State of Oregon Archives: on Budget & Economy


Monica Wehby: Problem is uncertainty in federal regulation & tax climate

This January, Monica headed out on a tour of 100 small businesses in 100 days to listen and hear what is ailing the workforce in Oregon. Dr. Wehby has been hearing the concerns of a variety of business owners and their employees. From ranchers, to loggers, to coffee shop and hair salons owners, she hears the same thing over and over again--that uncertainty about what the federal government is doing in healthcare, in the regulatory fields, and the changing tax climate is forcing small business to hunker down. Government should be encouraging growth, not squeezing small businesses out. As a U.S. Senator, Dr. Wehby will fight for the small businesses of Oregon so that our kids can have good middle class jobs available to them.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MonicaForOregon.com, "Issues"

Jason Conger: Supports executive bonuses; opposes federal bailout

"Since being elected, he's been missing in action when it comes to the needs of Oregon families and communities," Conger charged, adding that Merkley has wasted time on "obscure procedural technicalities like filibuster reform."

He also criticized Merkley for supporting the federal bailout--known as the Troubled Assets Relief Program--of the financial industry following the 2008 economic meltdown.˙ He said that the senator was opposed to Wall Street bailouts during the campaign but reversed himself after coming into office--and he charged that Merkley also voted against limits on bonuses for top executives.

Source: Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian Oct 17, 2013

Jim Huffman: No $2M spending on exotic ant research

When pressed in one question to name a single change he would make to address the nation's climbing debt, Huffman turned to a statement from one of his television ads. He said he wouldn't spend $2 million on exotic ant research as Wyden voted to do. The Oregonian's PolitiFact researchers concluded that statement was false, noted Wyden. "I did not vote for anything that mentioned ants in the bill," he said.
Source: OregonLive.com coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Ron Wyden: No bailout of finance industry, no Wall Street bonuses

Huffman criticized Wyden as a career politicians who has failed to address Oregon's high unemployment rate, revive the timber industry or pass his health care and tax reform bills. "It is no coincidence," Huffman said, "that during the 14 years Sen. Wyden has been in the Senate, unemployment in Oregon has exceeded the national average. And it is no coincidence that the economy has suffered in every corner of the state."

Wyden fired back, denouncing Huffman's support for the bailout of the finance industry, bonuses to Wall Street executives, privatization of Social Security and repeal of the new health care reform law. "You stood on the side of Wall Street," Wyden said. "I stood on the side of the Oregon people."

Wyden argued government initiatives, such as stimulus spending, have helped the economy and saved jobs. And tax reform, timber land use compromises and government efforts to foster more green industries promise to give Oregon's economy a boost.

Source: OregonLive.com coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Jim Huffman: Supports balanced budget amendment

Huffman says he differs most fundamentally from Wyden in his view that government should have a limited role in American lives. He opposed federal stimulus spending, and favors extension of federal tax cuts for both the rich and middle class, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, repeal or major overhaul of the 2009 health care bill and fewer restrictions on economic uses of federal lands.
Source: Oregon Live coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

Gordon Harold Smith: Supports bailout as BETTER regulation, not MORE regulation

Merkley reiterated his opposition to the $700 billion bailout even after the rebound on Wall Street Monday, saying he wanted to see more oversight over federal regulatory branches. “This bill was poorly done,” he said.

Smith said he wasn’t for either more or less regulation, but better regulation in general and said he supported the bailout also because it included a four-year reauthorization of the county payments program.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Oppose bailout bill; more oversight needed

Merkley reiterated his opposition to the $700 billion bailout even after the rebound on Wall Street Monday, saying he wanted to see more oversight over federal regulatory branches. “This bill was poorly done,” he said.

Smith said he wasn’t for either more or less regulation, but better regulation in general and said he supported the bailout also because it included a four-year reauthorization of the county payments program.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Gordon Harold Smith: Stabilize the monster that is devouring Wall Street

The two addressed the Wall Street bailout. “The bill that Gordon Smith voted for last week... it is a blank check. A $700-million blank check to the biggest titans on Wall Street. It doesn’t address the core issues,” Merkley said.

“Stabilize the monster that is devouring Wall Street... before it gets to your street. That’s the kind of action that is called for right now,” said Smith.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate reported by AP on KGW Oct 10, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check

The two addressed the Wall Street bailout. “The bill that Gordon Smith voted for last week... it is a blank check. A $700-million blank check to the biggest titans on Wall Street. It doesn’t address the core issues,” Merkley said.

“Stabilize the monster that is devouring Wall Street... before it gets to your street. That’s the kind of action that is called for right now,” said Smith.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate reported by AP on KGW Oct 10, 2008

Gordon Harold Smith: Supports government help for people facing foreclosure

Merkley hung the blame for the economic crisis on Smith’s shoulders. “Do you understand that our children are going to have to pay back the debt you are running up?” he asked. Merkley blamed deregulation supported by Republicans such as Smith.

For his part, Smith argued that Merkley was out of touch in his choice to oppose the recently approved $700 billion bailout package.

Both candidates said they supported government help for those people facing foreclosure.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate reported by AP on KATU Oct 9, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Our children have to repay debt from deregulated Wall Street

Merkley hung the blame for the economic crisis on Smith’s shoulders. “Do you understand that our children are going to have to pay back the debt you are running up?” he asked. Merkley blamed deregulation supported by Republicans such as Smith.

For his part, Smith argued that Merkley was out of touch in his choice to oppose the recently approved $700 billion bailout package.

Both candidates said they supported government help for those people facing foreclosure.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate reported by AP on KATU Oct 9, 2008

Winona LaDuke: Replace corporate subsidies with community revitalization

If she’s elected vice president, LaDuke says, she would lobby Congress to halt corporate subsidies and give the money to rural and urban communities in need of revitalization. She would encourage public agencies and private companies to work together to explore alternatives to nuclear energy, such as wind and solar power, and would promote recycling and the growing of industrial hemp.
Source: (X-ref Environment) The Oregonian, “Activist Fire” Jul 12, 2000

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