Statements about Economy
Sen. Jeff Merkley "voted six times for more debt."
"It's been 17 years that we've had unemployment higher than the national average in Oregon."
Oregon’s "three largest employers, and 13 of the top 25, are health care providers."
Oregon "is the most trade-dependent state in the nation"
The 2011 Rebuild America Jobs Act "would have cost the average American family $1,000 a year while making no significant impact to fix our infrastructure and roads."
"I co-sponsored the Rebuild America Jobs Act" for transportation and infrastructure.
"Since the governor took office, Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in three years."
"Economic inequality in Multnomah County has a face -- and a name. It has 90,000 faces and names -- the number of county residents who are still unemployed, or underemployed, in the wake of the 2008 Wall Street crash."
"Women in Oregon are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. If the wage gap was eliminated, a working woman in Oregon would have enough money for 2,877 gallons of gas, 72 more weeks of food for her family or nearly 12 more months of rent."
"West Linn has one of the highest per capita rates of home-based businesses in the United States."
Says "nearly 30,000" federal employees in Oregon were furloughed during the government shutdown.
Says a group "estimates that the annual cost to Oregon taxpayers for government services to illegal aliens, after any income tax revenue from them, is $1 billion."
"With nearly 75 percent of Americans supportive of the construction of the pipeline, Schrader needs to explain to Oregon families why he voted against this needed project."
Says "Every legislative district in the state has at least one craft brewery and countless home brewers."
Says "If Oregon’s Legislature simply authorizes $450 million for the CRC, it will … leave Oregon holding the bag for a great deal more cost responsibility."
Says that in 2011, Oregon had "the second fastest growing economy in the nation."
Says Minnesota has more Fortune 500 companies than Oregon and "one of the most obvious differences is they've invested in their schools."
Unemployment among Oregon high school graduates aged 18 to 20 increased more than 200 percent from 2008 to 2011, while the U.S. average increased only 30 percent.
"Oregon’s per capita income is 9 percent below the national average and getting worse. This is a state that’s actually getting poorer."
Says there's $4 billion in private investment along the streetcar.
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