State Representative and candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson has unveiled the first cut of The Oregon Reboot - a plan that will reboot Oregon's economy, reform its education system, and restore trust in state government.
The first leg of the plan deals with rebooting Oregon's struggling economy. Oregon has endured 18 consecutive years of unemployment higher than the national average. Last month, as the U.S. economy continued to improve, Oregon's unemployment rate actually ticked up to 7.2 percent.
Here's the plan:
Equal Pay for Women
Our current governor believes that appointing a committee to study the issue of pay equity will solve the fact that his office pays women only 79¢ for every dollar he pays men. My office will lead by example and make sure everyone is paid equally for equal work. (My wife and 8 daughters know, as Governor I won’t need a study to tell me women should receive equal pay for equal work.)
Lt. Governor Focused on International Trade
Out of my office budget, I will appoint a Lieutenant Governor focused on cultivating international relationships and operating trade offices in Oregon’s top export countries.
In the same way Oregon has rejected Federal authority over medical marijuana, we will enable terminally ill patients the freedom to access medical discoveries not yet approved by the FDA, when such medicines have been researched, developed and manufactured in Oregon.
Coal on the Columbia It’s time to resurrect energy exports from this Governor’s job growth graveyard. The Morrow Pacific project will allow for environmentally responsible, closed-container coal exports out of Oregon ports. The project will bring $242 million in infrastructure investment to the state, create over 3,000 jobs, many of which will be union jobs, and provide $800,000 per year in self-assessed taxes to benefit local schools.
Moving Products and People
We need to create a 2015 transportation infrastructure package starting with highest priority shovel-ready or STIP projects. Instead of squandering millions and lining the pockets of political cronies while planning for a bridge that never gets built, the Richardson administration will target priority-based projects identified as those with highest need and greatest payoff. I also believe we need to invest in a long term transportation project like the creation of an East-West interstate highway from Coos Bay to Ontario.
Water for Food and Jobs
Without harming fish, we can draw a part of Oregon’s share of Columbia River water to irrigate 30,000 acres of new farmland, creating 1,400 new jobs.
Fighting the Feds for Healthy Forests and Communities
The Governor is a state’s greatest asset in lobbying the Federal government. I will take the lead in bringing a Western States coalition of Governors to go before Congress, the President and National Media to demand sustainable timber harvests on Federal land. I will not sit idly by and watch our state’s economy and environment continue to go up in flames.
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