Platform Adopted by membership and ratified by IPO caucus and executive committee in August, 2014:
The Independent Party of Oregon favors reducing special interest influence over our government processes; increasing transparency in government, particularly with how our tax dollars are spent and how the public's business is conducted in Salem; protecting Oregon consumers, particularly with respect to banks, insurance companies and private utilities; providing incentives for small businesses to thrive and for larger businesses to expand in Oregon in a way that returns more benefits to the public than it costs.
IPO LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 2017
IPO AGENDA FOR 2015
1712 members participated and favored adopting the following policy goals:
- 83.7% - Requiring that political advertisements identify their main sources of funding.
- 79.0% - Increasing vocational training opportunities for students in high school and community college
- 74.4% - Ensuring that tax dollars spent to encourage economic development return more benefits to the public than they cost.
- 73.4% - Establishing limits on political campaign contributions.
- 68.3% - The state should look at ways to make college more affordable.
- 66.5% - Reforming the state primary election so that more voters can participate.
- 63.6% - Protecting farmland and increasing diversity of agricultural products.
- 63.5% - Reducing government spending.
- 53.5% - Requiring labels on food containing genetically modified organisms.
- 51.2% - Providing tax credits to employers that engage in new construction for the purpose of expanding their workforce in Oregon.
Most political parties define themselves by their differences. The Independent Party seeks to provide a moderate alternative that defines itself by the things we agree on. When we formed the Independent Party of Oregon, we realized quickly that the one thing that what our members had most in common is that we are deeply frustrated with both the Democrats and Republicans, and their inability to work collaboratively to solve our nation’s biggest problems. 6 years and 9 member surveys later, we have realized that there is a great deal of agreement among not only our members, but the general public on 5 core issues:
- Reducing special interest influence over our legislative process.
- Increased transparency in government, particularly with how our tax dollars are spent.
- The importance of protecting Oregon consumers, particularly with respect to banks, insurance companies and private utilities.
- The need for a sensible approach to job creating and economic development.
- Advancing the rights of Independent and non-affiliated voters.
Our platform is subject to change over time, but these issues have helped to define the Independent Party in its work at the Oregon legislature. We have lobbied the legislature in support of member goals on all of these issues during the last 6 years, and work with legislators in support of that agenda.