Cost of Living Relief for a Select Group
recent press release from the House Speaker and Senate President is titled, â€œCost of Living Relief Package Will Target Childcare Affordability and Support Working Families.â€ They say as the cost-of-living spikes across the country, the Oregon Legislature is working on a relief package to put money back in Oregoniansâ€™ pockets and drive down the cost of everyday necessities like childcare.
There are a couple things wrong with this statement. Putting money back into a priority population is government picking winners and losers. It isnâ€™t constitutional equality; it is Democrat equity.
What package? It is something the Ways and Means does in a full session to establish the biennium budget. A short session was intended to adjust things that werenâ€™t quit on target in the biennium budget. When they say they are working on a relief package, they do mean it is more than an adjustment to the budget. Itâ€™s more like a redistribution of how you spend your income.
Unless you follow every legislative hearing, youâ€™d have no idea what is coming in this package, and since they donâ€™t mention the bill numbers, itâ€™s still hard to tell. The press release wasnâ€™t aimed at hardworking Oregonians. The relief is specifically aimed at priority populations, otherwise known as underserved minorities.
ecently Representative Wilde debilitated his Democrat party in a letter to the Oregonian, on how the Democrat House Caucus was hiding things from the public and decision made behind closed doors. Including lack of transparency and engagement, Wilde says they have â€œstopped supporting laws that returned power to the people we represent. Instead, we let our partisan desire to maintain power override our duty to the peopleâ€¦ Over time, we even stopped debating the issues, as caucuses became a forum for leadership to give orders to ensure the Democratic agenda prevailed over the Republicansâ€™ agenda, regardless of whether it was in the public interestâ€¦ The House Democratic leaders even stopped telling the caucus members about their discussions. In effect, the content and direction of legislation for all of Oregon was decided by a group of 10 or fewer people picked by their ability to raise money, in secret.â€
If the press release is an effort in transparency, it is only a crumb. Senator Deb Patterson (D-Salem) states, â€œWe need to make targeted investments to drive down the costs that are burdening hardworking folks in my district and around the state. That means building up programs that can help Oregon families protect their pocketbook â€“ investments in childcare and early learning are central to this effort.â€
The package consists of three areas: affordable childcare, low-income worker payments, and earned-income tax credit outreach.
Affordable childcare is to address the shortage of affordable childcare across the state. The funding package will support providers who accept Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) subsidies, leading to more equitable rates and giving more options to parents who utilize ERDC. This support includes recruitment and retention payments to childcare workers; recruiting and training of new childcare providers; direct grants to expand existing childcare facilities; and other investments to make our public childcare system more equitable for parents. What this means is that eligible ERDC families that for a family of three doesnâ€™t have a gross income of more than $3,660 monthly income will have more options for child care.
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The second package item is low-income worker payments providing a one-time payment of $600 first failed funded by a sales tax. When that didnâ€™t fly, they pushed a bill funded by the Oregon Worker Relief Fund to pay 240,000 low-income workers costing $144 million. Senator Kathleen Taylor (D-Portland), chair of the Senate Committee on Labor and Business, said, â€œIt has become more difficult for low-wage workers to afford basic necessities, like rent, food, and childcare, as the cost of living continues to rise. We have an urgent opportunity to support the equitable recovery of our workforce by sending relief to low-wage individuals and working families with the greatest need.â€ Itâ€™s undetermined where this authorization comes from, but they neglect to mention HB 4122 sponsored by Representative Ricki Ruiz (D-Gresham) and others, which pays $695 to DACA qualified to cover the costs of DACA renewal costing taxpayers $7 million.
To complete their package is an earned-income tax credit (EITC) outreach that strengthens the resources available to help navigate the tax system and access the credit. Representative Ruiz said. â€œThis will support Oregonâ€™s economic recovery and lift up communities across the state by providing individuals and working families with support to receive the benefits of the earned-income tax credit.â€
To summarize, the â€œCost of Living Relief Packageâ€ isnâ€™t intended for everyone, but everyone will pay for it.
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