The Independent Party of Oregon has released the results of the second of a two-part survey of its members that the party will use to shape its 2010 campaign and its 2011 legislative agenda.
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The 490 members who participated were asked to select from a list of choices on issues, including balancing the state budget, strengthening the economy, good government issues, and other reforms identified by members during a survey conducted in Spring 2010.
Top choices included limiting campaign contributions by corporations, individuals, and labor unions; closing the revolving door between state agencies and the entities they regulate; strengthening consumer protections; and providing tax incentives for businesses that hire Oregon workers.
“We will work with our candidates to develop legislation to address the concerns of our members and will advocate for that legislation in the next legislative session,” said Sal Peralta, the party’s secretary and lobbyist. “The hope is that candidates will take a look at the issues our members are concerned about, campaign on them, and then help us enact legislation that addresses these concerns in the 2011 session.”
“The results show that increasing the accountability of both government and corporations are top priorities for our members,” said Linda Williams, the party’s chair. “We were surprised and gratified to find that the party’s good government agenda trumped even jobs and the economy in terms of issues that Independents say the party should prioritize.”