- — Senator, will you publicly oppose Referendum 301, and tell your Republican colleagues in the state legislature to stop playing politics with Oregonian Medicaid?
At the close of the 2017 session, the state legislature managed to rescue Medicaid in Oregon by passing the Health Care Provider Tax (HB 2391) with bipartisan support, so that Oregonians would not have to worry about losing their Medicaid. The measure ensures that some 370,000 Oregonians retain coverage through the coming two-year budget cycle, and also lowers health care premiums for some 200,000 Oregonians.
But now, Referendum 301— sponsored by three Republican state legislators — puts our health care back in jeopardy. We have experienced more than enough health care shenanigans at the federal level. Oregonians need peace of mind, not endless political games!
2. — The Clean Energy Jobs bill — a cap-and-invest measure to make climate polluters pay for greenhouse gas emissions and to invest in renewable energy jobs in Oregon — was stalled in the 2017 session.
But now a new version of the bill [SB 1070] has been gaining momentum, giving Oregon a real shot at passing meaningful climate legislation in the state’s 2018 “short” legislative session that begins in February. More than a third of the legislature have signed on as co-sponsors, and Governor Kate Brown is making Clean Energy Jobs a priority.