It’s time to end the Pay to Play politics in Columbia County and hold our representatives accountable! Far too long Sen. Betsy Johnson has been putting special interest groups above that of her own communities. Her most recent demonstration of this was when she aimed to cripple HB2020, the bill would institute a cap-and-trade program in the state beginning in 2021, and gradually reduce emissions until 2050 but State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, revealed a set of sweeping amendments to the cap-and-trade proposal. “The changes include significant new carve outs for fuel importers, natural gas companies and waste operations. They would also weaken emissions-reduction goals currently set out in the bill.”[1]

The time before this, Sen. Betsy Johnson, joined Republicans in voting against SB608 and sided with the Equitable Housing PAC, one of her major donors with $20,000[2] in contributions and a special interest group of landlords that support no cause evictions and unchecked rent increases.

“Under Senate Bill 608, landlords across the state could raise rent no more than 7 percent per year, plus the annual change in the consumer price index. The bill carves out an exemption for rental properties that are less than 15 years old. The measure would also prevent a landlord’s ability to evict tenants without a reason after they have lived in the building for a year.”[3]

For the same reasons Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opposes coal puppet Joe Manchin is the same reason we should oppose paid off Betsy!

“I have concerns, and that’s why I say that our issues are not just left and right, but that they’re top and down,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a Friday press conference held outside the Capitol. “I have concerns over the senator’s chairmanship just because I do not believe that we should be financed by the industries that we are supposed to be legislating and regulating and touching with our legislation.” [4]

We can do better. Recall Betsy Johnson.

 

Thomas O’Hanlon

St. Helens

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