Representative Stiegler and the $2 Billion Dollar Question

Representative Judy Stiegler likes to tell the people of the 54th House District that she voted to reduce Oregon’s budget by $2 billion dollars.  She just won’t tell anyone what bills she voted for to make that reduction.  I asked for that information  in a letter I wrote to her on July 12, 2010.  She has not yet responded to that letter. 

In her latest campaign flier, Rep. Stiegler makes the same $2 billion dollar claim and then, in parenthesis, provides this information (Source: www.oregon.gov/transparency) .   I looked at that website and could not find anything about Judy voting to reduce the budget.  The information might be there but it cannot be found without some reference as to where to look.   

Her new flier also claims that while she voted to reduce the budget, she voted to protect the things we care about most.  She then makes  references to schools, safety and seniors but again provides no identification of any bill she voted on that protects  schools, safety and seniors.   

We do know that Representative Stiegler joined PERS during her first week on the job and that she voted to release prisoners early but she provides no explanation as to why either one of those actions  are or even should be one of our top priorities.  How is her PERS membership or more convicts on the street good for schools, safety or seniors?   It would seem  they are just the opposite.  Having less money to spend on schools, safety and seniors because  more money must go to PERS can not be good for anyone except Judy and the other PERS members.  Letting  convicts be released early would only seem to be a top priority for the convicts.  

Hopefully, Judy will provide specifics to support her $2 billion dollar claim before election day.  The people of the 54th House District have the right to decide for themselves whether they agree with the choices that she has made on their behalf.  To do that, they need specifics.  Vague generalizations are patronizing, they are not helpful.

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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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