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Please join us
Friday, May 17th, 2013
for our annual
Dick Celsi Awards Dinner
Making a Difference in Oregon
Riverside Country Club
8105 NE 33rd Drive
Portland, Oregon 97211
Doors open at 5:30 pm
No Host Bar and Jazz Reception
Featuring : Reggie Houston Trio
Special Ticket hosted VIP reception 5:30 pm
Dinner at 7 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Donna Beegle
Dr Beegle was recently recognized as one of the most influential women for 2013. Dr. Beegle has worked in 47 states and four countries to improve outcomes for people in poverty. Forming a partnership with Oregon's First Lady Cylvia Hayes, she is rolling out a groundbreaking Opportunity Community Model with the Prosperity Initiative. As good Democrats, we will leave with a better understanding of poverty, how it affects all of us and how we might engage in improving all or our lives in Oregon by reducing poverty.
The Democratic Party of Oregon’s State Central Committee is composed of DPO officers and delegations from each of Oregon’s county parties. Meetings are held quarterly at sites throughout the state. Some of the duties of the committee include election of the DPO officers, filling vacancies of nominees to statewide elective office, passing resolutions, and making recommendations on upcoming initiatives and referenda. The DPO committees and caucuses are also scheduled to meet at the same venues and at times that facilitate attendance for all of these bodies.
Why I voted NO on HB 4200, the Economic Investment Impact Act of 2012
"This was a hard vote. I am deeply appreciative of the public, who on short notice communicated their thoughts by email, phone, and personal testimony. I thank my many legislative colleagues--including those on the Special Committee on Economic Development--who worked into the wee hours to incorporate feedback and improve the bill. I will list the positive aspects of HB 4200 before explaining why I ultimately voted against it.
I respect the Governor's efforts over many decades to promote innovative solutions to Oregon's challenges. I am in favor of developing economic tools--including giving companies willing to expand in Oregon predictability about their tax structure--to promote job growth. We need to act expeditiously as well as prudently to balance the short-term needs of recovering from a recession, as well as our long-term needs. We need family wage jobs to fund education, public services, and infrastructure.
I appreciate Nike's unique history in Oregon, and I welcome its planned expansion of at least 500 new jobs and $150 million in capital investment. Our State benefits from the high quality jobs Nike offers in Oregon, the taxes it directly and indirectly generates, its environmental and diversity initiatives, and its corporate, foundation and employee donations to the community. I support working constructively with Nike and other companies to help them grow and invest in our State.
Some of the HB 4200 amendments that my colleagues and I advocated for did increase corporate accountability, reporting requirements, and transparency. I strongly support the change in the bill's sunset from ten years to one year, allowing the Legislature more thoughtful debate during the 2013 Regular Session.
However the following concerns compelled me to vote No: