All statements involving Dennis Richardson
"It's been 17 years that we've had unemployment higher than the national average in Oregon."
"We are 49th in the nation for our graduation rate"
"More than 400 car crashes occur each year on the current, congested Columbia River Bridge."
Says "$1,100 of the tuition paid by every Oregon university student annually goes just to pay the costs of PERS."
"While 9,000 state employees were added to the state’s payroll, Oregon’s revenue forecasts dropped by more than $4 billion."
Says Oregon state employees received a "catch-up" pay raise in 1981 -- just two years after they agreed not to take a raise in exchange for a retirement benefit.
"Oregon is the only state out of the 50 states in the USA that continues to pay 100% of the medical benefits for its employees and their families."
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