"Controversy at the State Capitol: Legislators work on changes to the PERS system - changes Republicans and some in the business community think don't go nearly far enough. Here to explain why he thinks bigger changes are needed is Bend Republican Jason Conger."
House Human Services and Housing Committee voted unanimously Wednesday
to pass HB 3440, a bipartisan bill to extend Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families aid to struggling families.
"Many Oregon families
have fallen on hard times during this recession," said Rep. Jason Conger
(R - Bend) one of three chief sponsors of the bill. "Our goal is to get
them assistance when they need it most while helping them maintain
HB 3440 expands eligibility and services for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program...
State Representative Jason Conger (R-Bend) met Friday with a diverse group of local charities to hear their concerns about a bill introduced by Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) to end most itemized tax deductions (HB 2001). Examples of deductions affected are medical expenses, home mortgage interest and charitable contributions.
The nearly 30 nonprofits represented at the event were alarmed at the prospect of losing the charitable deduction, a longstanding incentive for donors to give to charities. “Ninety-five percent of our budget comes from private donations,” said Kristy Krugh, executive director of Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon. “We could not exist if this bill inhibited, in any way, the ability for our community to give us the money and items we need to support our facility..."