Steve Richie for District 5
Oregon House of Representatives
Southern Jackson County Oregon
Steve is interested in local issues. Here are 9. Maybe YOU can add a 10th?
- Education First! Make education the first thing funded in the budget
- Public Safety
- State Government is too big and intrusive
- Taxes are too high. Keep that money in our pockets to spend at the local level.
- Government transparency – can’t afford the scandals due to lack of it
- Health Care begins at home
- One party rule is bad for all
- Rainy Day Emergency Fund
- More local control
It’s hard to campaign against Santa Claus:
Most politicians promise voters government gifts they will bestow if elected. This is a far cry from John F. Kennedy’s profound statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
For too long voters have sent politicians to Salem with goals of turning our community into “Portland-South.” We must preserve Southern Oregon’s unique, independent spirit. To achieve that, we must end One-Party Rule in Salem.
Limited Government, Maximum Liberty.
Politicians measure government success by how many citizens are dependent upon it. I measure government success by how many able-bodied people get through their daily lives without government aid.
Oregon has the 4th lowest high school graduation rate in the nation, yet spends $10,321 annually per student. Other states spend less per student with much higher graduation rates. What are those states doing right?
Oregonians are smart, love the outdoors and set standards of environmental stewardship. Crippling our state with ineffective emission controls and a hidden gas tax will unfairly penalize the working core. Through education we can voluntarily reduce our carbon footprint. We don’t need Salem’s heavy hand.
Together we can:
- Reduce taxes on Oregon families and property owners so they can keep more earnings and improve their quality of life.
- Rein in public employee retirement costs. We can’t tax our way out of government overspending.
- Reduce the chokehold of government regulations on businesses and property owners.
- Attract businesses to Southern Oregon creating jobs and a vibrant economy.
- End One-Party Rule in Salem.