Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for Nov.

2, 2010, General Election Thank you for responding to this questionnaire, which is for use by Statesman Journal Editorial Board members in evaluating candidates for potential endorsements. Your answers also will be shared with reporters, may be published in the print newspaper and will be posted on StatesmanJournal.com.

Name: Jim Dyer House/Senate District Number: House District 25 Party affiliation: Democrat Age: 76 City/town of residence: Keizer Number of years you have lived in the district: 38 years Are you a full-time resident of the district? Yes Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): Pat (wife) 4 (1and granddaughter at home) Current employer/job: Retired Employment, military and volunteer history: Retired after 31 years with State of Oregon (1960-1991). Past President and Board member Oregon State Employees Association (now SEIU) ; Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union;(1969-1999); Board member Catholic Community Services (200-2005); Currently Board member and Past President Salem Electric Cooperative. Civic/religious/other local involvement: Lifelong Methodist; See above for local involvement. Received Keizer Chamber of Commerce award “in recognition of your many charitable contributions and tireless efforts to make our community a better place for all.” Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when: None Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:

None Other political and government experience: None How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information will be public): Mail address: P.O Box 20298, Keizer, 97307 E-mail address: jimmyd_@msn.com Web site URL: friendsofjimdyer.com Phone: 503-779-8718 How much will your general election campaign cost? (Please be specific about your campaign budget, not “as much as we can raise.”) $3,000 Who are your top campaign contributors/lenders? (Please list at least the current top five and their total dollar amounts.) UCFW- $1,000; OEA -$750; SEIU-$250; SEA- $250.

Who are your key political advisers? (Please identify at least your top three.) Future PAC, Jeff Anderson Key endorsements you’ve received: AFSCME; Oregon Education Association; SEIU; UCFW; Marion County Democrats. On ballot for Working Families Party For each of the following questions, please limit your answer to about 75 words. 1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. No 2. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details. Bankruptcy 2002. None of others. Small business a partner. Loss forced bankruptcy. 3. Describe this legislative district: The district covers Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg. Leans conservative. 4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public? 1. Be accessible to my constituents. Then listen to their needs and interests and then follow through. While “special interests” need to be heard constituents come first.

5. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? I work well with people who differ political or have different viewpoints. My experience with non-profit organizations has taught me to get people over which I do not have financial or other control to work together toward a common goal. My background is a working class person so I can understand their needs. 6. What specific steps would you advocate to improve Oregon’s economy and create jobs? Legislation needs to be introduced early in the session with an emergency clause to give tax breaks to small business, industry and agriculture to create living wage jobs. Fast track state highway and state building projects that are “shovel ready.” 7. What changes, if any, would you advocate in the tax provisions created by Measures 66/67? None at this time since both were passed with good margins by a vote of the people. There needs to be some time in study to see the impact and then determine what if any change needs to be and can be made. 8. What specific revenue changes, if any, would you advocate to balance the 2011-13 budget? This is the 3 to 3 and ½ billion dollar question for the next budget cycle. Oregon’s law requires a balanced budget. These two collide to leave only the option of cuts or increase in taxes or fees. Tax increases would be a loser since any would be referred to the voters which predictably vote them down in this economy. Since there appears to be little way to increase revenue then the only alternative is cut expenditures which leads to the next question. 9. What specific spending reductions, if any, would you advocate to balance the 2011-13 budget? All agency budgets must be reviewed to determine where nonessential expenditures can be cut. This could be done by the agencies but if not through Secretary of State audits and legislative review. A slow process but valuable in the long run. This might mean layoffs in some agencies but in spite of the pain to individuals it may be the best way to limit spending. All nonessential programs need to be put on hold or eliminated. 10. Which of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s “resetting government” proposals do you support? Not in any particular order: OSHU needs the access to capital markets to increase revenue and lessen reliance on the state general fund.; PERS must be limited for new employees that are not covered by the old contract. Costs of health care and retirement need to be shared.; State wide collective bargaining for teachers and school employees. (This would also level out the “rich” districts with the “poor”.) Stop picking up the 6% PERS contribution for employees. (open up other sources of retirement investment to employees.) REFORM the kicker law by creating a constitutionally protected reserve. Fund. This cannot be spent out in good times and dropped in lean years. 9His concerns that education discussion concentrates on dollars rather than student performance, standards, curriculum and teacher evaluation and performance are vital. The mess of

levels of education must be addressed. It has developed like Topsy. Everybody has a hand in it and when all done the one entity not at the table is the state which pays the bill! 11. What changes, if any, would you advocate in the structure, scope or role of state government? It seemed like a good idea in Governor McCall’s term to combine agencies into mega-agencies. As often in government they got a life of their own. Each still report to the governor and the administrators are appointed by the governor. So does the DHR administrator. This structure must be evaluated to determine if the economies and the anticipated value did actually occur. 12. What changes, if any, do you favor making in state employee compensation? Why? Many employee wages have been established through collective bargaining. These are a contract. Future contracts must evaluate the state’s ability to pay. We now see costs rising at a rate not anticipated in past negotiations. PERS formulas need to be examined by fiscal experts (private and public) to determine what is supportable. 13. Do you support the education-reform proposals of the Chalkboard Project? Yes. The several projects within the Chalk Board Project are very good. Increasing student achievement, enhancing teacher retention and recruitment by putting focus on best practices in math are all critical to our children’s education. The “Open Books Project is a fact based report.” 14. What “social issues,” if any, should the 2011 Legislature address? “Social Issues” such as abortion and gay rights should not be a legislative issue other than laws to prevent discrimination both at work and hiring and physical and mental harassment. 15. How should the Legislature and state government respond to illegal immigration? I see this as a federal issue. If in the committing a crime or legal infraction a person is discovered to be in this country illegally they should be turned over to federal authorities. The U.S. District prosecutors may return an illegal immigrant to local jurisdiction if they feel the stronger case is there. Stopping and /or searching a person without cause should not occur. 16. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? (Up to 75 words for each issue.) A. Taxes. Oregon’s general fund is heavily dependent on individual income tax. During good years this works adequately but in lean years as public need rises the revenue declines. This is a highly volatile tax method. Other sources of revenue need to be sought. Lottery provides some but even this decreases during the lean times. A careful examination of the tax structure must be made. This includes the education being funded so heavily from the general fund.

B. Education. Since the financing of public education was placed as a general fund responsibility it has been the heavy weight in that fund. If this is not changed (can the counties pick up some responsibility?) Should the governor’s recommendation of statewide collective bargaining be put in place would the cost of education be reduced in the general fund? Education must not continue to compete with Public Safety, Human Services and other smaller general programs. Its difficult to withstand the exceptional lobby effort of educators (probably because the arguments they present effect our children.) A balanced solution must be found. C. Measure 11. We are now, according to the governor, spending approximately twice the amount on prisons than we spend on children’s education. The mandatory sentences may be popular among many citizens but has a huge budget effect. The governor’s idea of diversion programs, training, and other efforts to keep non-violent criminals out of prison need to be studied and those that have been successful here or in other states should be implemented.

17. What do you see as other important issues? Funding of state police including forensics needs to be stabilized. This valuable agency should not compete with other general funded agencies. Since much but not all of this valuable asset is tied to highways can it be funded through gas taxes or service fees to other police units such as counties or cities? 18. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you want to disclose before it comes up in the campaign? No. I got a speeding ticket, my first, in Idaho last year. As a legislative candidate, your positions on statewide ballot measures on relevant to voters. Please indicate whether you support or oppose each of the measures. Measure 70: Veterans’ loans Yes state and offers a valuable resource to our veterans. No This costs nothing to the

Measure 71: Annual legislative sessions Yes No This will likely fail but it is a reasonable approach to legislating. Many good bills die at the end of a regular session because there was no time. The emergency Board sometimes must act on issues that should be debated in both Senate and House. Measure 72: State bonding authority Yes No

Measure 73: Sentencing Yes No This is a popular issue but as I’ve addressed elsewhere, an expensive one. It sets definite prison terms but provides no additional funding. The sentencing may be a more appropriate sentence but it does not consider cost. How do we fund it without further injuring education and other general

funded agencies. Measure 74: Medical marijuana Yes No This is a good idea but voters may balk because of its association with other drugs. I would recommend than a new agency to dispense it that selling it through the already established Oregon Liquor stores. Measure 75: Multnomah County casino Yes No I strongly oppose Oregon becoming Nevada North. It seems reasonably bad off since it would take further legislation or court action. Measure 76: Lottery funding for parks, habitat Yes No Tourism from out of state and local people is a major industry in Oregon. It is essential to many local and county areas. The parks, wildlife habitat, watershed protection are all vital to our state.

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