Salvador Peralta for Oregon - State Representative, HD 24 Oregon - State Representative, HD 24 in OR www.peraltafororegon.org
Primary Election Date: 2006-03-27 General Election Date: 2006-03-27
Who am I?
Sal Peralta was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1970 where he was raised by his grandparents, Fred and Kate. He attended college at the University of Colorado where he met his wife, Tanya. He was an editor of the campus newspaper, and served an internship with Senator Tim Wirth.
He moved to McMinnville with Tanya, who is on the faculty at Linfield college. For the past two years, Sal has worked as a technical consultant and political organizer with an emphasis on media reform, and campaign finance reform. In that capacity, he has worked on ballot initiatives to promote campaign finance limits in Oregon, and with groups advocating structural reform of media policy in the United States. He worked for two years as the systems administrator for the Mark O. Hatfield Library at Willamette University.
During the 1990's, Sal built a successful career as a computer programmer specializing in web and database development for several companies, most notably, FIDM, a specialized college with campuses campuses in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. In the 3 years that Sal worked for the school, web-generated revenues increased from $0 to more than $8 million per year. Sal was also instrumental in launching the college's first distance education course.
Sal has served on the board of the Oregon Bus Project, a non-profit organization that was created to increase political involvement among college students; the board of Democracy for Oregon; McMinnville Morning Rotary; and the Yamhill Valley PeaceMakers. He served for 1 year on the Yamhill County Parks Board.
Sal and Tanya are the proud parents of Isabella Katheryn Hope, their precocious 15-month old daughter.
Why am I running?
Perhaps the best answer I can give to why I am running is one that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave shortly before he was assassinated:
"Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and the thirty-two-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal.
"These people moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped."
I believe those words are as true now as they were in 1967. Now, more than ever, our country needs people who are not willing to set aside the ills facing our state and our nation, passing the buck on to future generations, but who will fight to hand to our children a better world than our parents left for us. To build a more inclusive future where we no longer think of our political process in terms of what is good for Democrats or Republicans; liberals or conservatives; but rather, what is best for all Americans as we strive to build a more perfect union.
And let's talk a bit about the state of our union.
In 2003 and 2004, more than 600,000 Oregonians went without health insurance for more than a full year.
Nearly 1 in 5 Oregon children currently lives in poverty.
Out of state corporations operating in Oregon enjoy the lowest tax burden in America, while our citizens have among the highest payroll taxes in America.
And for the last 5 years, our state has been at or near the bottom in the nation in employment.
Something has to change.
And that's why I'm running. Because I am deeply concerned about the direction that Oregon and America are headed. And I'd like to play my small part in helping to turn things around.
I believe that Oregon's tax system should be decoupled from the Federal system. I believe in flatter, fairer taxes with progressive tax credits for low and middle income families, and tax deductions for charitable giving. I believe that Oregonians should be able to figure out their taxes on a form the size of a postcard, and that we should stop rewarding companies with tax breaks and loopholes for taking Oregon jobs overseas or out of state.
I support the efforts to eliminate tax breaks and other expenditures that benefit narrow special interests, but that cost Oregonians dearly when it comes to funding vital services. Among these tax breaks I include the following:
- Tax breaks on income earned offshore by American Citizens.
- Deferrals on financing of income for foreign corporations
- And exclusions on income earned overseas by corporations operating in Oregon.
Additionally, I will support bi-partisan efforts to create a tax amnesty program to try to collect a decent percentage of the $1.3 billion in unpaid taxes from 2003-2005.
I support allowing businesses and individuals to opt-in to the state's prescription drug pool. This would lower the cost on prescription drugs by 35 - 40 percent.
Additionally, I will support a re-introduction of the $0.10 cigarette tax, which passed via the public initiative process in 1994. The estimated $30 million that this would raise should go to providing medical coverage for Oregon children who are currently without health care insurance.
I will also support an initiative to join other states that are currently challenging federal law on drug re-importation from Canada.
Oregon ranks 40th in the nation on K-12 spending, and 43rd out of 50 states on per capita spending for higher education. This is an economic development issue. We need to increase funding for Kindergarten through college, and we cannot afford another two years of gridlock in Salem before we do it.
My DFA Values
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My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign will be primarily a grassroots campaign. As chairman of the Democratic Party in Yamhill County, I have built a solid grassroots foundation in the community (1000+ mailing list; 400+ email list), and will call on people to help in a significant way.