State Representative
55TH DISTRICT

MICHAEL T. MCGINNIS
Socialist

OCCUPATION: teacher

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: mill worker; county maintenance; meter reader

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: BS Physical Education '73; BS Elementary Education '78 Pennsylvania State University

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: U.S. Army 1974-76

Political Statement

I am a Socialist because I believe in Democracy.

The corporately financed democrats and republicans use the media to equate capitalism with democracy. In truth, capitalism is anti-democratic because control of the economy is in the hands of a few. Socialism brings democracy into the field of economics. The USSR was NOT socialistic. It was a bureaucratic form of capitalism. The people had no voice. Socialism gives people a voice in the economy. When people control the economy, people will become more important than profits.

Political Agenda

Everyone has the right to a job that pays a livable wage. I will work for full employment, using the government, if necessary. I will work for a minimum wage of $10.00 per hour for all workers.

All members of our society have a right to health care. I will work for a government run single payer health plan.

Environmental health is crucial to the wellbeing of the state. I will work to strengthen environmental laws using a tax on polluters for clean up.

A sound education system is vital for economic and democratic strength of the state. I will work for adequate, stable funding for public elementary and secondary schools and for the state funded colleges and universities.

The present tax system is unfair to the middle and lower classes. I will work to shift the tax burden to corporations and to those who can better afford to pay. I will work to eliminate property taxes on owner occupied houses. I will not support a sales tax.

Public utilities should be non-profit. I will work to turn all public utilities into co-operatives or community owned and operated enterprises.

State Parks belong to the people. I will work to eliminate entrance fees.

THINK DEMOCRACY VOTE SOCIALIST

(This information furnished by Michael T. McGinnis.)

Michael T. McGinnis has agreed to limit campaign expenditures for this General Election under ORS 260.180 but is not bound by that agreement because an opponent for this election has not agreed to limit expenditures or has exceeded the applicable spending limit.

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