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.