More than 240 Oregon businesses registered as
benefit companies, more than doubling expectations. Under Oregon law, b-companies enjoy legal protection to create value for society, not just for shareholders, while meeting higher standards of accountability and transparency. Creating benefit company legislation was one of Kate's top business priorities in the 2013 legislative session.
The passage of House Bill 3459 creates the Office of Small Business Assistance to serve as an everyday source of information and advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The goal of the new law is to create an advocate for businesses entangled in regulation, increase the number of small businesses in Oregon and revise rules to avoid problems in the first place.
A series of audits makes recommendations to improve Oregon’s public education system. The recommended changes to higher education, GED programs and teacher training will help Oregon achieve its ambitious 40-40-20 goal – 40 percent of all students earning a bachelor’s degree or higher, 40 percent earning a two-year associate’s or technical degree and 20 percent earning a high school diploma or equivalent.
A public-private partnership with the Baker City-based Chaves Consulting Inc. launches the first statewide electronic records management solution in the country. The Oregon Records Management System delivers services to state and local governments at great savings and helps stimulate Eastern Oregon’s economy by allowing Chaves to expand.
Business Xpress centralizes all the vital information entrepreneurs need to start or expand a business in Oregon. The award-winning website helps stimulate Oregon’s economy by making it easier to do business in the state.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center awards Oregon the highest grade in the nation for the level of accountability, transparency and integrity in the 24 states where citizens are able to place measures on the ballot.
Every $1 spent on performance auditing resulted in $32.55 in savings during the first four fiscal years since Kate was elected – an increase of 435% over the prior four years.
Kate is named one of 24 “Rising Stars” in American politics and awarded the Rodel Fellowship, a two-year program dedicated to breaking down partisan barriers and exploring the responsibilities related to leadership and governance.
Online voter registration launches. By June 2013, over 295,000 Oregonians have registered to vote online.
House Bill 2005 gives the Secretary of State more power to enforce the constitutional ban on paying per signature for initiatives and to crack down on fraud and abuse.