November Legislative Update from Rep. David Gomberg

Source: November Legislative Update

David Gomberg

November Legislative Update

Hello Friends!

I want to begin by thanking the good people of our district for honoring me with the responsibility to represent them another two years in Salem. I take that responsibility very seriously.

You will continue to see me in our local schools, service organizations, business grand openings, and community events or fundraisers. I will continue to listen. Then, late in January, I return to the State Capitol for the six month legislative session. I will work very hard to bring your voice, your vision, and your priorities to the Capitol and ensure they hear our unique coastal and coastal range perspective.

With the November General Election behind us, I am once again sending regular email updates.


Legislative Priorities

Over the past two months, I’ve been working on the proposals I plan to present for legislative consideration. Here are three priorities:

1) Small Business Tax Cut. I am renewing efforts to reduce taxes for our smallest small businesses. In particular, I want to include firms that hire part time or seasonal workers. Those are the S Corporations, LLCs and Sole Proprietors that make up our fishing, farming, and tourism economy.

To see my floor speech on this issue last session, click here.

2) Senior Property Tax Deferral. Too many fixed-income retirees are at risk of losing their homes because of property tax expenses.  A state program will pay those taxes for you and be reimbursed when the home sells. But the program has limited funds and equally limited qualification requirements. I want people to stay in their family home as long and as securely as they choose. So I’ll be asking the legislature to expand this program and make it more widely available.

3) Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters. One day here at the coast, the ground will start shaking. How can we be better prepared? One answer is to enlist our schools to properly train young people.

Current law requires schools to conduct monthly drills. But there is more to getting ready than hiding under the desk. I want to use the same allocation of time to offer an age-appropriate curriculum that teaches students how to prepare and how to recover. That can include emergency planning, necessary supplies, first aid, CERT, and community volunteerism. It can consider earthquakes and tsunamis, but also fire, flood, snowfall, or even water contamination. My thinking is that learning is generational. Parents learn from their children. And if we begin to better prepare our students, all of us will be better prepared.

If you are interested in more details on any of these proposals, please email us for a one page summary.


Out and About in House District 10

What a treat to serve as “MC” for Dancing With the Coastal Stars. We raised money for Samaritan House, had good fun, and changed lives. Congratulations to all the local competitors who practiced for months to get ready for the show.

Dancing with the Coastal Stars

Dancing with the Coastal Stars


I attended the ribbon cutting for a new shooting and archery range at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether just north of Pacific City in Tillamook County. Taking a turn with the targets, I placed all ten rounds in the black center.

Camp Meriwether

Practicing marksmanship at Camp Meriwether


Earlier this month, I rode along for a shift with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police. I’ve done these visits before for a better understanding of traffic, crime, how budgets affect coverage, and the safety and concerns of those men and women who work to protect us all.

OSP

Rep. Gomberg (left) with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police


I joined US Congressman Kurt Schrader for a recent series of meetings in Lincoln County. We visited Depoe Bay to discuss harbor dredging and met with fisherman in Newport. A highlight of the day was opening the new Veterans Service Center. Programs there and in north Lincoln County have been expanded based on money appropriated by the budget committee I chair in Salem.

Celebrating a new veterans center with Congressman Schrader

Celebrating the opening of the new Veterans Service Center with Congressman Schrader


I spent an afternoon serving dinners at the annual Depoe Bay Salmon Bake. City volunteers have a real “machine” in place and I worked up a sweat scooping coleslaw.

Salmon Bake

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake


Odds and Ends from the Past Two Months

  • Spectrum Internet Assist, a new service from Charter Communications, offers high-speed internet for $14.99 per month for qualifying households. Click here to learn more and to see if you qualify.
  • The Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership wants to hear how you view water in our region. Until November 30, click here to share your ideas and values about your water and our community’s water.
  • Workers’ compensation costs will drop in Oregon for the sixth straight year. For more info, click here.
  • The Oregon Department of Revenue has designed a new worksheet to help taxpayers avoid unforeseen financial burdens. Some Oregon taxpayers aren’t having enough withheld from their wages to cover their tax liability following the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click here to learn more and access the worksheet.
  • The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public hearing on Biosolid Site authorizations in the Siletz-Logsden Oregon area for the City of Toledo, the City of Siletz, and the Inn at Otter Crest on Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at the Newport Visual Arts Center.  Written comments will also be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, Dec 21, 2018. More information about the hearing and these site authorizations is available here.
  • Small Business Scam: Don’t Pay for Annual Reports In response to a call from our office, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson issued an alert to all businesses in the state regarding sales of annual reports that are normally available for free. You can see it here.
  • No Drilling on the Oregon Coast! On October 24th, Governor Brown released an Executive Order: “It is the policy of the State of Oregon to oppose the exploration and production of oil or gas off the Oregon Coast, including on the OCS, and to prevent development of any infrastructure associated with offshore oil or gas drilling in order to protect coastal economies, marine fisheries, the environment, public health and safety, and cultural resources.” You can view my remonstrance on the House floor in Salem against offshore drilling here.

Speaking out against offshore drilling

Speaking out against offshore drilling on the Capitol steps in Salem


Thanks for taking the time to read these updates and stay informed. As always, please be in touch if I can ever be of assistance.

Warm Regards,

Representative David Gomberg
House District 10

Email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov

Phone: 503-986-1410
Capitol address: 900 Court St NE, H-471, Salem, OR 97301

District address: PO Box 113, Neotsu, OR 97364
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

Vote No on Measure 103 and Measure 104

Dear Oregon NOW members and supporters,

In November, we will see serious attacks on our constitution and Oregon families on the ballot, including threats to immigrant communities, healthcare access, and support services. I wanted to make sure you knew about two troubling constitutional amendments that you will likely start hearing about soon: Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104.

These measures are risky, misleading and completely unnecessary, which is why we’re proud to stand alongside community advocates, homegrown businesses, constitutional experts and Oregon families in urging a No on Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104.

The proponents of Constitutional Amendment 103 want you to believe that it will prevent a proposed tax on ”groceries.” But there is no tax on groceries and nobody is proposing one. This is really about creating permanent tax loopholes for specific businesses in the state constitution. This is an unprecedented and untested change — no other state has a constitutional amendment like this. The amendment defines “groceries” in a way you would never find in the dictionary because lobbyists filled it with loopholes that exempt slaughterhouses, trucking companies, and restaurants from taxes, but fail to protect essential items that Oregon families actually rely on: medicine, diapers, toilet paper, and more.

And that’s not all: Constitutional Amendment 104 will cause unprecedented gridlock in Salem. The amendment would extend the current supermajority requirement the state legislature to far more than just taxes. 104 will lead to unprecedented gridlock, jeopardizing funding for healthcare, affordable housing and other essential services. The last thing we need in Oregon is Washington DC-style gridlock. The only reason this is on the ballot is because a set of special interests want to protect their tax breaks by locking them into our constitution. What’s worse? If 104 had been in place earlier this year, Oregon would have faced $1 billion in cuts to services like public schools and Medicaid, which means hundreds of thousands of people would have lost their health care.

We should be careful when we change our constitution, and we should only do so when there’s an urgent or important problem to fix. This flawed measure has no place in our constitution.

The good news is that the coalition fighting Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104 is growing stronger and more diverse by the day. Your voice is important, and we need your help spreading the word: Can we count on you to forward this email to at least five people in your network?

With your help, we can keep these risky and unnecessary amendments out of Oregon’s constitution.

In Solidarity,
Corinne
Executive Director, Oregon NOW

Dark money group, Priority Oregon, launches new attack against Kate Brown

 

A dark money group known as Priority Oregon has just launched a new attack against Kate Brown. This comes at the worst time — right after this happened:

1. Our opponent said that he is planning a campaign budget of $14 million — plenty of money to use on attack ads

AND

2. The Republican Governors Association announced that they raised $113 MILLION to spend on taking out progressive governors like Kate!

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But here’s where it gets really interesting — IRS filings show that the dark money group attacking Kate has ties to a prominent national Republican organization!

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, “One possible clue to [the group’s] funding emerged Tuesday when the Republican Governors Association reported in an IRS filing that it had exchanged $30,000 worth of research work with Priority Oregon.

We can’t let these attacks go unanswered. Rush a contribution to help Kate stand up to our opponent and his allies.

Thanks for your help,

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Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.

Black Oregon legislator says campaigning in own district triggered 911 call

Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Democrat who is running for a second term this fall in the state House, said she was knocking on doors and talking to residents for two hours along Southeast 125th Avenue in Clackamas. She was taking notes on her cellphone from the conversation she’d had with someone at the second to last of about 30 homes on her list around 5:10 p.m. when a Clackamas County deputy pulled up to her.

Source: Black Oregon legislator says campaigning in own district triggered 911 call | OregonLive.com

CM Hall: Filing for Newport City Council Wednesday Morning at 8am

Source: CM Hall: Filing for Newport City Council Wednesday Morning at 8am – News Lincoln County

I’m running to ensure:
A VITAL Newport.

There are serious challenges our community faces in terms of growth, affordable housing, quality health care access and living-wage jobs. I am committed to working with key stakeholders to develop stable and long-term solutions. I want to see us achieve our collective potential as has been laid out in the Newport 2040 Visioning Plan and continue to grow responsibly. I am invested in seeing our community thrive, economically and socially and be a place people choose to live, work and play. I like to say, Newport: It’s not just for visiting anymore.

 

Representation.

I am committed to ensuring that our city’s programs and services represent all of us, including working families, people of color, people with disabilities, and immigrants in our community.

Access.

I am inspired by all the good happening in Newport and believe in our limitless potential. I bring experience from my cultural work with individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and LGBTQ. I have represented public sector workers and helped organize a veterans constituency to use their power and voice. I have also seen how power and privilege can disenfranchise individuals who lack time, money, or information to have a voice in decisions being made. To that end, I’m committed to upgrading Newport’s digital access so as to be mindful of our environmental footprint and to encourage more civic engagement. Let’s brainstorm new ways to make citizen participation more accessible. I pride myself on being accessible and responsive. Reach out anytime by phone, text, FaceTime, email or Facebook.

We can achieve a vision for Newport.

We can achieve a vision that celebrates a livable, artistic and vital Newport. One that ensures Newport’s beauty and that our parks and bike paths remain safe and navigable. One that is mindful of how we recruit, train and retain a diverse workforce across all Newport’s sectors. A vision that supports access to the library and its programming. Improving the city center and vistas by investing in small business development and thinking creatively about where we live, work, and shop. These are just a few of the efforts I care about. The Newport City Council has the opportunity to respond and govern on local issues. The work of the council supports our quality of life and how we, as a community, THRIVE. Stability, civility, positivity, access, and follow-through are strengths I will bring to the City Council.
I’m ready.

I’m ready to run and bring over two decades of community organizing experience, working for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and on campaigns. I’ve worked in coalitions to align shared interests through collaboration and dialogue. My record of leadership and involvement in my community has included fighting for health care access for women, for worker’s rights, and for inclusive non-discrimination laws at the local, state and federal level. I have chaired and served on national and local boards for both my interpreting profession as well as my volunteer pursuits and I understand the municipal governance process. I value community input and the responsibility the city has to be accessible and responsive to constituent concerns.

I hope you will see and feel my optimism for what Newport is already and can continue to grow and become. I am invested. I hope I can count on your support.

CM Hall is a proud native Oregonian and gleefully makes her home in Newport. She has long been a community activist, committed to equity and social justice as well as the belief that we are stronger together than we will ever be apart.

CM believes that it is her work experience as well as her volunteer activities that have prepared her to run and serve the Newport City Council. Professionally, CM manages dual careers in both the field of interpreting grant administration and teaching. She is a nationally-certified sign language interpreter, having earned a Bachelor’s in Interpreting from Western Oregon University and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in LGBTQ and Gender Studies from Oregon State University.

CM is the Co-Director for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center interpreter training grant and teaches DeafBlind Culture, Communication & Guiding as well as LGBTQ sociology courses at Western Oregon University. Among her professional accomplishments, CM co-created DiscoverInterpreting.com, to encourage those considering a career in interpreting. She also created and runs an active Facebook group of the same name. CM regularly provides training and workshops on topics related to interpreting and for several years provided ongoing professional development for the sign language interpreters on Guam and Saipan.

CM has worked as a fundraiser and political strategist for nonprofit organizations and campaigns, and also leads social justice-themed and fundraising how-to workshops.

CM has been recognized for her advocacy work by Basic Rights Oregon, Pride Northwest, the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest, Campus Pride, the Human Rights Campaign, the Oregon Association of the Deaf, the Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Western Oregon University’s Stonewall Center. CM is proud of these honors as they represent projects and collaborations with many individuals over the years. In 2015, she was invited to present at a TEDx on the topic of linguistic access as a social justice issue. CM is actively involved with Central Coast NOW, Oregon Coast PFLAG, the Central Coast UU Fellowship and The Lemonade Project at the Newport Farmers Market.

In 2017, CM began a three-year term on the Newport Budget Committee and volunteered in the 2017 Newport 2040 Visioning outreach efforts. She is currently a member of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lincoln 2018 class and is one of the founding members of the Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County. She recently proposed a voucher for all Newport residents to visit the Newport Rec & Aquatic Center in an effort to encourage more memberships. This idea was well-received by the Parks Committee and implementation efforts are under way.

It is these experiences, along with CM’s passion and vision, that have prepared her to serve as a member of the Newport City Council.

Legislative Report – May 14, 2018 – Special Session

Chris Vogel, Revenue and Tax Reform

The Joint Interim Committee On Sole Proprietors will meet on 5/16/2018 1:00 PM, HR A to hear testimony from The Honorable Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon and to accept Public Testimony on LC 1. A special session of the legislative assembly will convene May 21, 2018 at 8 a.m. Please know that interim committees cannot introduce bills to the special session. The only committee that will hear legislation for the special session is the Joint Committee on Sole Proprietors. Its work will be limited to two bills: the Governor’s proposal LC 1 and the sine die resolution (LC 2).   READ MORE

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Oregon NOW Endorses Kate Brown for Governor

Read the Press Release:

March 20, 2018 (PORTLAND, OR) — Oregon NOW enthusiastically endorses Governor Kate Brown,
recognizing Governor Brown’s proven record of championing policies for equality and social justice and her
commitment to make Oregon a place where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

Brown’s entire career has been dedicated to advocating for vulnerable women and children. A few
highlights from her long career in public service:

• Helping to pass Oregon’s groundbreaking Family and Medical Leave Act (OFLA) as a state legislator,
• Raising the minimum wage,
• Ensuring that all working Oregonians have paid sick leave,
• Guaranteeing access to reproductive health care, and
• Passing common sense gun safety legislation.

On these important issues and others including equal pay, LGBTQ equality, and racial equity and justice,
Oregonians could not ask for a stronger advocate than Governor Brown.

Michelle Ganow-Jones, Executive Director of Oregon NOW, had this to say about Oregon NOW’s
endorsement of Governor Brown:

“Particularly in these troubling times, we are grateful to Governor Kate Brown for
standing for justice and defending our state’s values. We can trust Governor Brown to
fight for the rights of women and girls and to ensure that the policies of our state
support the most vulnerable Oregonians. Governor Brown shares NOW’s values and
vision for Oregon and we are proud to endorse her continued leadership.”

We are confident that Governor Brown will continue to be a leading advocate as Governor and we welcome
four more years of her leadership.