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Oregon Candidates for Governor Discuss Age Discrimination, Family Leave

A video conversation with Knute Buehler and Kate Brown

AARP asked candidates for Oregon governor how they would shore up family leave laws, ensure older workers are treated fairly on the job, provide financial security of 50+ Oregonians and allow people to remain in their communities as they age.

QUESTION 1:  Would you support a family leave law [with no cost to employers/with costs split between employers and employees/or remain silent on structure], that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes?

QUESTION 2:  Older Americans are healthier and working longer than previous generations. Workers 50 and older already make up over one-third of the labor force, and workers 65+ are the fastest growing age group in the workforce. Yet, more than 6 in 10 older workers report they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Do you support strengthening state law to ensure older workers are treated fairly on the job?

QUESTION 3:  If budget cuts or tax reforms are implemented in your state, how will you balance the need for revenue for important services while safeguarding the financial security of Oregonians 50 and older? Will you oppose initiatives that limit the legislature’s flexibility in taxing and spending?

QUESTION 4:  A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has housing that is affordable (no more than 30% of income is spent on housing), transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services for people of all ages and allows people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to ensure all Oregonians have access to livable communities? 

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