregon is still in the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Over the past two years or so, I’ve been asked by thousands of Oregonians what state government is going to do about it. The 2009-10 Oregon Legislature took three actions that I think will help. In 2009 bills were passed:
– To upgrade Oregon’s transportation infrastructure
– Provide and make accessible health insurance to every child and tens of thousands of low-income adults
– Invest in low-income housing.
What we did not do is spend, cut or tax Oregon out of this recession. The 2011-13 Legislature will not spend, cut or tax Oregon out of this recession either. Like always, Oregon will have to work its way out of recession.
How will we do that?
Oregon needs policies that recognize and take advantage of our abundant and sustainable natural resources. We must take far greater advantage of the army of working families who know how to responsibly and sustainably manage these resources as well.Read the full article and discuss it »