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Oregon Guv plays favorites with jobless public employees

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 12, 2020 

MADISON — Oregon leftist Gov. Kate Brown’s attempt to put her union pals in front of the unemployment line died in committee this week. 

Senate Bill 1702, which would have prioritized public employees to receive jobless benefits over Oregonians waiting months for relief, might prove a valuable lesson for liberal governors like Tony Evers fond of rewarding their Big Labor supporters with such inequitable policy gifts. 

“Governor Brown, this is your mess,” said Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod. “Your commitment to pandering to special interests knows no bounds. You wanted your special interests to jump the line and receive unemployment benefits ahead of Oregonians that have been waiting for assistance and haven’t been getting it for months.” 

Brown wanted the state’s employment department to skip the adjudication process for school employees furloughed from summer school teaching positions. Everyone else, of course, would be bound by the same lengthy process of vetting claims. 

Brown, who has played liberal politics while Antifa and others in the radical left tear apart Oregon’s largest city, was appalled by lawmakers who rejected the governor’s plan to play favorites. 

“It’s appalling that Senate Republicans today voted down a commonsense fix to the unemployment process that would put money in people’s pockets faster,” Brown wrote.

Money back in her political allies’ pockets, of course, while tens of thousands of others are forced to wait. 

“Oregonians are begging for help, some filing for bankruptcy, and the governor is blind to those pleas, and instead prioritizes public employees,” said state Sen. Lynn Findley. 

Read more at Priority Oregon.

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