Responses as of May 6:
- Mayor of Portland
- Sarah Iannarone
- Teressa Raiford
- Commissioner: Carmen Rubio
- State Congress
- Dick Schouten, running for SD14
- Andy Saultz, running for HD33
Portland’s artists and creatives are powerhouses at the center of our economy and we must fight to protect, grow, and diversify the thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in annual economic impact undergirding Portland’s vibrancy.  In the past decade, Portland has taken our human arts and cultural capital for granted. If we want artists and creatives and makers to thrive in our city, we must ensure them a living wage, housing they can afford, and the other protections they need to survive and thrive here. In particular, we must robustly fund capacity building for culturally specific organizations.
It’s time to get rid of the Arts Tax once and for all. We must replace Portland’s broken, regressive head tax with a progressive, fair-share approach to funding arts, culture, education, programming, and creative, maker, and art spaces.
Innovate ways to support Portland Parks & Recreation through investments in arts and culture infrastructure and programming. We need to break down silos that undermine our ability to maintain our crumbling municipal infrastructure. By bundling municipal activities across bureaus, we can support our perennially threatened parks budget through arts and education funding and as well as through investments in neighborhood-scale amenities like Community Safety Hubs and childcare centers. (Sarah has endorsed the Universal Preschool Now effort.)
Rethink city zoning and development processes for more affordable housing, creative and makerspaces. You can read more about Sarah’s ideas for affordable housing and mixed-use zones here.
- Permanent stimulus at the State and Federal level – building green infrastructure focused on the economic and environmental needs of communities, among others; and
- Developing lasting economic security. Our social safety net is far too thin and fragile. We must rethink unemployment insurance, health care, child care retirement etc., and implement universal basic income.
Financial Assistance Q&A with Colin Sears of Business Oregon