Wednesday, March 21, 2012
By now a number of you readers are aware that I am running for Oregon House District Seat 32 currently held by Deborah Boone. Rep. Boone has held this seat for nearly 8 years. I am sure you are interested in why I am running. Well, let me first tell you some reasons that did not enter into my decision.
I am not running to draw a paycheck for serving my constituents. I would do the job for free except that the Legislature, in its wisdom, won’t permit that. Whether I want a paycheck or not, you tax-payers will have to pay me. So I’ll just donate the take-home pay to charities. And I will opt out of PERS as I don’t intend to have tax-payers pay me after I leave the Legislature. And when I leave the legislature I’ll donate whatever accumulated in a private plan to charity also. I’m not going there for a pension. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe any elected officials should have tax-payer funded pensions. I don’t consider elective service a career. (As a matter of fact, I’ll probably introduce a bill in every session to do away with pension benefits for legislators). I will accept the per diem costs while in session and I’ll let you know what I spend it on. It is your money. You are paying the bill. You have a right to see what you are paying for. I can assure you that you’ll see more purchases for my food during session at places like McDonalds and grocery stores than at fancy restaurants like DaVincis in Salem.