Representative Deborah Boone March 19 Newsletter

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Deborah Boone

Greetings from Salem!

As I have mentioned, I remain focused on Disaster Resilience and Emergency Preparedness.  One very important bill is HB 2270 which would create the position State Resilience Officer in the office of the Governor, to direct, coordinate and oversee seismic safety and resilience planning and preparation by state agencies.  Although I have known and worked with Governor Kate Brown since she was appointed to the Legislature in 1991, this week I had my first formal meeting with her in the Governor’s office.   At that session I explained the Oregon Resilience Task Force’s number one priority is to have a State Resilience Officer and Governor Brown seemed interested in the idea and has a great interest in planning resilience planning and disaster response.   HB 2270 unanimously passed out of the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Thursday with a “Do Pass” recommendation and was referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

I’ve been receiving lots of comments from constituents advocating for increased school funding.  Many of the comments we are getting in the office report they have been told there will be reductions in the state’s K-12 budget.   There seems to be some confusion, as the most recent figures generated by Oregon’s Legislative Revenue Office show that if the Legislature puts $7.235 billion into the State School Fund in the next two-year state budget, as proposed by the state’s top budget writers, Oregon School District will receive 1.4 percent more money per student in 2015-16 than they are receiving this school year.   Of course additional funding would be preferable, but under the current projections, every school district in House District 32 is expected to receive a small increase in the per-student calculation funding.

Speaking of students, our schools are definitely doing something great in educating the children in our district.   On Tuesday the 2015 Oregon Blue Book was released.  This is the state’s official directory and unofficial almanac, and this year includes eight essays written by Oregon elementary and middle school students.  Knappa third-grader Jaxon Dietrichs from Hilda Lahti Elementary was a runner-up in the essay contest and his essay describing why he likes to live in Oregon is featured in the book.  Jaxson came to Salem for the book’s release, and was on hand to autograph 200 copies.

Representative Deborah Boone with Jaxson Dietrichs

Deb and Jaxson Dietrichs

Also this week, Gaston High School Sophomore Cooper Reynolds spent a day job-shadowing me as his sophomore career project. Cooper is extremely interested in political science and will be attending the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C this July.  We had an interesting day, Cooper was able to join me on the House Floor, and also spent time on the Senate floor with Senator Betsy Johnson.  It’s great to see young people taking an interest and wanting to make a difference through involvement in the political process.

Representative Boone and Cooper Reynolds

Deb and Cooper Reynolds

I was saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Nehalem Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven on Tuesday.  She worked tirelessly for the people of her community, county, and state.  She served as a Nehalem City Councilor and Mayor for two decades, and while also working on transportation, economic development, and coastal livability issues at the local, state and regional levels.   I considered Shirley a mentor and good friend, and I will miss her sage advice on a variety of issues.   Shirley’s memorial will be held this Sunday at 1:00pm at the Port of Tillamook Bay’s Officer’s Mess building.

My schedule remains busy, but my door is always open to constituents from House District 32.  If you are planning to visit the Capitol, contact my office a few days in advance so we can schedule an appointment.   If you have a concern or comment about a state agency or legislation, you can write, phone or email my office.

It is my privilege to represent you in the Oregon House of Representatives and I look forward to hearing from you.


Deborah Boone

email: I phone: 503-986-1432
address: 900 Court St NE, H-375, Salem, OR, 97301