Occupational Background:Professor of Communications, Oregon Institute of Technology
Educational Background:Ph.D., Educational Policy and Management, University of Oregon; MA, English, Eastern Washington University; BA, Literature, University of California
Prior Governmental Experience:Oregon Institute of Technology Faculty Senator; Faculty Senate Vice President; Faculty Senate President; Communications Department Chair
Military Experience:United States Army, 1967-1970. Vietnam service:1968-1969. Honorable discharge, Sergeant E-5
Personal InformationDr. Ross Carroll comes from a working-class family. He went through college on the GI bill, working in convenience stores and as a truck driver during college.
In almost twenty years at Oregon Institute of Technology, Ross became known as a campus leader with a special talent for building consensus and working through tough problems.
Ross has lived in Klamath Falls for twenty years. His wife Mary teaches science at Ponderosa Junior High School. They have been married for twenty-nine years.
Fair Taxation + Stable Revenue = Jobs for OregonThe Oregon Business Association lists its first priority for Oregons business and economy as the establishment of a long-term sustainable funding system to meet the legal and social objectives of the state (www.oba-online.org, February, 2004). Ross believes we can achieve tax reform and promote job growth if we commit to four simple principles:
- Tax reform must be revenue-neutral for individual taxpayers;
- Business taxes must be reformed. Profitable major corporations such as
PGE should not be paying state taxes of $10. At the same time, tax codes
should reward businesses that create jobs for Oregon. Small business development
is key to our rural counties.
- Tax reform must be tied to a well-crafted spending limit; and
- No sales tax! Oregon does not need a sales tax to provide stable funding.
Education will always be my first priority.With over twenty years in Oregon higher education, Ross understands that quality education is vital to Oregons economic development as well as individual fulfillment.
(This information furnished by Ross Carroll.)