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Andrea Salinas for State Representative

Key Issues

Health Care

While Oregon has made great progress over the past several years to increase access to health care for Oregonians, hundreds of thousands still find health care unaccessible, unaffordable, or both. Health care costs continue to skyrocket while families and businesses struggle to pay these rising costs. We must move toward a universal health care system where all Oregonians can access the care they need with lower costs, increased quality of care and improved health outcomes. Read more about healthcare affordability and quality of care for women and children

Education

Following decades of disinvestment in our public schools, the Oregon Legislature took decisive action to correct course and move our state in the right direction in 2019. The Student Success Act invests $1 billion per year in early education and K-12 programs across the state and stabilizes funding for our schools in the long-term. We also advocated for and won record higher education funding, including an expansion of financial aid that will help 2,500 more students afford to go to college in 2019.

HB 3427, the Student Success Act, provides Oregon schools with an incredible $2 billion over the next biennium. The bill provides more supports to students, and funding for smaller classes and additional resources so teachers and children can be more successful. This funding would not have been possible without a new corporate tax increase. Corporations will be required to pay their fair share to help our youngest Oregonians succeed in school. I was proud to support this bill in 2019.

Environment

We have already seen the devastation caused by global warming in various parts of our state. Protecting our climate is not only imperative to the sustainability of Oregon’s abundant natural resources but also to our people and our way of life.

The Clean Energy Jobs Bill, introduced in 2019 and 2020 was a monumental piece of legislation to help Oregon reduce its carbon emissions while investing in sustainable, good-paying jobs. The bills would have created a market-based carbon pricing program to help the state meet targeted greenhouse gas reduction goals while also strengthening the economy. The bills would have also invested in communities most affected by climate change, and provided incentives to certain labor sectors to become more energy efficient. I was proud to support this bill on the House floor in 2019 and I am grateful for all the support from the constituents of House District 38 on this groundbreaking legislation.

However, in a critical breakdown of the Democratic process, the Senate Republicans showed that they were unwilling to hear the voice of the majority of Oregonians on this issue. Despite their obstructionist tactics that benefit out-of-state big oil interests, I will continue to do all I can to ensure that we address Oregon’s contributions to our climate crisis.

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Employment Safety and Security

Working Oregonians deserve certainty and protection in their employment. This year, the Oregon Legislature passed a statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program so that no Oregonian has to decide between paying their bills and taking care of a sick loved one, or a new baby.

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Ending Violence and Keeping Kids Safe

Domestic violence, sexual harassment, untreated mental and behavioral health disorder and gun safety issues are problems we confront in our K-12 schools, foster care system and ultimately in our juvenile justice system. If these systemic problems aren’t addressed for our youngest and most vulnerable, we as a society and a state end up utilizing far greater resources when these kids become grown adults. Working to uncover the root causes of violence, then implementing cross-sectional prevention programs will save scarce state resources, avoid undue hardship and build healthier communities.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

I don’t sit on the sidelines and idealize the perfect solution or tweet a 140-character cliché. When I identify a problem, I take action and I lead with my heart. That is why I co-founded LO for LOve when racism took hold of the Lake Oswego community after the 2016 presidential election.

Equity and inclusion is not an afterthought for me. It’s the lens upon which I make most of my decisions. At every stage of public policy development, I consistently call the question: Whose voice is not represented or being heard? Then I take the initiative to reach out to those not at the table.

Affordable Housing

Every Oregonian deserves a stable, affordable place to call home.

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HEALTH CARE

We must find a way to provide adequate health care to all Oregonians. Medical illness and debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy and missed work and school days. Until we can provide foundational health care for all, we cannot fulfill Oregon's economic potential.

EDUCATION

Full funding of our k-12 education system is a top priority for me. Too many of our students are not workforce-ready because we don't give them all the education they need. We have graduation and post-secondary education goals in place but our teachers and students can't be expected to achieve them without adequate resources.

ENVIRONMENT

We have already seen the devastation caused by global warming in various parts of our state. Protecting the climate is not only imperative to our economic prosperity and environmental sustainability, but also to our people and way of life as Oregonians.

Andrea Salinas

Meet Andrea

I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve as the Oregon State Representative for House District 38, Southwest Portland and Lake Oswego, since September 2017. Prior to my service as a state representative, I worked on the frontlines of politics to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors, and the environment.

I’m ready to continue to lead as your State Representative and do it in a way that brings people along, leaves the door open, reaches out to lift others up and puts more chairs at the table. This is the type of leadership we need at Oregon’s State Capitol. I ask for your support to re-elect Andrea Salinas for State Representative.

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