State Policy

Contact: Patti Whitney-Wise

Executive Director

Email, (503) 595-5501, ext. 302

2015 Policy Recommendations

We all want to live in a more prosperous, stable Oregon where everyone can afford the essentials for a healthy, full life. Our legislative priorities this session will give more Oregonians an opportunity to build a brighter future. 

We're asking legislators to: 

Make work pay:

  • Increase job training and education for better–paying jobs and gradually increase the minimum wage so that families can afford food and other essentials.
  • Expand and extend tax credits for families with low incomes, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help cover basic living expenses.

Strengthen basic supports in the interim:

  • Use state funds for the reduced-price lunch co-pay so more students have access to the nutrition they need to do well in school.
  • Provide additional support through the Oregon Hunger Response Fund to extend emergency assistance to more families.
  • Fund incentives for women, children and seniors with low incomes so they can access more fruits and vegetables.
  • Expand funding for stable housing, including additions to the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and State Housing Assistance Program (SHAP).

Support those who are unable to work:

  • Pilot a General Assistance program for single adults to help them with a place to live as they await federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

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