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2011 Accomplishments

Job Creation and Economic Development

Oregon InC – Provides $16 million to create jobs and companies and brings outside dollars back to Oregon by partnering the private sector with Oregon’s universities. OregonInC is on track to generate $7 for every dollar the Legislature has invested.

Connect Oregon IV – Continues making road and multi-modal improvements and make strategic investments in our rural airports, rail lines, marine facilities and roads, so that Oregon products can get to markets.

One Stop Shop for Oregon Business to register and begin the permitting process with state and local governments.

Buy Oregon First – Allows state agencies to give preference to goods and services produced in Oregon when bidding out contracts.

Career and Technical Education – Encourages public and private partnerships to provide career technical educational services.

Farmers’ Markets to support our local farmers’ markets by modernizing state laws regulating farmers markets and direct sales by farmers to the public.

Wave Energy Technology – is the latest step in our state’s effort to develop and deploy wave energy technologies along the Oregon Coast.

Green Jobs growth initiative - an analysis of growth factors and employment projections for green jobs in forest products industries.

Protecting R&D and Film Investments – Scales back Oregon’s tax credit system while protecting our investments in innovation and job creation.

Loans and Grants for Small Businesses – Authorizes the Oregon Business Development Department to make grants to small businesses from Building Opportunities for Oregon Small Business Today (BOOST) account if the business hires veteran as new full-time employee.

Job Creation and Economic Development

Oregon InC – Provides $16 million to create jobs and companies and brings outside dollars back to Oregon by partnering the private sector with Oregon’s universities. OregonInC is on track to generate $7 for every dollar the Legislature has invested.

Connect Oregon IV – Continues making road and multi-modal improvements and make strategic investments in our rural airports, rail lines, marine facilities and roads, so that Oregon products can get to markets.

One Stop Shop for Oregon Business to register and begin the permitting process with state and local governments.

Buy Oregon First – Allows state agencies to give preference to goods and services produced in Oregon when bidding out contracts.

Career and Technical Education – Encourages public and private partnerships to provide career technical educational services.

Farmers’ Markets to support our local farmers’ markets by modernizing state laws regulating farmers markets and direct sales by farmers to the public.

Wave Energy Technology – is the latest step in our state’s effort to develop and deploy wave energy technologies along the Oregon Coast.

Green Jobs growth initiative - an analysis of growth factors and employment projections for green jobs in forest products industries.

Protecting R&D and Film Investments – Scales back Oregon’s tax credit system while protecting our investments in innovation and job creation.

Loans and Grants for Small Businesses – Authorizes the Oregon Business Development Department to make grants to small businesses from Building Opportunities for Oregon Small Business Today (BOOST) account if the business hires veteran as new full-time employee.

Children, Families and Seniors

Eliminating Elder Abuse – establishes the Oregon Elder Abuse workgroup and charges the work group with studying and make recommendations on elder abuse prevention and investigation services, including an assessment of the cost of implementing the recommendations.

Local Food for Those in Need – provides local, healthy food options to women, their children and needy seniors.

Oregon Project Independence – protecting services through Oregon Project Independence (OPI) including in-home and community-based care, health promotion services, and counseling and transportation service options.

Supporting New Mothers – by giving health providers information about maternal mental health problems and increasing awareness

Cracking Down on Child Pornography – bills to close loopholes and update current law to reflect modern times and the effects of technology in sending and viewing child pornography.

Protecting Privacy of Victims of Domestic Violence – exempts records that are maintained by a domestic violence service center that is administered by a public entity.

Eliminate Child Sex Trafficking in Oregon – created the crime of patronizing a prostitute, applying to those who purchase sex.

Unemployment Benefit Extension for Families in Need- extends federal unemployment benefits from between 13 and 20 weeks by reconnecting to the federal process for determining eligibility.

Education

Oregon Education Investment Board – establishes the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) to oversee a unified public education system.

Sets $5.7 billion for funding K-12 schools - up from $5.56 billion in the Governor’s recommended budget. Helped create additional Funding for K-12 Schools which comes at a time when districts across Oregon are announcing school days cut, teacher layoffs and school closures.

Cool Schools – repairs and retrofits aging schools to help create jobs while enhancing student learning, reducing operational costs and building healthy learning environments.

Expanded College Options – allow Oregon students participation in a program that allows them to earn high school and college credits simultaneously – without having to pay tuition.

Cutting Administrative Cost through Mandate Relief – to improve efficiency at the Department of Education by eliminating a series of mandates required of the state’s public education system.

College Tuition for Foster Kids – grants waivers to current or former children in the Oregon foster care system for Oregon’s universities, community colleges and the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Health Care

Health Care Transformation – allows for the creation of Coordinated Care Organizations, which are accountable for achieving better health outcomes and cost savings in the Oregon Health Plan.

Health Insurance Exchange – leads to the creation of a one-stop-shop for individuals and small groups to purchase reasonably-priced health insurance.

Streamlining the Health Care System - standardizes what Oregon pays for when contracting with hospital and ambulatory surgical centers.

Protecting Cancer Survivors – closes a loophole that allowed insurers to deny coverage for certain breast cancer related treatments.

Providing Life Saving Treatment to Low-Income Women – closes a loophole that allowed women to be declared ineligible for treatment for breast or cervical cancer if they were diagnosed through a health provider outside of the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

Rural Health Care

Bringing Qualified Primary Care Providers to Oregon – Seeks to address the shortage of health care providers in Oregon, especially in rural communities.

Supporting Primary Care Providers in Rural Oregon – directs the Office of Rural Health to create a loan forgiveness program for primary care practitioners.

Accessing Health Care in Rural Oregon – renews the Rural Medical Liability Subsidy Fund, which provides payments to insurers that subsidize the cost of medical malpractice liability insurance premiums for medical providers in rural Oregon.

Protecting School Based Health Care - protects funding for School Based Health Centers that provide primary and mental health services to children in schools.

Protecting Health Care Coverage for Low-Income Oregonians - protects the health care coverage of over 60,000 low-income Oregonians who are currently served by the Oregon Health Plan.

Providing Health Care for Kids - ensures that kids have access to health care by eliminating rate reductions for primary care providers.

Helping Oregon’s Rural Hospitals - eliminates the rate reduction for hospitals in small, rural areas that provide essential emergency and other health services to rural communities.

Protecting Emergency Care Services for Kids and Rural Oregon - restores Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children and the mobile training unit, which keeps rural volunteer emergency response agencies educated.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - The budget funds the Family Support and Connections program at $4.2 million, maintaining all but about $250,000 of the 2009-11 funding level.

Environment

Bottle Bill Modernization – Updates Oregon’s historic Bottle Bill by expanding the types of containers that may be turned in for redemption which increases recycling rates and reduces the amount of waste going into our land fills

Wave Energy – This bill is the latest step in our state’s effort to develop and deploy wave energy technologies along the Oregon Coast to increase alternative energy options and decreases our dependence on foreign oil.

Government Accountability, Transparency & Efficiency

Public Access to Tax Expenditure Reports - requires state agencies to report and post on the transparency website the recipient of a tax expenditure, the amount of the tax expenditure received, the promised results, and an explanation of why the agency certified the expenditure.

Audit Accountability – requires agencies to report to the Legislature on meeting the recommendations outline in the Secretary of State’s audit report.

Citizen Initiative Review – creates the Citizen’s Initiative Review Commission which will select 18-24 Oregonians from across the state to meet for several days to hear arguments on both sides of ballot measures and prepare a citizen’s statement for the voter’s pamphlet.

Employee to Manager Ratio – requires agencies to move toward an 11-1 employee to management ratio, which will save state dollars and promote government efficiency by requiring all agencies with more than 100 employees to review its management to staff ratios.

Reining in Tax Credits – gets control over tax expenditures in the Oregon budget by treating them more like spending. Sets limits and sunsets for specific tax credits that were chosen for their economic benefit to the state.

Transparency Website Expansion –Adds the State Treasurer’s Office to the Transparency Website, expanding Oregonians access to information about state government expenditures, audits, program information and revenues.

School District Audits – Changes current law to allow to Secretary of State to conduct audits of school districts and education service districts without districts volunteering for them.

Rural Oregon

Woody Biomass – Allows for a transportation tax credit by green ton for Biomass including woody, agricultural crops, manure, yard debris, oil and grease.

Farm to School – Allows school district to apply for a grant from the Department of Education to purchase Oregon food product and to fund educational activities related to agriculture and gardening.

Rural Schools – Allows rural schools to receive additional funding through the state funding formula with an additional $8 million for rural schools.

Posted on September 7, 2011.