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Chamber’s questionnaires help shape debate for elected office
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Portland, Ore. – Today, the Portland Business Alliance’s released another round of questionnaires to candidates for State Labor Commissioner, Clackamas County Commission and Chair and Portland City Council and Portland mayor. The Alliance is issuing candidate questionnaires to inform its endorsement process and provide a resource for voters.
“During the primary election, we asked candidates to tell us and voters about their positions on the issues that impact private-sector job retention and growth,” said Sandra McDonough, President and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “These questionnaires enabled us to engage candidates in thoughtful discussions about a variety of issues, and we hope to continue those conversations in the next few months leading up to November.”
In 2010, the Alliance sharpened its focus on private-sector job creation and retention through its Value of Jobs campaign. These questionnaires are part of that effort to demonstrate the connection between private-sector jobs and a healthy region with quality public services. In late 2010, the Alliance launched its campaign, which includes a series of studies about how the region’s economy is faring. Its initial study, done in partnership with other business groups, showed declining wages and per capita income in the Portland-metro area compared to the national average and other peer metro areas.
An action plan, developed in coordination with more than 140 public and private-sector leaders, was created in 2011. The issues included in the candidate questionnaires reflect the policy recommendations in the plan as well as other critical policies impacting small business, transportation, land use and the central city.
The responses to the questionnaires will be made available at the end of August. Previous candidate questionnaires can be found on the Alliance’s Value of Jobs website.