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.
“Senator Thomsen fought to maintain the integrity of Measure 98, and is committed to ensuring full funding for this vital investment in career and technical education (CTE), dropout prevention and college readiness. We support Senator Thomsen, and look forward to his partnership in ensuring every single student in Oregon can graduate high school on time, and prepared for college, a career, or both.”
--Toya Fick, Executive Director, Stand for Children Oregon
The Following are a few bills sponsored by Senator Thomsen:
HB 4068: Gave Oregon Food Bank more options to put food on tables using "recatch" from fishers
HB 1591: Saved the Government Camp Rest Area, improved quality of 16 others
SB 960: Promotes economic growth by freeing up agri-tourism.
SB 301: Reduced tax burden on small and family-owned businesses
SB 219: Targets unnecessary "feasibility studies" that cities and counties are forced to pay
SB 213: Reduces consumer cost of gasoline
SB 212: Reforms long-outdated and unfair DEQ emissions check, similar to WA
SB 220: Streamlines job-creating infrastructure development process
SB 276: Adds transparency to Rest Area Bill, putting Travel Information Council under yearly review
SB 430: Creates deduction for charitable farmers, fights hunger
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
SB 1034: Creates tax credit for student debt interest payments
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