Vikki Shares Issues She's Passionate About
Protecting Our 2nd Ammendment
I am a concealed weapon permit holder, and have been for over 25 years, I strongly stand up for our 2nd amendment rights.
Protecting Private Property Rights
I am a strong advocate for private property rights, this includes water rights. Farmers and Ranchers far to often are ignored in Salem when it comes to property and water rights. I will work to introduce legislation to strengthen property and water rights. As a 5th generation Rancher, I get it and am a friend to our community in every way possible to continue our way of life.
Fighting Against Government Overspending
Government in Salem has been overrun by Portland Liberals that want spending for every pet project they can think of. We saw this tremendous over reach in the 2019 Legislature. I will be working to fight wasteful programs and working to tighten the government's spending belts like we all have to do in our business and personal budgets.
Fighting for Our Right To Choose
From Right to Life to forcing immunizations in bulk to kids, our state's liberal politicians are not learning that people choose to be left alone when it comes to making very personal, faithful decisions. We need a common sense approach to these problems that puts people first, not politicians agendas.
Advocating for Transportation Improvements
Most of House District 55 is rural and therefore our roadways and state highways tend to not get the maintenance and attention they deserve. There should be some equality in how this is handled. I will be working on a bills that will help solidify the expansion of maintenance and construction of roads for our rural communities.
Protecting Our Tax Cuts
The legislature will continue to try and take away the kicker tax. We need to strongly fight against that and make sure that our state government does not believe they can spend our money better than we can.
Thoughts on Cap and Trade:
As one of the newest members in the House, I was looking forward to coming to Salem, rolling up my sleeves, and working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address problems residents in my district face.
I am disappointed with the process I’ve seen so far. We should be working together – and we are not.
SB 1530 is an example of what should not be done during the short, 35-day legislative session. It was never intended for complex and controversial bills that have the potential to divide our state.
We have seen one party shut out of key discussions on a bill that will impact many of their constituents.
Legislation has seen lengthy, and last-minute amendments that haven’t been fully vetted or discussed. And even worse, there has been no bi-partisan collaborations.
Key policy committees that should have oversight of these major policy changes, such as the Joint Committee on Transportation or the Committees on Revenue, have not reviewed the bill.
We haven’t had time to get detailed analysis to know how this bill will impact residents in our districts.
For example, during the discussions on cap-and-trade last session, the Legislative Revenue Office said the cap-and-trade bill, at the low end of the estimates – would increase the cost of gasoline somewhere between 19 cents and 23 cents immediately. By 2030 that number was forecasted to be around 72 cents. Where are our numbers this year? What is the impact?
That is just one example of the potential cost increases that could be a result of SB 1530.
Yet, today, we can’t get accurate numbers on the potential impact of SB 1530 because our professional staff aren’t being given enough time to do the proper analysis we need to do our jobs and make educated choices on policy that will impact our districts.
How can I go home and explain to residents in my district that I don’t know how much this new policy will cost families, farmers or small businesses, in HD 55 because we didn’t have time to better understand those impacts?
Where are the studies to demonstrate how passing bold policies like SB 1530 will change the global carbon footprint? Before I vote, I want to know if passing increased costs associated with cap-and-trade on to consumers will put a dent in our global carbon emissions.
From my reading of the bill.
- A Cap & Trade system appears to provide an unfair advantage for politically-connected corporations to escape the tax while less politically-connected businesses could not. (80% oppose)
- Cap & Trade could allow California speculators and corporations to come into the state and hurt Oregonians by driving up the cost of the tax. (78% oppose)
- Cap & Trade could allow unelected state bureaucrats to raise taxes and costs on businesses and consumers without a vote of the legislature. (73% oppose)
- Cap & Trade legislation would raise an undetermined amount in new revenue for state government without an accountable plan for spending the money. (69% oppose)
- I am worried that Cap & Trade will cost Oregon living wage jobs. (62% oppose)
- I am worried that average Oregon households will pay more per year in gas, fuel, and electricity. (59% oppose)
- That higher costs on transportation, and the production of food and household goods will be passed onto Oregon consumers. Including an immediate 19-22 cent increase in gas prices. (58% oppose)
- And for what, so employers can move to other higher carbon emitting states, costing us thousands of living wage manufacturing jobs for Oregon families, and doing nothing to reduce global carbon emissions. (58% oppose)
- I strongly encourage my colleagues to re-think passage of this bill.
- I will be a NO!
"Vikki is an honest proven leader that works tirelessly for Oregon and the District she represents. She will make the tough decisions even if it's not popular. This is what makes Vikki Breese-Iverson a true leader."
Commissioner Bradley J. Winters | Lake County, Oregon
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