On behalf of the Oregon Business Plan, OBC directors and other business leaders have been active in this year’s Legislature, joining with community organizations to advocate state policies and investments aimed at reducing poverty in Oregon.
The business community supports Business Plan recommendations to strengthen education attainment and career skills, build up rural economies where poverty is most severe, and enact policies to make the social safety net work and to make work pay.
The latter category of recommendations includes redesigning short-term assistance to needy families, improving child care access, making changes in benefits rules, and expanding tax credits.
OBC directors have submitted letters of support for bills that would provide seed funding for poverty reduction initiatives in high poverty communities and that would continue and strengthen the Individual Development Account program.
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The 12th Leadership Summit of the Oregon Business Plan drew record attendance January 6 at the Oregon Convention Center. Nearly 1,200 participants heard a stellar lineup of business and elected leaders weigh in on a range of issues.
Elected leaders from both parties endorsed the key priorities in the 2015 Business Plan: 1) connecting education to careers, 2) putting natural resources to work, and 3) modernizing Oregon’s infrastructure.
These and related opportunities were explored in greater depth in afternoon breakout sessions.
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