Oregon Legislature Abandons The People

The Oregon legislature was created to represent the people of Oregon.  It is responsible for carrying out the people’s business and that business includes determining what benefits the State will provide to its public employees.    

When the legislature determines what benefits will be provided to the public employees, the public employees are involved in that process.  They are represented by their unions.   On its face, this  appears fair and reasonable.   The interests of the people of Oregon, as the employer, are represented by the legislators.  The interests of the public employees’ are  represented by the public employee unions.    But in reality, there is nothing fair or reasonable about the procedure. 

The procedure is neither reasonable nor fair because the legislators have made themselves public employees for the purpose of qualifying for public employee benefits.  As a result, every benefit the legislators approve  for the public employees, they also approve for themselves.  This conflict of interest was  deliberately created by the legislature for the direct financial benefit of its members and their families.  It is impossible for the legislators to represent the interests of anyone other than public employees. 

The legislature has abandoned the interests of the Oregonians who are required to pay for the public employee benefits.  If you do not like this system, contact your legislators and let them know that you know what they have done.  Demand that the system be changed and vote for the candidates who support your position on this issue.


About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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