State of Oregon Archives: on Social Security


Bud Pierce: Require automatic enrollment with payroll deductions

Q: What would you do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement?

William (Bud) Pierce: Legislation to require automatic enrollment with a payroll deduction mechanism, while allowing employees to opt out, should be considered to improve individual savings for retirement. Improving job quality (pay), while lowering the cost of living (Oregon is the nations second least affordable state) will do much to help people save for retirement.

Kate Brown: Oregonians deserve the opportunity to work for a reasonable wage and plan for their future so they can retire with greater peace of mind. The first step in ensuring all workers have retirement security is creating the new state retirement savings program. We should be moving toward more opportunities to save for retirement--not take options away. I will continue to increase awareness of retirement security issues and support legislation to do so.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Kate Brown: More options & opportunities to save for retirement

Q: What would you do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement?

Kate Brown: Today, the average savings for Oregonians approaching retirement age is $12,000. Depending where you live, that's not even enough to cover rent for a single year. Oregonians deserve the opportunity to work for a reasonable wage & plan for their future so they can retire with greater peace of mind. The first step in ensuring all workers have retirement security is creating the new state retirement savings program. We should be moving toward more opportunities to save for retirement--not take options away. I will continue to increase awareness of retirement security issues and support legislation to do so.

William (Bud) Pierce: Legislation to require automatic enrollment with a payroll deduction mechanism, while allowing employees to opt out, should be considered to improve individual savings for retirement.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Kevin Stine: Opposes privatizing Social Security

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Privatize Social Security"?

A: Oppose.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Monica Wehby: Put entitlements on a path to being financially secure

Our seniors spent their entire lives paying into those systems and Monica will oppose any change to the benefits that have already been promised to seniors who are at or near retirement. However, these programs are on track to become insolvent, leaving the next generation of seniors to face the possibility that they will face serious cuts to their benefits. In order to make sure that doesn't happen, we need to enact legislation that puts them on a path to being financially secure.
Source: 2014 Ore. Senate campaign website, www.MonicaForOregon.com Mar 18, 2014

Jim Huffman: Option of putting payroll taxes in a private account

Huffman argued that [Wyden's] proposals are too small when the country faces double-digit unemployment and a terribly slow recovery. He said Wyden's great mistake was voting for the stimulus bill because those funds will never be returned to taxpayers.

Huffman said the ad was full of lies and half-truths. He said he supported the bank bailout because it was the best of a batch of bad policies the federal government was considering at the start of the financial crisis. He said he doesn't support privatizing Social Security, but believes people should be given the option of putting payroll taxes in a private account.

Source: Mail Tribune coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Gordon Harold Smith: People should prepare for retirement in addition to Soc.Sec.

Merkley said he’s opposed to Smith’s plan to privatize Social Security, which he said would have been a dangerous move with the falling stock market.

Smith said that as senator he has done more to help encourage Americans to save more as a way to better prepare for retirement and add to the benefits received under Social Security. He took issue with Merkley for suggesting he wanted to do away with Social Security. “In war and the Merkley campaign, the truth is the first casualty,” he said.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash

Merkley said he’s opposed to Smith’s plan to privatize Social Security, which he said would have been a dangerous move considering how hard retirement funds have been hit by the falling stock market. “It would have melted away the way Wall Street has melted away,” he said.

Smith said he encourages Americans to save more as a way to better prepare for retirement and add to the benefits received under Social Security. He took issue with Merkley for suggesting he wanted to do away with Social Security

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

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