Partnering for a Strong and Balanced Economy
Our economic woes didn't start with the recession, but the crash of the housing market, the stock market, and the mass exodus of jobs that followed brought our economy's underlying problems to light. Now we have to chose: will we rebuild an economy that creates opportunities for all Oregonians? Or will we let the same policies run unchecked?
A strong economy means we invest from the ground up - in education, in infrastructure, in Oregon businesses. It means we work to build a diverse economic base - with exporting businesses that bring money to our communities, service jobs that pay a living wage, and innovative new ideas that will keep us on the cutting edge.
A balanced economy means we are all working toward a better future. It means that every Oregonian can receive the education they need to get a good job - whether that's a 2 year degree, an apprenticeship program, a college education or more. It recognizes that it takes all of our work to build our state. And it requires balancing our pioneering industries with the traditional jobs that keep our communities strong.
Wages and living standards have been shrinking. But we can reclaim the middle class if we invest in a better economy for all Oregonians.