It’s that time of year. People with clipboards (including some League members) are asking voters to sign petitions to put ballot measures on the November ballot. Should you sign? You definitely should think about whether you really support the petition and would like it to become law. Ask for an explanation of what the measure would do and read the ballot title. The League of Women Voters cautions you to “Think Before You Ink.”
The Portland LWV supports this proposal. Our support is based on our Climate Change and Equality of Opportunity positions. It would fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and clean-energy jobs training for disadvantaged workers. Income for the Fund would be from a 1% supplemental business license surcharge on large retail corporations with over $1 billion a year in national revenue and $500,000 in Portland sales. (Revenue from groceries and medicine would be exempted.)
How can we as a city, as individuals and as businesses help solve the problem of climate change and significantly reduce our carbon emissions? The panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters of Portland on March 13 addresses these questions. Here are some answers from Michele Crim of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Nancy Hamilton of the Oregon Business Alliance for Climate and Liz Zavodsky of the Northwest Earth Institute. Click below to watch a video of the forum. See more about our current work.
Be prepared to let legislators know what you want in the upcoming legislative session. An 18-minute summary on how to make your voice heard and influence legislation in Oregon. Tips on meeting with legislators, submitting testimony and lobbying for legislation on the issues you care about. Other “Highlights” videos are available on Gun Safety and the Oregon State Budget. More LWV News
If you want to write or phone your elected representatives – from the President to your local School Board – this is the tool you need. Just updated in October 2017, this includes some new names and contact information. Just 6 pages long, it’s easy to print or store on your computer. Click here to read or download a copy.