Candidate Name: Rob Wheeler
What is the #1 priority in your legislative agenda? Please attach or provide links or references to bill drafts or legislative concepts (can be from previous sessions).: Helping to create private-sector jobs through incentives such as allowing accelerated depreciation to encourage investment now. Enterprise zones to help current businesses expand and entice new businesses to locate in Oregon. In the worst economic climate we have seen since the depression, state government should not be hindering business, they should be helping.
Oregon in the 2011-13 biennium is expected to have a $2.5 billion shortfall from meeting the current level of services. This deficit is expected to continue through 2019. What programs would you cut? How would you raise revenue?: I would raise revenue by giving incentives to business to assist them in growing and expanding. I would also give state employees incentives to cut costs in their own departments and to seek out fraud among folks receiving assistance that should not be.
What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?: Allow business to accelerate depreciation which will allow them to write off their capital expenses now rather than have to wait several years to deduct these expenses. Capital investment will increase and snowball throughout our economy.
As no court has ruled invalid any of the limits on political campaign contributions or expenditures enacted by the voters in Measure 47 (2006), should the Attorney General and Secretary of State be enforcing those limits?: Yes, if it was approved by the voters and found to be constitutional.
Do you favor amending the Oregon Constitution, if ultimately necessary, to allow reasonable limits on campaign contributions in state and local candidate races?: Yes, emphasis on reasonable and keeping inflation in mind because $1000 today will not be worth $1000 in the future due to inflation eroding how much those dollars will buy.
Do you support the current system of allowing a candidate who is nominated for the same office by more than one political party to choose up to 3 party labels to appear next to her name on the general election ballot (sometimes called "fusion-lite")?: Yes.
Do you support regulation to control health care costs and give the Insurance Division greater power to limit unreasonable rate increases and allow citizen participation in cases involving insurance rate hikes? : Yes if those rates are determined to be unreasonable and the citizens participating are knowledgeable or able to be educated on this complicated topic.
Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?: Yes.
Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts, based on the 2010 Census?: Yes, however, it seems a difficult task to determine nonpartisanship.
What is your best idea for making government in Oregon responsive to the public interest and less consumed with satisfying the desires of the special interests?: Pay attention to how your legislator votes and if it is consistently with the special interests and to the detriment of Oregon vote them out.