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Dear Friends,

I grew up loving Oregon. It was a place where our careers, families, and communities were thriving. Today we experience a different Oregon - one with a failing economy, sky-high unemployment, and a faltering education system. But together we can get Oregon back on track. As your State Representative, I'm working for you to make Oregon vibrant once again, because our state can be a trailblazer in our nation's recovery. Please join me - our future depends on it.

 
Dear Friends,I authored the following op-ed piece that appeared recently in local newspapers -what are your ideas for improving middle-class jobs and incomes for Oregonians?
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Practical Steps to Improve Middle-Class Incomes and Jobs for Oregonians
By State Representative John Davis
     Too few Oregonians are working for too little pay, contributing to income inequality and a stagnating middle-class. That’s what recent data shows, but it’s a trend we can reverse to make Oregon a regional jobs powerhouse.

The troubling facts: July 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics information shows labor force participation in Oregon is nearly 2 points lower than the U.S. average. There would be as many as 61,000 more Oregonians in the labor force if we hit this mark. Moreover, recent Census Bureau data shows Oregonians’ personal income is now 10 percent lower than the U.S. average – amounting to more than $4,000 a year in lost wages for Oregonians. Economists are noting that income inequality increases most steeply in states with the weakest employment growth, so while Oregon may be adding jobs (although not fast enough), we continue to lag in labor participation and personal incomes, the hallmarks of a strong middle-class.
What can we do to add jobs and increase middle-class incomes?

 

First, invest in education and infrastructure as our top budgetary priorities. We can put teachers in classrooms and have construction workers building our highways immediately, while maintaining a balanced budget. For example, Oregon’s transportation department gets less than $20 million from our $16 billion general fund. We can tighten our belts in dozens of inefficient agencies and allocate existing resources to pave thousands of miles of Oregon highways and county roads, and put thousands of Oregonians to work.

 

Second, we can relieve the financial burden we place on Oregon workers, which takes money out of our pockets and the private-sector economy. Oregon’s income tax burden, capital gains tax rate and estate taxes rank among the top five states in each category. We also impose these high rates on some of the lowest levels of incomes in the U.S. The poor and middle-class get taxed early and often on their wages. Economists tell us we can create jobs immediately by doubling the lowest two income brackets and providing a per-child tax credit for working families.

 

Third, help Oregon small businesses hire the unemployed. By partnering with employers in targeted career transition initiatives, we can provide long-term unemployed Oregonians with a bridge to stable careers. At the same time, this creates a more talented and attractive workforce for our employers.

 

Finally, we can utilize Oregon’s natural assets (land, water and forests) in sustainable, responsible ways. Unfortunately, extreme environmental lawyers have helped create overgrown, burning forests on the one hand while limiting access to vital water and land on the other. We know that reasonable access to our resources can actually help stave off environmental disasters, while creating some of the best careers and long-term employment prospects for rural Oregonians.

 

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Dear Friends & Family,
We have 89 days until election day, and I am excited to announce the opening of my new campaign office in historic Old Town Sherwood!  We are setting up this week, will be open by next week, and look for the open house in early September.

John Davis For Oregon
Campaign Headquarters

22462 SW Washington Street
Sherwood, Oregon 97140

The office is just around the corner from Symposium, the Library, Saturday Market, Clancy’s, Cannery Square, and the slice of Americana that is Old Town Sherwood.

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Contact: Justin McClain

509-499-7087

justin@johndavisfororegon.com

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DAVIS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW SHERWOOD CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS

Sherwood, OR - Representative John Davis today announced plans to open a new office in Sherwood. The office, set to open next Wednesday August 13th, will serve as headquarters for the John Davis for Oregon reelection campaign.
“There is tremendous energy in and around the district in anticipation of this November’s election,” said Representative Davis. “This office will be a fantastic resource for our campaign, an investment in historic Old Town Sherwood, and a physical location where constituents can come to share their views and receive the services I can offer as their State Representative.  I look forward to keeping the office in place after Election Day to serve constituents and support our community.”
The new office will be hosting an open house on September 13th. Further details on the open house will be set at a later date. Those interested in volunteering should call or email Justin McLain, Representative John Davis’ Campaign Manager at (509) 499-7087 orjustin@johndavisfororegon.com.
Representative Davis, who is running for a second term in the Oregon House of Representatives, believes Oregonians deserve a Representative who will champion pro-growth economic reform, excellence in our education system, transparency in campaign finance, and accountability from our state government.
For more information, please visit www.johndavisfororegon.com.
John Davis for Oregon

Campaign Headquarters

22462 SW Washington St.

Sherwood, OR 97140

 

Dear Friends,
With less than 100 days until Election Day 2014, the race for the Oregon Legislature is in full swing. Pundits and experts argue this is a “toss-up” year in Oregon where the House, in which I serve, could end up being controlled by either Republicans or Democrats. What will I stand for if elected again by the voters of House District 26 (Wilsonville, Sherwood, King City, Tigard, Beaverton, Bull Mountain, Aloha, and Hillsboro)?
Economic Revitalization: Supporting Oregon Jobs First

Oregon is blessed with some of the nation’s most abundant natural resources, available land, intrinsic beauty, and dedicated citizens. Oregon has the ability to lead the nation in this economic recovery, but instead we lag behind our neighbors. By streamlining our regulatory environment, focusing on our natural strengths, closing Oregon’s tax traps, and incentivizing individuals and small businesses to create jobs, Oregon can be a pioneer in the nation’s recovery.

Intelligent Education: Supporting Kids First

Schools around the country are demonstrating that intelligent education reforms focusing on kids first make a lasting impact. All the while, Oregon continues down the same old path, languishing in education funding and student achievement, and failing to truly educate and train our next generation. We can reach bipartisan solutions to turn our schools and communities into vibrant learning environments that prepare students for the careers of the future.

Back to Basic Spending: Supporting What Matters First

Our roads are crumbling, traffic jams get worse, and we continue to face yearly “crises” in funding for basic services. At the same time, in the past fifteen years the Oregon State Budget has doubled to over $61 billion. Instead of spending on what matters, our state continues to pour money into pet projects and bureaucracy. It’s time to return to our basic priorities: schools, police, roads and an infrastructure to serve our next generation.

Uncovering Money & Special Interests in Politics: Supporting the Public First

I sponsored and we passed legislation requiring unions, corporations, and special interests to disclose political spending in Oregon. Then, I championed equal public access to the ballot in local elections . We can take further steps to uncover money in politics and keep Oregon working for its citizens and the public first.

Take the first step: volunteer, give a personal donation, call, or tell a friend.

How You Can Help: Join Us Saturday for Our Multi Campaign SuperWalk! Support our Hillsboro candidates and elected officials Senator Bruce Starr, Mark Richman, Dan Mason, and Rep. John Davis
9:30am Saturday August 2 at Campaign Headquarters

250 SE Washington Hillsboro OR 97124
Friends – with less than three months until ballots are delivered, it is time to get involved. Click here to donate your $50 (single) or $100 (married couple) Oregon Political Tax Credit – most Oregonians are eligible to recieve a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your next return. Contact your tax advisor for details.
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