Support education by adding more jobs

Since voters modified property tax laws in the 1990s, one of the biggest struggles for state government has been providing local school districts with the necessary funds to offer our children a world-class education. The best way to pay for education and other essential services is by adding high-paying jobs to our economy.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners, under the leadership of Chairman Andy Duyck, has done just that. By using one of the economic development tools in the toolbox given to them by the state of Oregon, the county commission has used the Strategic Investment Program to encourage companies such as Intel and Genentech to make large expansions of infrastructure and jobs.

These agreements translate into expansion investments of up to $25 billion from Intel and $250 million from Genentech over 15 years, bringing 1,750 jobs to Washington County and Oregon’s economy. Those jobs help provide the funding for our schools we so desperately need.

The growth of these large businesses also helps small businesses like mine (Lithtex Printing Solutions) grow as we supply them with services and products. A recent study showed that for every 10 Intel jobs, 31 more jobs are created in our community.

I strongly support Andy Duyck’s re-election. Four more years of his leadership will mean continued economic growth and family-wage jobs that provide sorely needed tax revenue for Oregon schools.

Les Davis


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