STEIN IN THE NEWS!
The latest news from the Beverly Stein for Governor Campaign
Beverly Stein doesn’t wait for news to come to her, she’s out making news. Consider these items from the past week:
· Stein stands up for rate relief for schools.
· Stein wins praise for stand against PUC.
· Stein urges bioterrorism readiness.
STEIN STANDS UP FOR RATE RELIEF FOR SCHOOLS
Note the following from a November 9 story in The Oregonian: “Stein, a Democrat who has criticized the large rate increase granted last month to Portland General Electric, said schools should not have to pay the same increases as commercial users.” That’s from a news conference Bev held at campaign HQ on Thursday November 8. She told reporters, “Schools have set budgets based on sound projections made a year ago. They don’t have a place they can go to for more money when huge utility rate increases go into effect. Higher electricity costs mean less money for educating each student. We have to do more for our children.”
Bev said she would work for a special utility rate for schools to protect them from surprise increases. She made the following points:
*Public schools are classified as “commercial/industrial” users. Rates for schools in the PGE service area have increased 53 percent.
*The rate hike means a total increase of $1.1 million in Portland Public Schools electricity costs. The budgeted amount is $2.1 million.
*The $1.1 million increase is approximately equal to the salary of 22 teachers.
STEIN WINS PRAISE FOR STAND ON PUC
Bev’s criticism of the PUC is resonating with Oregon voters. The following letter to the editor showed up in the Register Guard on November 9.
“Standing up to PUC (headline). Only one candidate for governor has taken a stand against the crippling rate increases approved by the state Public Utilities Commission. It was Beverly Stein. She demanded that the commission demonstrate some leadership by rolling back rate hikes. It's not the first time that Stein has stood up to the PUC. In the late 1970s, she sued the PUC on behalf of senior citizens and was successful in postponing a rate increase. Stein is the one candidate demonstrating leadership in this time of economic crisis. We're already in a recession, and the increases in the cost of electricity and natural gas when we're already in a recession will absolutely cripple some manufacturing companies. I wonder where the other candidates are on this issue. That's only one of the many reasons I'm supporting Stein for governor.” --Arnold H. Ismach, Eugene
STEIN URGES BIOTERRORISM READINESS
“We are learning the hard way from the aftermath of September 11 that our preparations for bioterrorism are not adequate. We lack the lab capacity and the trained personnel to respond to a large scale, deliberate assault on the health of Oregonians. If the next terrorist attack features small pox, ebola or another highly communicable disease, local health agencies must have the power to effectively and efficiently isolate and quarantine those who are infected.” On Monday, November 5, Bev pushed for adoption model anti-terrorism legislation endorsed by Secretary of Health and Human Services (and former Wisconsin Governor) Tommy Thompson. She announced her proposal in a speech Monday November 5 to the annual meeting of the Oregon Public Health Association.
“Oregon law now provides public health administrators with broad powers but they are vague,” Stein pointed out. “If we do face a large epidemic situation, we need explicit, well-understood procedures.” She outlined four proposals for action:
*Act now. The model legislation should be adopted by state lawmakers at the upcoming special session of the legislature.
*Protection of civil liberties is critical. Oregon agencies should use the least restrictive means to protect public safety in an emergency.
*Health officials and not law enforcement officials should make the difficult balancing decisions involving an emergency quarantine.
*Work now to build stronger cooperation between Federal, State and County Governments. Speeding the flow of information, particularly from the top down, is an urgent need.
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