Meet Your Candidate: Christine Drazan, House District 39

MEET CHRISTINE

Christine Drazan is a fourth generation Oregonian who is running for the Oregon House of Representatives to improve high school graduation rates and reform the state’s spending and budgeting process.  She has seen up close the need for reform, having served in positions at the local, county and state level.

In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Drazan was a top staffer to Republican leaders in the legislature but has since focused her time helping in local schools and working with small businesses and non-profits statewide.  She and her husband Dan live in rural Clackamas County between Canby and Oregon City with their three children.

Christine is proud to have worked in the Oregon Legislature in the golden days of Republican majorities in the House and Senate. There, she worked to defend Republican majorities on the campaign trail and serve Republican agendas in the Legislative Session.  From serving as the executive director of the party’s campaign arm in the House to Chief of Staff to the House Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, she spent time in the trenches—doing the work she loved with people she respected.  All while serving the interest of Oregonians.

In addition to her many volunteer activities, Christine was appointed to serve on the Canby School District Budget Committee and is currently serving on the Clackamas County Planning Commission.  She has also served on the board of her local PTA, worked to establish a student council at her children’s school as well as a Kid Governor civics program in response to Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s call to improve civics education in our schools.

Professionally, Christine is the Executive Director of a statewide nonprofit that supports the preservation of Oregon’s history and culture.  She is a proud graduate of George Fox University.  In her free time she enjoys traveling and adventuring with her family on Oregon’s rivers and beaches or hiking and camping in our state and national parks.

 

CHRISTINE’S PLEDGE

Control Spending

I will fight for safeguards to control unnecessary growth of government, while holding government accountable to the public they serve.

Cut Red Tape

I want to kick open the door of opportunity, by limiting unnecessary regulations that hurt our local economy. I will oppose efforts that pursue liberal political agendas at the expense of families and jobs

Protect Tax Cuts

Republican tax cuts were a hard fought victory. I will fight efforts to erode the benefits of tax cuts and will work to protect Oregon taxpayers. I will hold government accountable—protecting “kicker” refunds and cutting waste.

Consumer-Focused Health Care

With rising premiums and shrinking benefits, many families are forced to spend their family budgets on insurance that doesn’t meet their needs. Competition is not driving costs down in the market because of heavy handed regulations and one-size fits all mandates. Families are paying more for less every year. It’s time for reforms that put patients first.

Protect Our Constitutional Rights

I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I consider the right to bear arms an individual right that is fundamental to our freedom.

Better Schools

As a parent with three children in our public schools, I have seen skyrocketing expenses and politically motivated mandates put the squeeze on core curriculum and inflate class sizes. We must do better. I will push for reforms that reduce dropout rates and give parents and students the tools to help the next generation succeed in the real world.

Source:

Christine Drazan – Republican for State Representative website

https://christinefororegon.com/

School Districts Pay Consequences from Supporting Health Care Tax

 

Julie Parrish
District 37

As school districts around the state begin to make staffing cuts for next year, remember, the Oregon School Boards Association and the school superintendents' association, as well as the classified union OSEA and the teacher's union, OEA, championed a sales tax on their health insurance, which wound up costing school districts $25 million in lost education dollars to pay for healthcare taxes.

In big districts like Beaverton and Salem, the taxes are significant enough to mean serious staffing cuts for essential, non-teaching positions like instructional assistants and school nurses.

Rep. Cedric Hayden and I warned that this would happen, and here we are. $1.1 million in cuts (the hit to the Beaverton School District in healthcare sales tax) is about the equivalent of 36 instructional assistants.

Meanwhile, insurance companies are posting profits and asking for double-digit rate increases for 2019.

It is unfathomable to me that a majority of my legislative colleagues were so unwilling to understand the net impact of their decision, rather than seek ways to better manage our healthcare costs using a systems-thinking approach to all of our healthcare dollars.

Next year, I plan on introducing legislation to allow school districts to bill private insurance to recoup the cost of healthcare being delivered in the classroom that should be covered with healthcare dollars, not education dollars. That should restore some parity to the system.

Representative Julie Parrish
State Representative for HD-37

 

Reprinted from Julie Parrish for Oregon District 37 Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/julie4oregon/

Note: Opinions stated are not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

Gov. Brown should veto tax bill that punishes small businesses: Guest opinion

By Chuck Jones and Julie Parrish

Gov. Kate Brown has a decision to make Friday – one which will personally impact our businesses and the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of small business owners and their employees across Oregon.

Last year when Congress passed the tax reform bill, a provision of the new law allows small businesses to deduct 20 percent of their business income from their federal tax return. It was designed to help increase cash flow for business owners of sole proprietorships and partnerships.

As a Certified Financial Planner and a small business owner, we know of many entrepreneurs who have had difficulty accessing capital to grow their business. Many times, large banks deny lending to start-up companies or mom-and-pop operations without a business track record. These small businesses are stuck using credit cards with high-interest rates or taking a second mortgage on their home.

The change in the federal tax law gives over 400,000 Oregon small businesses the opportunity to keep more of their own hard-earned income so they can grow their business, hire their neighbors, or pay down debt. For many sole proprietors, over 200,000 Oregonians by the Legislative Revenue office’s count, their business income is their take-home pay. It’s how they put food on the table, pay for health care, and keep a roof over their heads.

So, it was disturbing to see in the most recent legislative session that a majority of lawmakers decided to disconnect Oregon from this provision of the federal tax code. This poorly-reasoned choice will cost small businesses $258 million in increased state taxes as a result, according to state estimates. Moreover, Senate Bill 1528 has a provision creating a new tax credit giveaway to offset the taxable income of the wealthiest Oregonians, which will be paid for at the expense of these small business owners that are losing their state tax deduction.

We think we speak for many business owners when we call on Gov. Brown to veto Senate Bill 1528.

If she signs the bill, it will create a bureaucratic tax nightmare for small businesses who will have to keep two different sets of books to maintain tax compliance for the IRS and the state’s Department of Revenue. Large, publicly-traded, and out of state corporations who already pay less as an effective tax rate than our local and family-owned business will have no such requirement, creating an unfair disadvantage based solely on a business’ tax filing status.

During the Great Recession, President Obama passed a stimulus package designed to help grow the economy. At the time, Oregon was facing a $3.5 billion budget deficit. There was a proposal to disconnect from Obama’s tax plan and lawmakers in 2011 rejected that idea, understanding that giving the state’s job creators tax certainty would help Oregon’s economy recover from devastating losses.

Oregon now has record tax revenues. In the last legislative session, lawmakers approved nearly $100 million in new spending and increased our bonded debt. In 2017, public employees got a hefty pay increase to offset the higher cost of living, particularly in the Portland-metro area. Conversely, small businesses have been saddled with an ever-increasing minimum wage cost, a requirement to offer paid sick leave and participate in a state-managed retirement plan, new business license fees, taxes on health insurance premiums, and in July, a new payroll tax. Average business incomes in Oregon are not keeping pace with inflation or legislatively-increased costs. In 2018, it’s anticipated that over 60,000 sole proprietorship businesses are expected to take a business loss, according to the Legislative Revenue office.

Something has to change. The Legislature cannot keep passing laws that force small business to bear more of a cost burden for programs initiated by lawmakers, while at the same time withholding needed tax relief that will provide small businesses with the additional capital to meet those expenses.

Unlike many states, Oregon’s general fund budget isn’t anchored by big C-suite businesses. Because small businesses file their business income on their personal income tax forms, people miss the fact that the state’s budget is anchored by thousands of entrepreneurial Oregonians who are willing to take the risk to start a business and hire their neighbors. They aren’t multimillion-dollar CEOs; they are the local shop owners who volunteer in our communities and donate to the high school football team. And they deserve a break.

Gov. Brown has fashioned herself to be a supporter of small business, and we genuinely believe she sees herself that way. But now she needs to mean what she says. Vetoing SB 1528 would be a step in the right direction.

Chuck Jones has been a financial planner for over 35 years in Tigard. He is the author of the Portland Small Business Bill of Rights and is a member of Oregon National Federation of Independent Business and the Oregon Small Business Association. Julie Parrish is a small business owner and Republican representative from West Linn.

 

Note: Governor Kate Brown has announced she will sign the Tax Bill.

Disclaimer: The opinions stated by the authors may not be those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.