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"Courage to Lead," Campaign Kick-off Speech, 1/16/2014

Paul on the Issues:

Paul believes there are four functions we are responsible for sustaining:

Guaranteed Opportunity:

  • Improved funding, structure, and systems for top-tier Preschool through Higher Education (P-20) achievement
  • Greater access to life-long workforce preparation and training for all Oregonians          
  • Celebration of the value of labor through pay equity for men and women of all cultures, races, and religions

A Safe Environment:

  • Improved health of our natural world (air, lands, and waters)
  • Improved safety for all citizens from disaster: human-caused as well as natural events
  • Improved security of our borders, our corrections institutions, and our neighborhoods

Protection of our Basic Rights to Think, to Act, and to Live without Fear:

  • Vigorous support of a “Pro-Liberty” Agenda including the right to privacy and women’s reproductive health equity 
  • Robust defense of all living persons rights to full expression under the law
  • Celebration of our diversity of people, place, and policies

Promoting the Future and Providing in the Present:

  • Strategic investments in “Good Stewardship” policies and programs
  • Regionally tailored community development and economic sustainability
  • Facilitation of community shared “core” sustainability principles for community development, growth, and prosperity: Vision 2050

Paul believes the following issues warrant our immediate attention:

Jobs & Our Economy:

  • Reset of the Minimum Wage to at least $10.10/hour in 2015 (with annual cost of living adjustments)
  • Small business incubation with preference incentives for local development/ownership
  • Regional innovation hubs/capacities investments for non-profit/private/public “innovation gardens”
  • Targeted micro loans and tailored credits for local small business manufacturing
  • Implementation of lifelong education and workforce training opportunities through restructured private/public student assistance programming
  • Transformation of public revenue structure and systems in support of sustainable economic growth priorities

P-20 Educational Priorities:

  • “QEM-Plus 3” baseline funding formula: implementation of Quality Education Model funding targets with additional above baseline support for community developed workforce development priorities
  • Mandatory “Civics” curriculum (12-year program for students at each grade level)
  • Maximum Class sizes, maximum student-teacher-support staff ratios, and mandatory teacher training support requirements
  • Statewide investments in regional workforce priorities through community colleges, trade apprenticeships, and benchmark private/public partnership incubators
  • State-sponsored incentives for community/business/retired seniors volunteer incentives


  • Comprehensive review of “smart growth” land use planning structures and systems (expansion of urban development toolkit)
  • Expanded incentives for organic renewable micro power production and regional energy surplus for export
  • Incentives for regional infrastructure investments in technology and transit: affirmative steps towards promoting alternatives to transportation as well as modes of transportation in support of sustainability principles: Vision 2050 
  • Implementation of local, regional, and statewide food security initiatives
  • Promotion of standardized carbon-cost market valuation as well as sustainability opportunity costs  


  • Capital reinvestments: critical infrastructure, support infrastructure, 22nd Century Priorities
  • Baseline standards for public safety staffing in at all levels of government in support of statewide resiliency planning, response, and recovery expectations
  • Development of statewide conversation regarding foundations for 22nd Century Economy: review, restructuring, and retooling associated with economic resiliency
  • Development of statewide “resiliency standards” for added certainty supporting existing and potential business development: focus upon Oregon emerging as the best choice for Pacific Rim businesses


  • Development of sustainable funding for Campus Veterans’ Service Officer program at all community colleges and public universities
  • Development of statewide network of “Veteran Courts” for providing earliest intervention for returning veterans and families
  • Investment in reintegration services for education, employment, skills development, and start-up business opportunities
  • Implementation of “Ending Veteran Homelessness” campaign using available federal funds for veterans’ housing for targeted outreach to end homelessness among veterans by 2020