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ORP Daily Clips

HOUSE REPUBLICAN OFFICE

MAY 7, 2017 DAILY CLIPS

STATE GOVERNMENT & POLICY

 

Happening at the Capitol this week: business taxes, marionberry pie

Statesman Journal

The Oregon Legislature is slowly getting to the meat of budget matters this week with approval of some minor agency budgets by the Joint Ways and Means Committee and a third public meeting of the Joint Tax Reform Committee — while a flurry of odds-and-ends bills move through House and Senate chambers.

 

HOUSING

 

Rent control on the table in Legislature amid housing crunch

Register Guard

Landlords around the state told lawmakers that the momentum of the new bill has made them nervous. Some of the landlords said they have held off on making new property purchases, waiting first to see if rent control becomes a reality. Neighborhood Partner­ships­, a Portland-based nonprofit organization, is among the groups fighting for legislation allowing rent control in Ore­gon. “What we are hearing from all around the state is that tenants are experiencing these unbelievably large rent increases and it is pushing them out of the homes that they live in,” Neighborhood Partnerships­ Deputy Director Alison McIntosh said. “They’re basically being economically evicted from the homes that they’ve had, and that doesn’t help us create healthy, stable communities.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

 

Clyde Saiki will step out as state human services director

Portland Tribune

Clyde Saiki says he is retiring after two tumultuous years as director of the Department of Human Services, which has the largest agency workforce, and a total of 30 years in state government. “In his three decades of service to the State of Oregon, Clyde has demonstrated exemplary leadership at every agency,” Brown said in a statement. “I would like to thank him for his contributions to DHS and for his continued leadership through the summer to ensure a smooth transition when Fariborz takes the helm on Sept. 1.”

 

DHS director Clyde Saiki will retire; governor names his replacement

The Oregonian

Oregon political leaders said Saiki, 60, has made a positive impact during his short time leading the the department. Rep. Duane Stark, R-Grants Pass, who sits on the House Human Services Committee, said he appreciates Saiki’s work to put the department back on track. “It’s far from being where it needs to be, but I’m personally sad to see him go,” Stark said. “He’ll be greatly missed.”

HEALTH CARE

 

Greenlick Fights to Defend CCO Reforms in House Rules Committee

The Lund Report

The House Health Chairman now hopes to pass a compromise arrangement brokered by House Speaker Tina Kotek that would allow the Oregon Health Authority to set the rules to protect the state’s Medicaid reserves from Wall Street poaching and make sure those tax dollars are spent on community health.

 

OTHER STORIES

 

Patti Smith’s life defined by adventure, assisting others

Mountain Outlook

While she was working, Patti continued to be heavily involved in the community. She was a member of the Columbia Grange, and served four terms in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. During her eight years representing District 52, she strived to be a voice for the people and acknowledge her constituents’ and colleagues’ needs, serving as assistant Speaker of the House for part of her term. “My sister would always surprise people who called her legislative office because she’d be the one to answer the phone,” Cartisser said. “That was just the kind of person she was.”

 

OPINION

 

Editorial: Brown is late, limited in budget ideas

The Oregonian

If Oregonians had hoped Gov. Kate Brown could deliver a grand plan this legislative session that would help lift the state budget out of its deep deficit and define a path toward sustained financial stability, they’re likely as disappointed as we are.Brown should translate her nuanced executive orders to share the larger visions that may stand behind them. Addressing Oregon’s unfunded liability and scrutinizing the cost of public employee pay and health care are solid steps in the right direction. Instead of walking a careful line to the 2018 gubernatorial election, the governor should help her constituents understand why it’s necessary to control what pensions are paid to future public employees. And it wouldn’t hurt to communicate why she must do a better job tracking what Oregon can afford to pay state workers in salary and health care in years to come.

 

Editorial: Tax plan more detailed than spending cuts

Mail Tribune

Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, told the Democratic leaders he wanted them to promise the new revenue wouldn’t go for teachers’ salary increases, health benefits or PERS payments. The tax plan, he said, was “laser-focused,” while the proposed spending cuts were “quite fuzzy.”

We agree. And voters will want the same guarantees.

 

Editorial: Law is not necessary

Baker City Herald

But we disagree that a law — and in particular the constitutionally shaky bill that the Oregon Senate approved this week — is likely to accomplish, in any meaningful way, this noble objective. Senate Bill 719 passed by a 17-11 vote and is now under consideration in the House.  Besides its potential conflicts with the Second Amendment, our main concern with the bill is that it focuses solely on the means by which a person might harm himself or others, but has nothing to do with the person’s motivations. And we’re not convinced that those motivations can be addressed through legislation. Not every societal problem can be fixed with a law.

 

Editorial: Marion County, Salem would benefit greatly from sobering centers

Statesman Journal

We support an effort being sponsored by Rep. Duane Stark, a Republican from Grants Pass and co-sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, a Republican from Bend.Stark said he knows of a few other states piloting programs. but Oregon has a chance to lead on this issue. The Senate should vote ‘yes’ when the bill comes before it. As Buehler pointed out, more innovative ideas like this are needed “that emphasize compassion and rehabilitation rather than incarceration and punishment.”

 

Opinion: It’s not Trump or Republicans; Portland has a riot problem

Bill Currier is the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party.

It’s time to face it: First and foremost, Portland has a “riot” problem, not a Trump problem or a Republican problem. The strategy of appeasing rioters at the expense of the law-abiding citizens and business owners has entirely failed, and the people have had enough of it. Violent protests aren’t protests. They are riots. It is now time for the “Riot Games” to end. Local authorities must do more than catch and release these rioters. As a start, they must charge, prosecute, convict and incarcerate them. But just putting these rioters in jail isn’t enough.

 

Opinion: Rent control won’t solve the problem

Jim St. Clair is a real estate broker in Eugene

House Bill 2004 is trying to fix the wrong problem. As noted by several state representatives, this bill won’t build any new housing units. Other bills are under consideration that are intended to encourage new housing projects, but they won’t have much of an effect when Oregon cities start wiping out the local real estate returns. Removing the ban on rent controls is a dangerous approach to the state’s housing crisis.

 

OREGONIANS IN CONGRESS

 

Wyden: Resist GOP health care overhaul

Portland Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s 818th town hall meeting was almost an hour old Saturday night before he got to Topic A before the Senate. “My view is that the House bill would slam Oregon with a tsunami of suffering that would plunge thousands of Oregonians into debt and anguish,” Wyden told hundreds cheering him on at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. “I want you to know I will do everything in my power, night and day, to derail that House bill. That’s what Oregonians have been asking me to do.”

 

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