As a retired public school librarian and member of Oregon Education Association I will not be voting for the candidate endorsed by my union. I will instead be voting for the candidate who will best represent me and my family in Salem — John Orr.
Both John Orr’s parents were teachers and his sister is currently a teacher. Orr has great respect for educators and knows they deserve to be paid well for the incredible work they do. John also understands that past commitments need to be kept.
As a representative for all the citizens of the North Coast, John has boldly spoken out about the negative impacts of the unfunded mandate of PERS. Our local school districts, and county governments are struggling to meet their PERS requirements. As a PERS recipient I respect John’s stand that the current state budget deficit of $1.6 billion should not be solved on the backs of school employees.
Orr’s solution to balancing the Oregon budget is to increase corporate taxes because their share of the tax burden has decreased significantly. In the 1970s corporations paid 18% of the income taxes in Oregon and today they pay only 6%. The burden for making up the difference has fallen on the working middle class.
As a lifetime member of OEA I am voting for John Orr who is not afraid to take on the most difficult funding problems facing our state. Orr has the intelligence, the experience and the courage to makes changes in Salem.