The clock is ticking. On February 2nd the action will start in the 2015 Oregon Legislature and that means it’s our time to get moving. It’s our time to let leaders know what IDAs can do for hardworking individuals and the community as a whole.
Does your legislator know homeownership is bigger than a roof over your head?
Do they know that being the first in the family to graduate is bigger than a diploma?
Do they know that starting a small business is bigger than a paycheck?
Let’s make sure that when summer rolls around (and it’ll be here quicker than you think) that we left no stone unturned and no legislator’s heart untouched.
Here are three things you can do TODAY to get going:
1. Endorse the Oregon IDA Tax Credit Renewal
Signing an endorsement on behalf of yourself and your organization is both easy and impactful. We’ve been collecting endorsements for a little while and we’ve got about 650 awesome individuals signed up. Let’s add to that impressive number and get to our goal of 1,000 signatures! We also want to start racking up organizational endorsements, which also make a huge impact in legislators’ minds. When they see an organization that they represent, respect and perhaps work with endorse the IDA – they are much more likely to lend their support.
2. Become an Advocacy All-Star
Most of us probably saw the Schoolhouse Rock “How a Bill Becomes a Law” video when we were kids. But, that was quite a while ago. Plus, being a force in Salem for the things you believe in takes a little bit more than watching a 3-minute video. That’s why we’re hosting a training that will equip you with all the basic skills and knowledge to advocate with a big impact for the Oregon IDA Initiative. Led by our skilled and experienced policy and advocacy staff you’re guaranteed to leave empowered and excited to make change happen.
3. Wear your heart on your sleeve at an Asset Opportunity Day
It’s a magical thing to be in a legislator’s office when someone transfers their passion, love and knowledge of the Initiative through a personal story and genuine conversation. All cynicism melts away and a genuine human connection is formed. That’s the kind of thing that changes the course of a bill in the Oregon Legislature. You have the power to place a kernel of thought in an elected official’s mind and that thought can blossom into law. But as they say: decisions are made by those who show up.