My constituents are tough people and proved themselves this week.
HUGE THANK YOU and shout out to all the road crews, linemen, first responders, utility crews, and good Samaritans of our community. This recent flooding is an important reminder how necessary these services and specialists are to our community.
LBCC Foundation Donations were realized at $146,000!
A spotlight was placed on higher education last weekend for the Annual Linn-Benton Foundation Gala. As local business owners, Mr. Davis and I were able to enjoy a rare moment with our community members and friends.
Because of community generosity and wonderful sponsors; more people WILL get the chance to go to college, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity. YOU made that happen District 15!
Earlier today, I updated my Facebook page with some new information about SB 978, the big gun bill this session. It passed out of committee this week. To get the details on what the bill will do, if it passes, head over to my Facebook page:
OREGON WOMEN for AGRICULTURE ANNUAL AUCTION
Celebrating 50 years of community education and engagement. Come enjoy an evening of friends, amazing food, a huge silent auction and a hoot of a live auction.
I will be there and look forward to seeing you too!
Exciting news for Linn-Benton Community College and District 15!
Selmet gifts LBCC with the resources, to expand their welding program. What a boon for our community, the students, and the welding workforce.
"...We need the trained and skilled employees that LBCC produces through its manufacturing programs. We are excited to deepen our partnership with LBCC and look forward to lots of LBCC grads coming to work at CPP-Selmet.” - Selmet Vice President and General Manager Marc Christman stated.
The Super Majority is set on raising as much revenue as possible...Even while our state is seeing record revenue already. That spells bad news for working families, non-profits, businesses, and Oregonians all across the state.
This raises the question: How many more taxes can Oregonians take?
#orleg #orpol #SBD4HD15
LOCAL DISTILLERS AND THE OREGON ECONOMY
Oregon Distillers are a key part of the State's Food and Beverage (F&B) focus.
F&B is Oregon's fastest growing manufacturing sector; 91% employment growth over 10 year period.
Business Oregon recognizes Oregon Beverages as "a core piece of the State's image."
LOCAL DISTILLERS SUPPORT OREGON AG
Grain, orchard fruits & nuts, cranberries, apricots, and grapes - are all a huge part of this industry!
LEGISLATION IMPACTING OREGON DISTILLERS
Current law requires our local distilleries pay 33 cents of every dollar to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) on sales from their tasting rooms. Unlike beer & wine tasting rooms. SB 108 lowers that requirement to only 5 cents of every dollar. This would align closely with the current National taxation rate.
Due to the inability to set their own prices, high taxation, and low volume of sales - 24 Oregon Distiller tasting rooms closed last year.
Despite the growth of industry, sales and tourism - Oregon Distillers struggle to make tasting rooms profitable.
LEGISLATION RECEPTION FOR EDUCATION
We attended the reception graciously hosted by the Oregon Distiller's Guild. We learned about the local resources used and products made, by our Oregon distillers. There were product samples from distillers. The high level of craftsmanship, ingenuity and enthusiasm, exhibited by these businesses - was impressive.
Most donned in purple and carrying symbolic purple flowers - Members of the local Alzheimer's Association (also constituents), stopped by my office to update us on Alzheimer's financial burden issues in Oregon. I appreciate your efforts and taking the time to visit with me at The Capitol.
Below is a photo of my sister-in-law, Darlene, and I - on the House Floor.
ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE - Fill The Crib
Every year, local businesses, offices, and community members - join Family Tree Relief Nursery with this event! This year it takes place from April 1 - April 30.
Several businesses in Linn and Benton County host a box for members of the community to make donations to stock their diaper closet!
Every year Family Tree relies on this drive to stock their closet for the whole year until the following Diaper Drive!