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Thanks to President Joe Biden and the Democrats, Infrastructure Week is finally here!President Biden's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act just passed through Congress and is on its way to his desk to be signed into law on Monday.After four years of failed attempts by Trump and Republicans to pass an infrastructure bill, Joe Biden and Democrats got the job done. This deal will bring historic infrastructure investments to support communities in Oregon and across America. Democrats deliver — and together we can keep electing Democrats who will deliver real results for OregoniansThis bill is a very big deal for every Oregonian. President Biden and Democrats are delivering results that will improve the lives of all Oregonians, and we're showing that the government can work for the American people again. The infrastructure bill is a once-in-a-generation accomplishment that will create millions of living-wage jobs, help tackle the climate crisis, grow our economy, and make much-needed and critical improvements to Oregon roads, bridges, and transit, drinking water systems, broadband, and more. Across our state, from coast to frontier, Oregon workers, farmers, and small businesses will directly benefit from this bill.And as Congress works to pass President Biden's Build Back Better Act, Democrats are making transformative investments to support Oregonians and Americans.The Build Back Better Framework Will Deliver for OregonPresident Biden’s Build Back Better framework will bring down costs that have held back families in Oregon for decades by cutting taxes and making child care, home care, education, health care, and housing more affordable. These investments will provide new learning opportunities for children, help parents and especially working parents make ends meet, and position the economy for stronger growth for years to come. The framework will create good-paying jobs for residents of Oregon, combating climate change, giving our kids cleaner air and water, and making America the leader in global innovation and 21st century manufacturing. The Build Back Better framework will:Deliver the largest investment in child care and early education in history.• Provide access to affordable child care. Child care is a major strain for families in Oregon, where the average annual cost of a child care center for a toddler is $10,092, meaning that an Oregon family with two young children would on average spend 19% of their income on child care for one year. The lack of affordable options also makes it difficult for parents, and especially mothers, to remain in their jobs, contributing to the 18% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers in Oregon. The Build Back Better framework will enable Oregon to provide access to child care for 229,875 young children (ages 0-5) per year from families earning under 2.5 times the state median income (about $223,000 for a family of 4), and ensure these families pay no more than 7% of their income on high-quality child care. • Provide universal, high-quality, free preschool for every 3- and 4-year old in America. Today, only 23% of the 100,957 3- and 4-year-olds in Oregon have access to publicly-funded preschool, and it costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program. The Build Back Better framework will enable Oregon to expand access to free, high-quality preschool to more than 77,522 additional 3- and 4-year-olds per year and increase the quality of preschool for children who are already enrolled. Parents will be able to send their children to the preschool setting of their choice—from public schools to child care providers to Head Start—leading to lifelong educational benefits, allowing more parents to go back to work, and building a stronger foundation for Oregon’s future economic competitiveness. Address the existential threat of climate change• Make the largest effort to combat climate change in American history. From 2010 to 2020, Oregon experienced 12 extreme weather events, costing up to $5 billion in damages. The Build Back Better framework will set the United States on course to meet its climate targets—a 50-52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030—in a way that creates good-paying union jobs, grows domestic industries, and advances environmental justice. The framework represents the largest ever single investment in our clean energy economy—across buildings, transportation, industry, electricity, agriculture, and climate smart practices in our lands and waters. And the framework will create a new Civilian Climate Corps that will enlist a diverse generation of Oregonians in conserving our public lands, bolstering community resilience, and addressing the changing climate, all while putting good-paying union jobs within reach. In clean energy and in other sectors, the Build Back Better framework will also strengthen domestic manufacturing and supply chains for critical goods, benefiting American businesses, workers, consumers, and communities. Cut taxes and reduce some of the largest expenses for workers and families• Make education beyond high school more affordable and accessible. The average cost of a 2-year degree in Oregon is $5,989 per year, and $12,251 per year for a 4-year degree, straining many student budgets. To help unlock the opportunities of an education beyond high school, the Build Back Better framework will increase maximum Pell Grant awards by $550 for students at public and private non-profit institutions, supporting the 57,577 students in Oregon who rely on Pell. The framework will also invest in Oregon’s 9 minority-serving institutions and the students they serve, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). • Train America’s workers for the jobs of the future. Of the world’s biggest economies, the United States is second to last in investing in workforce development, and funding for federal job training programs has dropped by almost half since 2001. The Build Back Better framework invests in training programs that will prepare Oregon’s workers for high-quality jobs in fast-growing sectors like public health, child care, manufacturing, IT, and clean energy. 17 public community colleges in Oregon will have the opportunity to benefit from grants to develop and deliver innovative training programs and expand proven ones. • Provide nutritious food options for children. 12% of children in Oregon live in food insecure households, harming their long-term health and ability to succeed in school. The Build Back Better framework will ensure that the nutritional needs of Oregon’s children are met by expanding access to free school meals to an additional 83,000 students during the school year and providing 286,821 students with resources to purchase food over the summer. • Reduce housing costs and expand housing options. 296,000 renters in Oregon are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent, while homeownership remains out of reach for many families. The Build Back Better framework will expand rental assistance for Oregon renters, while also increasing the supply of high-quality housing through the construction and rehabilitation of over 1 million affordable housing units nationwide. It will address the capital needs of the entire public housing stock in America and it includes one of the largest investments in down payment assistance in history, enabling more first-generation homebuyers to purchase their first home. • Expand health care coverage and lower costs. Health care should be a right, not a privilege, and residents of Oregon facing illness should never have to worry about how they are going to pay for treatment. The Build Back Better framework will close the Medicaid coverage gap to help millions of Americans gain health insurance, extend through 2025 the American Rescue Plan’s health insurance premium reductions for those who buy coverage on their own, and help older Americans access affordable hearing care by expanding Medicare. In Oregon, that means 64,000 uninsured people will gain coverage and 58,900 will on average save hundreds of dollars per year. In addition, the Build Back Better framework will support maternal health and invest in national preparedness for future pandemics. • Support families with long-term care needs. The need for high-quality, accessible, and affordable care for older Americans and disabled Americans is only growing, but high costs and care shortages leave many to rely on family for unpaid caregiving. The Build Back Better framework will expand access to home- and community-based care to more of Oregon’s senior citizens and disabled citizens, and improve the quality and wages of caregiving jobs. • Cut taxes for families and workers. Prior to the pandemic, 9% of children under the age of 18 in Oregon lived in poverty. The Build Back Better framework will bolster financial security and spur economic growth in Oregon by reducing taxes on the middle class and those striving to break into it. The framework will extend Child Tax Credit (CTC) increases of $300/month per child under 6 or $250/month per child ages 6 to 17. This will continue the largest one-year reduction in child poverty in history. And critically, the agreement includes permanent refundability for the Child Tax Credit, meaning that the neediest families will continue to receive the full Child Tax Credit over the long-run. The framework will also provide a tax cut of up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 255,300 low-wage workers in Oregon by extending the American Rescue Plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion ... See MoreSee Less
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For years, Senator Ron Wyden has had the backs of regular Oregonians like you and me, and for years he has diligently battled for a fair income tax system. Right now, Senator Wyden's plan to make sure billionaires pay their fair share in taxes is a bold and critical move to reverse the trend of growing income disparity in this country. That's why I'm sharing a message from Senator Ron about his work to implement the Billionaires Income Tax. I hope you'll take a moment to read it and support this historic opportunity to bring tax fairness to America.— KC---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Ron WydenLet's be frank: our country shouldn't see the levels of poverty we do, or have any amount of crumbling infrastructure – not while our ultra-wealthy have avoided paying their fair share in taxes for years.Because here's a plain truth: anyone worth more than $1 billion, or earning more than $100 million per year has no excuse for dodging their obligation to our country.And yet billionaire tax cheats have spent years (and, if you can believe it, millions of lobbying dollars) rigging our tax code so that they pay a tiny fraction of their fair share – and sometimes nothing at all – while the rest of us contribute.I am taking the lead to change that, with the Billionaires Income Tax.My plan isn't radical, it's pretty simple. While teachers and firefighters pay taxes out of each paycheck, billionaires have been able to get away without paying their fair share, and sometimes nothing at all. My plan will end that scheme once and for all.This is a historic opportunity to bring tax fairness to America, one we've needed for far too long.But getting this across the finish line won't be easy. The ultra-wealthy and their loyalists in Congress are already attacking me for introducing this plan.Here's the bottom line: the majority of Americans are sick and tired of paying what they owe while our country's wealthiest and well-connected keep cheating the system. We recognize both the urgent need and opportunity before us.Stay focused with me: it's time for billionaires to finally pay their fair share in taxes. The Billionaires Income Tax will make sure they do.Ron ... See MoreSee Less
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These events were discussed at the 11/06/2021 Curry County Democrats General Meeting. To read the full minutes of our meetings, visit our website at 8 – Southwest Oregon Democrats will have the opportunity to weigh in on “What Does Climate Action Look Like to You?” Join a Zoom meeting at 6:00 pm to contribute your thoughts and goals about climate change and how it affects our part of the state. Click this link to register: or contact Jaiden Oquendo at to share your ideas. November 10 - Deadline for 2nd round of feedback on the Democratic Party of Oregon Platform and Legislative Action Items. Check it out here: and then click “Submitting Feedback” at the bottom. November 12 - Join an Indivisible North Curry County (INCC) Rally in support of passing the Freedom to Vote Act. 1634 Oregon Street (Hwy 101) Port Orford, noon to 1:00. We will rally along with Americans across the nation for the Freedom to Vote:Time to Act Week of Action. Signs will be available. For more information on this bill, check out this fact sheet: more info on INCC contact or Casey Folden at 541-366-2044. December 24 – Curry County Democrats will be volunteering at the Azalea Park Holiday Light Show in Brookings, helping at the ticket booth and the Snack Shack. Strict COVID protocols will be in place. Volunteers are still needed. Contact Lisa at the CCD office 541-412-3367 or Ongoing – St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings has been able to offer a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 -11. Contact the church at 541 469 3314, 9 - Noon on Monday, Wednesday, Friday for more information on possible future appointments. Ongoing – City and County Government Meetings. Find out what’s going on in your community. Share your opinion and get to know your elected members of the City Council and Board of Commissioners. Each meeting has a specified time for citizen comment. Check the links for the rules regarding these meetings. Phone-in options are also available for each meeting.1) The Brookings City Council meets every second and fourth Monday at 7:00 pm at the City Hall Council Chambers 898 Elk Drive, Brookings. Check it all out at Recent meetings have included unanimous votes to limit churches’ abilities to provide benevolent food service, as well as denying KCIW Curry Coast Community Radio’s request for a 90-day extension of their agreement with the city in order to remain on the air until their new site is operational. Residents with Charter Spectrum can view meetings live on their television on PEG Channel 181. It is possible to stream the meetings live on a computer by copying and pasting the following link inside your web browser: mms:// 2) The Gold Beach City Council meets on the first Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm. Check it out at Recent meetings have included discussions on urban renewal and housing issues. To join meeting by smart phone/tablet/computer click link: mx5dHR1YnRtYm1xZz09 Passcode: 739500 To be notified of City Council meetings via email visit: and click on the Contact button. Videos of prior Council meetings can be viewed online The Port Orford City Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Gable Council Chambers at City Hall. Check it all out at . Recent meetings have included discussions on building height restrictions and a moratorium on new vacation rentals until the Planning Commission can present a report. Join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 4) The Curry County Board of Commissioners meets at 9:00 am the first and third Wednesday of every month at Curry County Administrative Annex, 94235 Moore Street, Suite 122 in GoldBeach. Check it out at Discussions have included COVID-19 in our county and how to spend the $4 million Curry County is in line to receive from American Rescue Plan (ARP) monies. Find out about the committee formed to make recommendations to the Commissioners on the use of this money and how to make an application for fund distribution at For more information on any of these events, call the CCD office 541-412-3367, ... See MoreSee Less
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