Meet Your Candidate: Senator Alan Olsen, SD 20

Senator Alan Olsen

Your State Senator Alan Olsen has represented the residents of Canby, Oregon City, Gladstone, Beavercreek and Estacada since 2010. Alan is an Army Veteran who has called this area home for 26 years. As a general contractor, Alan has built a business and created jobs in our community. Now as your State Senator, he is putting his experience rebuilding homes to work rebuilding Oregon. With a strong foundation built on jobs, education and support for our veterans Alan believes we can continue to rebuild opportunities for families across our state.

To the constituents of Senate District 20,

It has been an honor to represent you as Your State Senator in the Oregon Senate the past three years. I take my responsibility to represent you and your interests in Salem seriously and it has been a pleasure working with many of you during my first term in the State Senate. As residents of Canby for over 25 years, my wife Juanita and I have built a life for ourselves grounded in hard work, diligence, and commitment. In addition to my work in the legislature, I am a general contractor and small business owner building homes and structures across Oregon. I am also a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1969 to 1971, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Oregon Bass Federation.

I first decided to run for office as Your State Senator one day while mowing the lawn at my home north of Canby. I knew that mere talk over morning coffee was not going to solve the problems facing all Oregonians: the growing need for jobs, stronger schools, and accountability in government. These three issues have been at the forefront of my work in the legislature during my first term as Your State Senator, and I look forward to continuing to create jobs and bring more transparency to your government in a second term.

Oregonians are honest, hard working, and resilient. While the economy continues to recover in some parts of the state, we still have a long way to go to give all Oregonians the opportunity to succeed. As a small business owner, I understand the challenge high taxes and uncertainty in regulations places on employers and workers. The legislature must create an economic climate in Oregon that will attract new industries and allow existing businesses to thrive. I will continue to focus on building a business friendly environment that will create more living wage jobs for Oregon families.

In my first term as Your State Senator, I supported a $7 million education budget that included reforms to make our Public Employees Retirement System more sustainable while providing higher funding for K-12 education, keeping your tax dollars where they belong: in the classroom. I also believe supporting our Veterans is our duty as citizens and as a state. Their service and dedication to our country represents the cornerstone of liberty, freedom, and our way of life. I serve on the Senate Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness, and in 2013 sponsored and helped pass two important bills to support our Veterans. You can read more about my work in the legislature here.

As Your State Senator, my job is to advocate for the residents of Senate District 20. Let me know what issues are important to you and what you think needs to be done in Salem. You can reach me through my contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Alan Olsen
Your State Senator

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State Senator Alan Olsen: Special Session, A Self Created Emergency

On Wednesday, The Governor issued a proclamation calling lawmakers to convene May 21 in Salem. A legislative joint committee is expected to begin hearings on her tax plan next Wednesday. "According to a recent analysis by state economists, more than 75 percent of the benefit from Brown's tax plan would go to people who earn at least $200,000 a year." The kicker is that they estimate this tax break from the very recent tax increase she just signed into law will only benefit roughly 9000 Sole proprietor businesses out of the hundreds of thousands who just got their raw deal. My Democrat colleagues and Kate Brown really have their priorities all mixed up when it comes to supporting small businesses which are the backbone of Oregon's economy. Back in February as the 2018 short session was getting underway the House Democrats released their session agenda listing their top priorities with one being "Strengthening Our Economy" and to create a friendlier small business environment for Oregon. They stated "Every Oregonian should have the ability to achieve their American dream. That is why we will work to boost small businesses ..We are committed to advocating for policies that level the playing field " So what did they do to help foster a small business-friendly environment that in turn would also "strengthen our economy? They did the opposite and raised taxes on Oregon small businesses putting a bigger strain on them financially and hindering their ability to grow or succeed. Did they promote policies that "level the playing field?" No. They did the exact opposite once again by exempting the Big national C-Corporations from the tax increase SB 1528 imposed on the little guys. while making sure the big guys their Federal Tax break while also maintaining a lower business tax rate. Now they are proposing a tax break that is eligible to very few Sole proprietors and seems to be beneficial only to those who are already successful in their business and financially well off.