Of all of Senator Chuck Thomsen’s accomplishments, the most important is that he has delivered on everything he originally campaigned for. His consistency in fiscal and policy decision-making has been a breath of fresh air.
Chuck has always had two major goals: Balance Oregon’s budget without raising taxes, and promote economic growth through a better job economy. His voting record in the Senate reflects that.
Enhancing K-12 and Higher Ed funding is Sen. Thomsen's #1 budget priority, and he now sits on the right committees to add more fuel to that effort. Current Salem "standard procedure" is to wait until the final weeks of session to pass the K-12 budget, which obviously strips away its potential funding levels over the months leading up to it. Chuck believes in funding schools early and robustly to avoid repeating that endless game parents and teachers are all too familiar with.
The Following are bills sponsored by Senator Thomsen:
- HB 4068: Gave Oregon Food Bank more options to put food on tables using "recatch" from commercial fishers.
- HB 1591: Saved the Government Camp Rest Area, improved quality of 16 others
- SB 960: Promotes economic growth by allowing agri-tourism businesses on exclusive farm use land.
- SB 301: Reduced tax burden on small and family-owned businesses that invest in expanding their enterprises.
- SB 219: Targets unnecessary "feasibility studies" that cities and counties are forced to pay.
- SB 213: Reduces consumer cost of gasoline.
- SB 212: Creates better, job-friendly revisions to Environmental Quality Commission.
- SB 96: Allows certain employers exemption from unnecessary regulations.
- SB 220: Streamlines job-creating infrastructure development process.
- SB 121: Removes restrictions hampering hydroelectric power.
- SB 276: Adds transparency to Rest Area Bill, putting Travel Information Council under yearly review.
- SB 430: Creates deduction for charitable farmers.
- SB 331: Improves money distribution to parks.
- HB 2352: A fun bill, partnering the aptly-named town of Boring with Dull, Ireland.
- SCR 14: Resolution to memorialize oppressed Japanese-American US citizens during WWII which drastically impacted Hood River County, and honors Minoru Yasui.
- SB 677: Freed restrictions so new local cider makers can operate
- SB 1: Eases housing market and improves labor camp conditions by allowing tax break for agricultural housing enhancement.
- SB 1034: Creates tax credit for student debt interest.
- HB 2750: Port agreement essential towards enhancement of Hood River-White Salmon Bridge
- (2018 Package): Secured $500,000 for Cascade Locks economic development project
- HB 4044: Directs educational study to address student achievement gap