Improving Our Schools
I thrived in the Beaverton public school system and our schools today have the potential to inspire the best in all children. To get there, many more of our children must graduate from High School. We must make sure our kids are properly prepared for the high paying jobs with Oregon companies, currently being filled from out of state. This is going to mean changing what is not working. Among other things, that means: restoring robust vocational training options in both traditional forms like electrical skills, and modern vocations like computer programming. It means modernizing some of our teaching methods. We must educate our children so they have the skills they will need for the jobs that will be available for them. If we succeed in educating all of our children, we will have an entire generation capable of achieving their American dreams.
Creating Jobs and Growing the Middle-Class
We must look at old issues in new ways and offer modern solutions. Oregonians are among the most innovative, creative, thoughtful, and hardworking people. Yet, there is a perception that Oregon’s government has a distaste for the free market and job creation. This must be changed. We must encourage new and growing businesses, not stifle small Oregon companies with burdensome regulations that drive jobs away and discourage potential entrepreneurs from even starting their businesses in the first place. The creation of new companies is at a historic low. The harder we make it to start and maintain a business, the less businesses will exist, the less jobs will be available, and fewer Oregonians will join the middle class or manage to stay in it. We should bend over backwards to encourage our small businesses. They are an engine that fuels our job market, our tax base, and our reputation as a dynamic state.
Helping Seniors and Addressing Elder Abuse
With an aging but still active population Oregon must offer independence, safety and security to our seniors. Too often, elderly Oregonians are taken advantage of by family members, caregivers, and in some instances, the professionals who should be looking out for them. Oregon has a good law prohibiting financial elder abuse, but the State falls woefully short in investigating elder abuse claims and enforcing this law. If we do not enforce our laws, then criminals have nothing to fear when they take advantage of our seniors. We should be giving the most protection to our seniors, not the least. Oregon’s banking laws unfairly hold incapacitated victims responsible for fraud committed on their accounts. If an Oregonian has slowed down cognitively and is no longer able to immediately notice fraud on her account, then the banks will not reimburse her for those stolen funds. This is patently unfair and must be corrected.