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Measure 66

Argument in Favor

Protect Vital Services, Make Oregon's Tax System More Fair For All of Us, and Raise the $10 Minimum Income Tax

League of Women Voters of Oregon urges a YES vote on 66 and 67.

Did you know that two-thirds of the corporations doing business in Oregon pay only $10 a year in the corporate minimum income tax?

Compare that to what the average family of four pays--$3,100. That means that just one family of four pays more than 300 corporations (including large, out-of-state corporations that make a lot of money in Oregon) . combined.

It's time for a change.

Because these measures are targeted only on corporations and richest households, more than 98 percent of Oregon taxpayers won't see any increases in their taxes. In fact, people who find themselves unfortunately unemployed due to the recession will get a tax break on their unemployment benefits. And because 75 percent of the corporate profits tax will be paid by corporations that are headquartered out of state, these measures will bring in crucial funding that would otherwise have been shipped to other states.

Measures 66 and 67 protect funding for education, public safety, and healthcare, which make up more than 90 percent of Oregon's budget. As need for basic services increases in this recession, it becomes even more vital that we preserve the services that are needed now more than ever.

These measures are the step we need toward preserving our schools and essential services and protecting the middle class from carrying more of the burden.

Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67

(This information furnished by Marge Easley, League of Women Voters of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Join AARP Oregon in Voting Yes to Protect Oregon Seniors, Families and Communities

Our non-profit, non-partisan organization with 535,000 members aged 50+ across Oregon supports Measures 66 and 67.

The questions facing us are really quite simple. Do you believe that:

Corporations should pay more than just $10 a year in income taxes?

Seniors should have access to basic care allowing them to live with independence, choice and dignity?

Fairness and shared responsibility help ensure our state's quality of life and economic vitality?

Middle-class families should be protected by keeping the burden from being shifted to them?

AARP says YES, YES, YES and YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Voting Yes will protect nearly $1 billion in state funding that pays directly for healthcare, human services, education, and public safety.

Measures 66 and 67 are critical in protecting the independence, choice and dignity of seniors to receive in-home and community-based care and to access nursing facilities if they need them, and in preserving Oregon Project Independence, our state's flagship program that helps seniors live in their own homes. Doing otherwise just isn't right and will cost taxpayers far more in the long run.

Both measures are also crucial in helping Oregon's economy recover - saving thousands of jobs, leveraging hundreds of millions in federal matching dollars, and generating much-needed economic stimulus for local communities.

More than 90 percent of Oregon's general fund pays directly for education, healthcare, and public safety. During this recession, our priority should be protecting these services and stimulating our economy, which our children, seniors, families, and communities are counting on now more than ever.

It's time we asked corporations to pay more than $10 a year in income taxes to preserve the essential services we all value and make the difference in our collective quality of life and economic future.

Please join AARP Oregon in voting YES.

AARP Oregon
Gerald J. Cohen
State Director
AARP Oregon
Ray Miao
State Volunteer President

(This information furnished by Gerald J. Cohen, AARP Oregon State Director.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon PTA Urges a YES Vote on Measures 66 and 67

Oregon's parents and teachers say YES to protecting our classrooms and our kids.

This is an important election for school funding, and Oregon PTA urges you to vote yes on these two measures.

Right now, two-thirds of the corporations doing business in Oregon pay just $10 a year in income taxes. That hasn't been changed since 1931. With Oregon schools struggling just to keep the doors open, it's time we asked corporations to contribute more than $10 to our education system.

Voting YES on these measures will protect our classrooms by making sure that two-thirds of the corporations doing business here are paying more than $10 a year in income taxes.

For Oregon parents and teachers, there's no greater priority than protecting our children's health, safety, and education. Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 is vital in making sure that we protect our classrooms and give our kids every opportunity to succeed.

These measures protect vital funding that will preserve Oregon's class sizes, protect effective school programs, and make sure that our children are well-prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow.

These measures also protect small businesses: Roughly 90 percent of the businesses in Oregon will pay just $150 in income taxes-a modest investment in making sure our children have a quality education.

Measures 66 and 67 preserve critical services and protect
middle-class families from carrying more of
the burden of this economic crisis.

Please join Oregon PTA in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.
Oregon's children are counting on you.

Preserve our classrooms.
Protect Oregon families.
YES on 66 and 67.

For more information, please visit www.oregonpta.org

(This information furnished by Sandra Bell, President, Oregon PTA.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon Teachers Urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

Help Protect our Schools

As classroom teachers, we know firsthand the need to protect students and families, and we know that Oregon's future depends on a strong education system.

Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 will help keep our schools strong when our communities need them the most. These measures will help preserve class sizes, protect effective programs, and most importantly keep schools open during these tough economic times.

Our communities rely on good schools to help create the big thinkers, skilled workers, and inventive entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Preserving our schools means protecting our future.

A Yes vote on Measures 66 and 67 will help our schools provide the stability and quality education that our kids deserve while protecting Oregon's middle-class families, who are struggling to make ends meet.

It's more important than ever that we support our kids and our classrooms. We owe it to Oregon's children to make sure that we preserve vital funding for every level of education. Voting YES on these measures is critical in keeping education a priority for the state.

The legislature passed these bills in order to prevent about $1 billion in cuts to schools and critical services. Voting yes will protect these services when we need them most. Voting no will force an immediate and dangerous series of cuts to education and human services in the last half of the budget cycle.

Oregon's children are our greatest resource. Every child deserves a classroom where they can learn, and that's why Oregon's teachers support Measures 66 and 67.

Oregon's kids are counting on us to do the right thing.

Vote Yes on Ballot Measures 66 and 67.

Karen Watters
3rd Grade Teacher, Sutherlin

Jamie Zartler
English Teacher, Grant High School, Portland OR

Sena Norton
6th Grade Teacher, Boring Middle School

Carolyn Jo Cooper
Science and Math Teacher at Neahkahnie Middle School

(This information furnished by Karen Watters.)


Argument in Favor

Help Keep Oregon Safe

Partnership for Safety and Justice
Urges a "Yes" Vote on Measures 66 and 67

Oregon is doing something right. According to the FBI, Oregon's rate of violent crime dropped over 10% in the last year - the largest decrease in the nation - and property crimes dropped almost seven percent during the same time period.

The Partnership for Safety and Justice credits this trend with a shift toward more effective, prevention-based approaches for protecting community safety. Oregon's investment in community-based addiction treatment and prevention programs and drug courts has been critical.

Yet due to these tough economic times, programs that focus on prevention and rehabilitation are in trouble, jeopardizing Oregon's continued ability to reduce crime rates and create safe communities.

Measures 66 and 67 protect funding for public safety, prevention and rehabilitation services that help former crime victims and those who have been convicted of a crime successfully rebuild their lives and re-enter society.

These measures will not only continue to support efforts to reduce and prevent crime in our local neighborhoods, they bring fairness to our tax system by moving the burden off of middle class and working families.

Help Keep Oregon Safe

Join Partnership for Safety and Justice
in Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67

(This information furnished by David Rogers, Partnership for Safety and Justice.)


Argument in Favor

Support Oregon's Rural Communities

The Rural Organizing Project Urges a YES vote
on Measures 66 and 67

The effects of this recession are being felt most in Oregon's rural communities. While unemployment may be high across Oregon, in rural Oregon it has skyrocketed.

That's why we need Measures 66 and 67.

Passing these measures is critical for rural Oregon families for three reasons:

  1. These measures exempt the first $2400 of unemployment benefits from tax, reducing taxes for families who have lost a job. In August, the unemployment rate in Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath and Linn Counties was over 15%.


  2. These measures will ensure that corporations pay their fair share for schools, health care and public safety all across the state. Families hardest hit by the recession rely most heavily on the vital public services that Measures 66 and 67 protect.


  3. Our schools – and especially local community colleges – are economic engines for rural Oregon, providing critical job training. Our communities simply cannot afford further cuts to our schools, if we're going to get the economy back on track.

For too long, Oregon's working families have shouldered the burden of paying for our schools and our basic services, while large corporations have paid just $10 a year. Rural Oregon communities can no longer afford for corporations and the richest households to be let off the hook, while we pay more and more.

The other side will spend millions on TV ads trying to convince you to vote against these measures—but don't be fooled. This issue is simple: Should corporations pay more than $10 a year in income taxes?

If you believe that schools, healthcare, and public safety are too important to give up just so that large corporate lobbyists can line their pockets, then we think you should vote not just yes…

…Vote HECK YES.

Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67 to protect our communities.

(This information furnished by Amy Dudley, Rural Organizing Project.)


Argument in Favor

Protect Access to Health Care

The Oregon Nurses Association Urges a
Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

As nurses, our number one priority is the safety of our patients. Our state is currently experiencing a severe nursing shortage that threatens the quality of care that we provide to our patients. Voting yes on measures 66 and 67 will help us stop the layoffs of nurses in the very places we need them most: our schools and community health centers.

A yes vote on Measures 66 and 67 will help keep patients safe.

Every day, more than 500,000 Oregonians wake up worried about the future. They live in fear of getting sick, and of having to choose between paying their medical bills and paying the mortgage. This is a choice no one should have to make.

A yes vote on Measures 66 and 67 will protect health care coverage for tens of thousands of Oregon's working families.

By voting yes on Measures 66 and 67, you will protect nearly $1 billion in funding for Oregon's most essential services; education, health care and public safety. A yes vote will help ensure that our state's corporations and wealthiest citizens pay their fair share for the crucial services we all rely on.

A yes vote on Measures 66 and 67 will create a healthier Oregon… and a fairer Oregon.

Oregon's nurses are on the front lines of keeping our families and communities healthy, every day.

Voting Yes is the right thing to do for a healthier Oregon. As nurses, employers and as proud citizens, we urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67.

(This information furnished by Jack Dempsey, Oregon Nurses Association.)


Argument in Favor

Measures 66 and 67 will protect the needs of Oregon's children

when they need our help the most.

Please join Children First for Oregon in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67

Children First for Oregon works to make Oregon a place where all children thrive. We educate and engage Oregonians to promote programs and policies that get results for kids.

Measures 66 and 67 are critical in making sure that children don't become the biggest victims of the recession. These measures will help the state prevent cuts in vital services for kids.

These measures:

  • Protect health care for children


  • Prevent cuts to Oregon's foster care system, so that these children are protected and cared for


  • Maintain programs that prevent child abuse and neglect


  • Protect critical programs that provide safe, quality care for children with low-income working parents

The recession has impacted working families and children deeply. At the same time, two-thirds of corporations doing business in Oregon pay just $10 a year in income taxes.

We can no longer afford for working- and middle-class families to carry the burden of paying for the state's basic services.

Measures 66 and 67 protect critical services when we need them the most.

It's time to protect Oregon's children.

Please vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Children First for Oregon
Robin Christian, Executive Director

(This information furnished by Robin Christian, Children First for Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

The Oregon Consumer League Urges a YES Vote
on Measures 66 and 67

VOTING YES IS A SIMPLE MATTER OF FAIRNESS.

Big corporations and rich CEOs will try to make this issue complicated, but the issue is really quite simple: corporations should pay more than $10 dollars a year in income tax.

MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES PAY TOO MUCH.

Because two-thirds of corporations pay Oregon's $10 corporate minimum based on a 1930s law, the average Oregon family pays more in taxes than 300 corporations who do business in Oregon - all put together.

NO MORE BAILOUTS.

For too long, rich CEOs, high paid lobbyists, corporate lawyers and accountants have gotten away with shifting the burden onto the middle class. While Oregon families have really struggled, big corporations and the rich have gotten massive bailouts.

BIG CORPORATIONS NEED TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE.

We can shift the burden off of the middle class, protect those hit hardest by the economic crisis, and fund the vital services Oregonians need. We just have to hold the big corporations accountable and make them pay their fair share.

IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.

Join the Oregon Consumer League and regular Oregonians all across our state in taking back the power from the big corporations and high paid lobbyists.

VOTE YES ON MEASURES 66 AND 67.

(This information furnished by Dr. Jim Davis, Oregon Consumer League.)


Argument in Favor

Human Services Coalition of Oregon Urges a Yes Vote

Voting YES is about more than…

… asking corporations to pay more than $10 a year in income taxes;

… making Oregon's tax system fairer for working families

… protecting and creating Oregon jobs.

This recession has hit us all hard. Families who never thought they would need to ask for help are now asking. And those who were struggling to begin with are now finding it nearly impossible to make ends meet.

Voting YES means protecting health care and other vital services for those hit hardest by the economic recession.

When it comes to protecting Oregon's most vulnerable, passing Measures 66 and 67 means preserving health care and human services for real Oregonians – ourselves, our families, our neighbors.

What's at stake? For healthcare and human services alone, the state could lose more than $180 million, plus more than $200 million in federal matching funds.

These measures protect funding for:

  • Healthcare access for tens of thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities


  • Foster care services for children


  • In-home care for thousands of seniors and people with disabilities – allowing them to remain independent and in their homes


  • Nursing home care and assisted living care for thousands of low-income seniors and people with disabilities.


  • And many more critical services that we all depend on.

So while you consider whether to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67, please remember that while voting YES is about restoring fairness to Oregon's tax system, it's also about ensuring a healthy, safe, and bright future for our families and our neighbors.

Please join the Human Services Coalition of Oregon,
a statewide group of 80 organizations and
individual members,
in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.
www.oregonhsco.org/

(This information furnished by John Mullin, Human Services Coalition of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Support Schools. Support Students.

Stand for Children Urges a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

As schools across the state struggle to find money to keep their doors open for the full school year and preserve class sizes, Oregonians will face this simple but important question:

Should we stop further cuts to public schools, healthcare, and public safety?

For Oregonians who value education, the answer is clear: YES!

Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 will protect our local schools by stopping $733 million in cuts to public services. Currently, two-thirds of corporations pay $10 a year in income taxes—including out-of-state corporations that make millions of dollars in Oregon. These measures raise the $10 corporate minimum income tax to $150 per year for most corporations, and raise the tax rate for the state's wealthiest households – those with taxable income above $250,000. These modest increases will allow us to fund schools and other critical services.

We cannot afford to shortchange Oregon's children and the future of our local communities. It's time to fund the basics. These measures will prevent our class sizes from growing even larger and our school years from being cut further. These important protections will improve Oregon's workforce and economy.

Vote yes if you want the promise of a quality education for all kids to be real, so they are well prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67 to keep our promise to our children.

In fact, 97.5% of taxpayers will NOT see their taxes increase. We are just asking corporations and the very rich to pay a little bit more. It's critical for the future of our students and our state's long-term economic health that we be able to invest in education and the services upon which Oregonians and local businesses rely.

Join Stand for Children in Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

(This information furnished by Dana Hepper, Stand for Children.)


Argument in Favor

Dear Neighbors,

We know all too well that families across Oregon - regular middle class families who work hard and play by the rules - have been hit hard by this economic recession. Ours is just one of those many families.

And, after carefully studying the issues, we realized that Measures 66 and 67 are a good and important step in the right direction - not just for Oregon, but for middle class families like ours.

Like many other families, ours has faced unemployment this year. These measures will help families like ours by cutting taxes on unemployment payments so that we have more money to spend on our basic needs.

Here's the problem with the current system: It's unfair and outdated, and it allows big, out of state corporations and the rich to get by paying too little, while regular families like ours end up paying more than our fair share.

Big corporations and rich CEOs may try to make this issue seem complicated, but it's really very simple:

-- When two-thirds of corporations pay just $10 in income taxes, there's something wrong.

-- When this $10 income tax is based on a law that hasn't been changed since the 1930s, there's something wrong.

-- When the average Oregon family like mine pays more in income taxes than 300 big corporations put together – like big oil, insurance and pharmaceutical companies – there's something wrong.

-- And when middle class families get stuck with most of the bill for funding the vital services we all need and rely on – there's something wrong.

Measures 66 and 67 will make it right.

Don't be taken in by the big corporations, their high paid lobbyists or their expensive advertisements. These measures will change the system for the better, and help take the burden off of middle class families who are struggling.

We hope you'll join us in voting YES on 66 and 67.

Darrin, Kebby, Tealy and Kale Dupree Family

(This information furnished by Kebby Dupree.)


Argument in Favor

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon


Say

Vote YES for Fairness and to
Protect Access to Health Care

As the largest advocates for reproductive health care, family planning services and comprehensive sex education, we know how important these services are to ensuring that all Oregonians have the ability to make responsible choices.

We know firsthand that the recession has made it even harder for regular people to make ends meet.

That's why we urge you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Voting YES will do two very important things:

  1. By holding corporations accountable for paying more than $10 in taxes, and by ensuring that the richest Oregonians pay their fair share, passing these measures will shift the burden of the economic crisis away from the working- and middle-class families who are already struggling to make ends meet.


  2. Voting YES on these measures will preserve nearly $1 billion in funding for education, public safety, and healthcare, including services that protect the health of women and families. By targeting only those who can afford to pay more in this recession, these measures protect health care services for middle class families, just when those services are most needed.

At stake in this election are services that are vital for the health and safety of all Oregonians, including:

  • Family planning services for low-income women;


  • Healthcare access for uninsured low-income pregnant women and children;


  • HIV treatment and prevention programs;


  • Programs that prevent the spreads of STDs, especially among youth.

By passing these measures, we can make the system FAIRER, and we can protect the vital services, like health care, that Oregonians need.

Please join NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

(This information furnished by Jessica Stevens, Defend Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

I'm the President of a leasing and finance company and I support measures 66 & 67; modest but important steps toward protecting education and keeping our communities safe.

Oregon currently has the second lowest business tax structure in the nation. Businesses benefit from shared public services and if it weren't for these basic and essential services, businesses in Oregon couldn't function.

Two thirds of the corporations in Oregon pay just $10 a year in fees, not enough to cover the postage to administer the program. Business professionals understand our responsibility to contribute to the shared services that allow us to thrive. We find resources to pay for the attorneys and accountants necessary for incorporation, so surely we can budget to reimburse the State that provides business the infrastructure it takes to function and profit.

Businesses utilize infrastructure, including the roads and courts, provided by the State. The taxes paid by business are merely the user fees due the state. Without such investments by our State, commerce would not be possible.

Business subsidies are not consistent with free market principles. Do the people of Oregon prefer to have their tax dollars subsidize commerce or be used to educate their children?

Corporations enjoy limited liability and legal protections guaranteed by the State. Businesses may trade as partnerships, proprietorships or LLC's. Incorporation is voluntary. It creates an expense for taxpayers and I do not believe that a profit making enterprise deserves welfare from the taxpayer.

Responsible business owners know that we must pay our bills. Measures 66 & 67 raise funds from those who directly benefit and therefore can afford it.

Educated children are the future workers and business people of Oregon. To remain competitive in commerce, education is a critical investment. The business community today owes that to the business community of the future.

Please join me by voting yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Joseph L. McKinney
President
Oregon Roads, Inc.
Eugene, OR

(This information furnished by Joseph L. McKinney, President, Oregon Roads, Inc.)


Argument in Favor

School Principals Across Oregon
Urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

As school principals, we work to ensure that our schools are run efficiently and are responsive to the needs of our students, parents, and our communities. We must guarantee that all students have the tools they will need to compete in today's society, and we must do so in a way that is fiscally responsible. We strongly support Measures 66 and 67 because they allow us to provide a quality education to our students.

Measures 66 and 67 will make sure that corporations and the richest households are paying their fair share to fund classrooms right here in our community. Our schools can no longer afford for two-thirds of corporations to pay just $10 a year in income taxes.

Schools all across Oregon—like each of ours—are facing challenging times. Given the economic crisis, we are doing the best we can to help our students succeed. Measures 66 and 67 are absolutely necessary so that districts can keep class sizes small, keep teachers in the classroom, and protect important programs for our students.

Supporting our classrooms and providing a strong education will be vital to rebuilding our economy. With the U.S. falling behind countries like India and China in the number of students earning science and engineering degrees, it's important that our students are given the tools to compete in the global economy.

Help Protect Our Schools.
Please join us in Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67

Oregon Elementary School Principals Association
Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators

(This information furnished by Kent Hunsaker, Oregon Elementary School Principals Association.)


Argument in Favor

Preparing for Oregon's Future

Continuing Oregon's Excellence in Health Care

Oregon Health Care Association Supports Measures 66 and 67

The Oregon Health Care Association is a network of over 570 health care providers including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and residential care facilities, and in-home care agencies. Our members know first-hand the difference quality care can provide for all Oregonians.

Measures 66 and 67 will protect long term and in-home care for thousands of Oregonians.

It is estimated that by 2020, America's population of those aged 85 and older will double to over 7 million people. By the year 2050, this number is projected to grow to between 19 and 27 million people. Planning for long term care is essential to meeting this growing need.

Measures 66 and 67 fund vital long-term and in-home care services, ensuring Oregon is prepared for the future.

Oregon Health Care Association member facilities provide services to over 40,000 Oregonians each day. These facilities also provide employment opportunities for approximately 30,000 Oregonians. Many facilities provide specialized services, including programs for pediatric patients and victims of serious head injuries. These are valuable and highly skilled employment opportunities, right here in Oregon, that will be threatened if we do not vote YES for measures 66 and 67.

Measures 66 and 67 keep jobs in Oregon, keeping our economy vibrant.

Oregon Health Care Association's mission is to enhance health care, housing, and supportive social services for all Oregonians. Measures 66 and 67 directly support the needs of patients and their families by continuing to fund these essential long term health care services.

Ensure Care for all Oregonians

Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67

(This information furnished by Lauren Rhoades, Oregon Health Care Association.)


Argument in Favor

Dear Oregon Voter,

The most important part of my job as Superintendent of Public Instruction is making sure that all students in our public schools have an equal opportunity to learn the academic and life lessons that will prepare them for work or to go on to college.

We are very fortunate in Oregon to have dedicated, quality teachers and educators who want to help their students learn and reach their maximum potential. Oregonians place a high value on our public schools and have a strong tradition of supporting our teachers and students. That's why I urge you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Measures 66 and 67 will ensure that we can keep our local class sizes manageable, keep teachers in the classroom, and protect vital education programs for our students. These measures ensure that profitable corporations are paying their fair share to fund schools in every community in Oregon. Our schools can no longer afford for two-thirds of corporations to pay just $10 a year in income taxes.

Measures 66 and 67 are key to rebuilding Oregon's economy. As Superintendent, I speak to educators all across America. Our students need the tools to compete in the global economy and we cannot afford to fall further behind. Oregon's students deserve every opportunity we can give them to succeed; quality public schools are a critical component of our economic recovery.

Measure 66 and 67 protect the things that every Oregonian cares about, like good public schools and safe communities and neighborhoods. Don't be fooled by the political scare tactics and misinformation you are hearing from opponents about these measures. The reality is that more than 97% of Oregonians won't see their taxes increase under these measures.

I urge every Oregonian to protect our schools and support our students. Please vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Sincerely,

Susan Castillo
Superintendent of Public Instruction

(This information furnished by Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction.)


Argument in Favor

Dear Fellow Oregonians,

My family is like most Oregon families. We care about our community. We care about our local schools. We care about our local businesses. That is why we are Voting Yes on Ballot Measures 66 and 67.

I work in the library at the Banks High School and I feel so lucky to be working with students in our small, rural community. These kids deserve a full school year, small class sizes and effective programs that keep them in school and prepare them for the future. Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67 will help protect Oregon's classrooms in districts large and small.

Our family also owns a small business. We are proud to have served our community for years. We recognize the value of investing in our schools, because Oregon businesses depend on a strong educational system. We cannot afford to disinvest in our children at a time when they need to be better prepared to compete in today's global economy.

That's why we urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67.

As small business owners, we have often felt that Oregon's middle-class families and small businesses have been shouldering too much of the burden to pay for our schools and other vital services. It just doesn't seem fair that nearly two-thirds of corporations doing business in Oregon get away with paying only $10 a year in income taxes. With a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67, we are ensuring that out-of-state and large corporations pay their fair share, while at the same time protecting small businesses.

The vast majority of taxpayers and small business owners will either benefit or won't be affected by these measures. But all small businesses will see the things they depend on to succeed – good schools, health care, public safety – protected from harm. Please Vote Yes.

Debra Mott
Small business owner

(This information furnished by Debra Mott.)


Argument in Favor

Assure Quality Care in Oregon

Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67

Measures 66 and 67 protect the services we need the most.

Like most Oregonians, elders depend on services like public safety and health care, and we know that the communities we're part of depend on safe, vibrant, successful schools. Without Measures 66 and 67, the legislature will have to cut almost a billion dollars out of those services.

Much of that money would come directly from services that help Oregon's elders lead full, independent lives such as assisted living programs and medication. For some seniors and their caregivers, these cuts could mean the loss of Oregon Project Independence and other critical services that help allow older adults maintain choice and dignity in their homes and communities.

Support Measures 66 and 67, keep costs for seniors low.

Many of Oregon's elders live on a fixed income. At the same time, senior citizens represent a large and growing part of Oregon's population. By the year 2010, one in three Americans will be over age 50. The implications for Oregon's future are clear: without support for this growing need, the quality of life for Oregon's elders will decline, and their spending power within the state will diminish.

By voting YES for Measures 66 and 67, we will maintain vital services for Oregon elders, while supporting our economy by keeping spending in the state.

Let's make sure Oregon elders, families and communities have
the care and services they need and deserve.

Join the Elders in Action Commission in voting "YES"
on Measures 66 and 67

(This information furnished by Tara Krugel, Elders in Action Commission.)


Argument in Favor

The bottom line on Ballot Measure 66:

You Gotta Be RICH To Be Impacted!

The most important fact about Ballot Measure 66:

It's FAIR.

For decades now, Oregon's tax structure has been legislated and "initiative-ized" to death to do one thing — place the greatest tax burden on the middle class.

Measure 66 is one of the few tax measures you'll ever see that's NOT aimed at you. Indeed, Measure 66 will have ZERO impact on 97.5 percent of all Oregon taxpayers. Only the 2.5 percent richest Oregonians would pay more under Measure 66 — and only a little more.

Measure 66 does not kick in unless you make over $250,000 as a household.

What's more, the extra tax doesn't apply to the entire income — only any amount that's over $250,000. So a couple with an income of $260,000 is only paying a slightly higher rate on that last $10,000, not on the whole amount.

How much is "slightly?" In this case, the extra tax would cost this couple $180. That's it — 180 bucks. And we're not ashamed to say this: if your income is over a quarter-million dollars, you can afford an extra $180 — especially after all the years that we in the middle class have been footing more than our share of the bill.

In fact, about 90 percent of all Oregon income taxes go to education — K-12, community colleges and Higher Education — public safety and health care. We can either cut teachers, police officers and senior services, or we can ask the richest 2.5 percent of all Oregonians to pitch in just a little bit more.

We think that's an easy call.

Vote YES on Ballot Measure 66!

(This information furnished by Don Loving, Public Affairs Director, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).)


Argument in Favor

The Oregon Center for Public Policy:
Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67
A Necessary Step Toward Balanced, Effective Economic Policy

Today, middle-class and low-income Oregonians pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than rich Oregonians. In fact, the rich pay the lowest share of their income in state and local taxes. In addition to preserving vital services like health care, education and public safety, Measures 66 and 67 are the first step toward a more balanced and effective economic policy that benefits middle-class and low-income working Oregonians.

Measures 66 and 67 Protect Oregon's Working Families

For years, middle-class and low-income working families and small businesses have paid more than their fair share because two-thirds of corporations in Oregon pay a corporate minimum income tax of just $10.

Middle-class and low-income families have been disproportionately hurt by the economic recession. These families need Measures 66 and 67. The measures preserve services that are vital for putting Oregon's economy back on track, such as K-12 education and professional training through higher education and community colleges, and they provide an immediate tax cut for Oregonians who have lost their jobs and are looking for work. Measures 66 and 67 follow this principle: If your family earns less than $250,000 per year, you won't pay a single penny more.

Mainstream Economists Support Measures 66 and 67

Eminent economists, such as President Barack Obama's budget director Peter Orszag and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, agree that in a recession, it is preferable for states to enact targeted tax increases on the wealthy than to cut services. Three dozen Oregon economists have gone on record saying Measures 66 and 67 are good for Oregon's economy.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy urges you to
vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.
Vote "YES" for a necessary step toward a
balanced, effective economic policy for Oregon.

(This information furnished by Charles Sheketoff, Oregon Center for Public Policy.)


Argument in Favor

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Urges a
YES vote on Measures 66 and 67

Preserving Oregon's Unique Quality of Life
is the Responsible Thing to Do

OLCV urges you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67, to help ensure that we pass on Oregon's unique quality of life to our children and grandchildren.

Our state has made significant progress toward preserving natural areas for families to enjoy, protecting critical farmland and wildlife habitat, ensuring clean rivers and streams and promoting a clean energy economy that provides good jobs with benefits for Oregon families.

However, it is clear we have much more work to do to leave behind a legacy we can be proud of. That work will only be possible if we come together and vote "YES" on Measures 66 and 67.

Measures 66 and 67 preserve funding for Oregon's environmental stewardship through services such as:

  • Air quality monitoring


  • Wastewater management and toxic water monitoring to help clean up our rivers and ensure safe drinking water for our families


  • Developing Oregon's clean energy economy to bring good jobs to our state


  • Reducing global warming pollution

Right now, two thirds of Oregon businesses pay only $10 a year in taxes. By raising the $10 corporate minimum income tax for the first time since 1931, and asking just a bit more from the richest Oregonians, Measures 66 and 67 help to ensure that Oregon's unique quality of life – our legacy to future generations – is preserved.

It's the responsible thing to do for our families.

Join Oregon League of Conservation Voters in
Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization with a simple mission: To elect pro-environment candidates and pass responsible laws that protect the environmental legacy we leave behind for future Oregonians.

(This information furnished by Katy Daily, Oregon League of Conservation Voters.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon District Attorneys Say:

Keep Oregon Safe
Vote YES on Ballot Measures 66 and 67

In order to keep our neighborhoods safe, Oregon needs a highly functioning and integrated public safety system – from the police who investigate crimes to the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.

Can corporations afford to pay more than $10 in taxes in order to protect the safety of Oregon's businesses?

YES.

Can Oregon households making more than $250,000 afford to pay a little more in taxes in order to protect the safety of Oregon families?

YES.

Do you want to see your community protected from criminals, especially during tough economic times when crime rates tend to increase?

YES.

Then join District Attorneys from across Oregon in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

These measures provide needed funding for police, community corrections and our courts. Voting against these measures could mean a reduction in the number of state troopers on the job, and it will threaten our ability to prosecute criminals.

Measures 66 and 67 ensure that we have the tools to prosecute identity theft and drug-related crimes.

We need to add more troopers to the job, not fewer. We need increased supervision of sex offenders, not less. We need court doors open and the ability to prosecute dangerous criminals.

VOTE YES ON 66 AND 67
TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE

Michael D. Schrunk, Multnomah County District Attorney

Joshua Marquis, Clatsop County District Attorney

John S. Foote, Clackamas County District Attorney

John M. Haroldson, Benton County District Attorney

Michael T. Dugan, District Attorney, Deschutes County

(This information furnished by Michael D. Schrunk.)


Argument in Favor

Help Keep Higher Education Accessible for All Oregonians

The Association of Oregon Faculties represents faculty and academic professionals from public universities around the state. We take our jobs of educating students and preparing them to be successful and competitive in a tough job market very seriously. That is why we are urging a Yes vote on Measures 66 and 67.

Oregon's universities have served the state well by creating family wage jobs and economic growth in every county of the state. Strong universities are critical to our children's future and key to Oregon's economic recovery. For Oregon to thrive, we need to educate a well-trained workforce and provide students the tools to win the good paying jobs of tomorrow.

Measures 66 and 67 will help our universities continue to make contributions in the lives of our students, our communities and to our economy.

Affordable access to our universities is vital to Oregon's economic future. Voting yes on these measures will help to ensure that Oregon's people retain that affordable access. Oregon faculty members have watched as, too often, students have had to go into debt to get the education that they need to keep family-wage jobs in this state. This is unfair to working families who seek a brighter future for their sons and daughters.

For Oregon to compete in the global marketplace we need Measures 66 and 67.

Measures 66 and 67 preserve our communities by maintaining basic funding for essential services like education, health care, and public safety, and protect the middle class as they struggle to make ends meet. We need to vote yes in January to help Oregon protect our kids' futures and maintain a positive legacy for the future.

Please join the 600-plus members of the Association of Oregon Faculties in Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

W. Gregory Monahan

Association of Oregon Faculties

(This information furnished by W. Gregory Monahan, Association of Oregon Faculties.)


Argument in Favor

As a farmer in Lebanon, I know first hand how deeply this recession has affected our rural communities. Because of decisions made by the Wall Street banks and credit card companies, hard working rural families like my own are feeling the pain.

These measures do what's right in difficult economic times – they protect families who have been victims of the economy and help put Oregon on a path to recovery.

This recession has hit Oregon's rural communities especially hard, creating an even greater need for services like quality health and senior care. That's why Measures 66 and 67 are the right thing to do, especially for our rural towns. These measures are necessary to fund the vital services when we need them the most.

Rural Oregon has more than our fair share of unemployment, and voting YES on these measures will give desperately needed relief to those who have lost their jobs, because Measure 66 gets rid of taxes on unemployment benefits for this year.

Oregon's farmers work hard, provide for our families, pay our taxes, and care deeply about our communities. Voting YES on these measures will protect our schools, care for our seniors, and will keep our communities safe.

I do my part. I pay my fair share. I pay more than $10 in taxes. Big corporations and rich CEOs should do their part too.

Lots of times, it can seem like these major decisions that affect us are out of our control. But Measures 66 and 67 let us—the voters—decide who should pay and how we will recover from this recession.

I hope you'll join me in looking at the facts and then voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Jim Just, Owner
La Ferme Noire Vineyards
Lebanon, OR

(This information furnished by Jim Just, La Ferme Noire Vineyards.)


Argument in Favor

Small Business Owners Across the State
Urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

"In times of crisis, Oregonians do what's right to help out their neighbors, friends, and family. Getting through this recession is going to require that same commitment to doing what's right. Measures 66 and 67 help the people who need help the most, by cutting taxes on unemployment benefits and keeping the doors open at our community colleges and universities. As proud Oregonians and business owners, we know these measures are the right thing to do."

Constance Palaia Marr, Co-owner
Motel Del Rogue
Grants Pass, Oregon
Kevin P. Marr, Co-owner
Motel Del Rogue
Grants Pass, Oregon

"I'm voting yes because these measures are designed to protect schools and other social services. Measures 66 and 67 simply ask for corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share for the things we all need. As a small business owner and as an Oregonian, I'm voting Yes."

John Schmitt, President
OakTree Digital
Portland, Oregon

"The recession has hit Oregon hard, and how we respond to it is a test of who we are as a people. These measures help preserve what makes Oregon a great place to live and own a business. Strong schools that provide kids with a bright future are an integral part of our communities. In my view, voting yes is how we maintain our values through these hard times."

Rhonda L. Ealy, Owner
Strictly Organic Coffee Co.
Bend, Oregon

(This information furnished by Constance Palaia Marr, Co-owner, Motel Del Rogue.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon's Children, Families, and Seniors are Counting on You

It's Time for Corporations to Pay More than $10 in Income Taxes

How we respond to this recession is a test of who we are as a people. In this time of crisis, we believe the right thing to do is to protect the Oregonians who are struggling the most in this economy.

Measures 66 and 67 will help those who need it most:

  • Seniors and people with disabilities, by protecting thein-home care that allows them to live with dignity and independence in their own homes

  • Children of struggling families, by making sure their basic needs are met

  • Those who are looking for work, by removing taxes on most of their unemployment benefits for 2009

These measures are the right thing to get us through these tough times.

Wall Street banks and credit card companies have taken billions in federal bailout dollars, yet thanks to Oregon's $10 minimum, one customer pays more in overdraft fees and outrageous credit card finance charges than these corporations pay in Oregon taxes.

This election is an opportunity for us-the people of Oregon-to decide whether big corporations and the rich should finally pay their fair share for the services we all rely on. Voting YES will hold the big corporations and their special interest lobbyists accountable.

And these measures protect Oregon's middle class. If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you won't pay a single penny more.

There are over 40,000 SEIU members in Oregon, frontline workers who help deliver the vital public services we all count on every day.

Vote YES to protect quality services for local communities.

Vote YES to protect Oregon's middle-class families.

Vote YES to make sure that big corporations are paying more than $10 in income taxes.

Linda J. Burgin, President
SEIU Local 503, OPEU

(This information furnished by Arthur Towers, SEIU Local 503.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon Economists Say Voting "Yes" Is the Prudent Choice
for Economic Recovery

We are a group of Oregon economists who have considered these measures and have concluded that there is a strong economic case for voting yes.

Faced with this recession, it is economically better for the state to raise taxes on corporations and households that make morethan $250,000 per year than it is to cut vital services, or to raise taxes on the middle class.

This is because the bulk of the money that the state spends on public services - more than 90 percent of which goes to education, health and human services and public safety - is spent right here in Oregon. Economists agree that spending on education, health and human services is the strongest form of economic stimulus spending, delivering the most "bang for the buck."

And, because some state money brings in Federal matching funds, Oregon will receive more Federal dollars if the measures pass, and fewer Federal dollars if they fail.

Further, because a significant portion of Oregon's corporate taxes are paid by out-of-state corporations, Measures 66 and 67 bring money into Oregon's economy that otherwise would be spent elsewhere.

Eminent economists, such as President Barack Obama's budget director Peter Orszag, and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, agree that in a recession, it is preferable for states to enact targeted tax increases than to cut services. The economy recovers faster, and investments made in education, health and human services pay off big in terms of future productivity.

In other words, it is our assessment that passing Measures 66 and 67 is the prudent choice for Oregon's economy.

Mary C. King, Professor
Portland State University Economics Department

Michael F. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Sheehan & Sheehan Economics LLC

Ronald L. Chastain, Ph.D.
Chastain Economic Consulting

Patrick M. Emerson
Professor of Economics in Oregon

Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics
Lewis and Clark College

(Universities listed for identification purposes only)

(This information furnished by Mary C. King, Portland State University Economics Department.)


Argument in Favor

Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67 to Save Vital Senior Services

Join the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans in voting YES on these measures.

The Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans works to advance public policy that protects the health and economic security of older Americans. The Alliance believes that seniors must work together to preserve all that we have fought for and all that future generations of Americans deserve. We must be our own advocates!

That is why we are strongly supporting Measures 66 and 67. In this time of economic crisis, we must work to preserve the Oregon we've all value. When times get tough, Oregonians come together to do what's right.

These measures protect services for the most vulnerable Oregonians, including Oregon's retirees. Protecting our schools, healthcare, in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities, keeping our communities safe-this is the Oregon way.

The large corporations and out-of-state special interests opposed to these measures don't care about our communities. The corporate lobbyists don't care about protecting the health of our rural communities or about making sure that Oregon's seniors can live with independence and dignity. The opponents only care about protecting their embarrassingly low $10 income tax.

It's time for Oregonians to stand up and protect our communities and our future.

Measures 66 and 67 will continue the investments we've made in education, so that our children and grandchildren get the training they need to compete in the global market. These measures will prevent cuts that could shortchange future generations.

It's time to stand up for what's right for Oregon. It's time to Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

(This information furnished by Gerald S. Morris, Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon's Religious Leaders for Tax Fairness

Tax fairness is the moral choice for people of faith
Vote Yes on 66 and 67

As religious leaders and citizens, we have considered the arguments for and against these two measures and have sought to discern the path of justice and righteousness with regard to this election. We have come to the following conclusions.

Times are tough
Too many Oregonians have lost their jobs or experienced pay cuts; many have seen their retirement savings or health benefits vanish. State revenues have fallen sharply, and education, law enforcement and many other services have seen their budgets cut.

We cannot allow working families and the most vulnerable to bear this burden alone, while many corporations and highincome taxpayers resist a modest increase in their taxes. Our congregations are doing all they can to provide help for those in need, but charity alone is not enough. Government must also provide a safety net for those most afflicted.

93% of our state budget is devoted to education, health care, human services, and public safety. These programs make possible future economic growth and sustain struggling families in hard times. Further budget cuts would be unconscionable and self-defeating.

It is fair and just that those who continue to prosper greatly should give back a little more of their income to support the public services that have made their prosperity possible. The responsibility of the wealthy to the poor and to the common good is a principle deeply rooted in the texts and teachings of our religious traditions.

Congregational names listed for identification purposes only.

Mary Jo Tully
Chancellor, Archdiocese of Portland
Rev. Dr. Lorne Bostwick
Senior Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell Rev. Patricia Campbell-Schmitt
Rev. Lynne Smouse López, Pastor
Ainsworth United Church of Christ
The Reverend Stephen L. Schafroth
Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon
Rev. W.J. Mark Knutson Rabbi Joey Wolf

See over 100 endorsers at www.taxfairnessoregon.org

(This information furnished by Josie Koehne, Tax Fairness Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

The Democratic Party of Oregon Says
Vote YES for Middle-Class Families and Tax Fairness

While personal income tax rates have been going up with inflation, most corporations doing business in Oregon still pay only $10 year- the same amount they've paid since 1931. The average Oregon family now pays more income taxes than 300 corporations pay, all put together.

Wall Street banks and credit card companies have taken billions in federal bailout dollars, yet thanks to the $10 corporate minimum, a customer pays more in overdraft fees and outrageous credit card finance charges than most corporations pay in Oregon taxes.

Voting yes is the change we need to help protect middle-class families and have corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

Measures 66 and 67 protect Oregonians who have been hardest hit by the recession - seniors, children and the unemployed - and prevent them from being hurt again by drastic cuts to essential services in health care, education and public safety. In fact, these measures cut taxes for the unemployed this year, and only raise the tax rate on those who can afford to pay more - the wealthiest 2.5% of Oregonians.

If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you won't pay a single penny more.

Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67 and protect Oregonians from drastic cuts in health care, education and public safety and support tax fairness.

And thank you for helping to keep Oregon safe, healthy, and educated.

Democratic Party of Oregon

(This information furnished by Meredith Wood Smith, Democratic Party of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

School Board Members From Across the State
Urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

As school board members from around the state, we serve communities large and small. Our kids go to school in urban and rural districts. They come from families from many different walks of life.

One thing that all Oregon kids have in common is that they deserve a quality education with reasonable class sizes and full school years.

Measures 66 and 67 will help Oregon students learn and succeed in school.

These measures not only protect schools, they bring fairness to our tax system. Right now, two-thirds of corporations pay only $10 a year in income taxes. Corporations and the wealthy need to step up to help protect classrooms and services right here in our communities. These measures move the burden off of middle-class families and protect our kids' future.

Many of our schools are operating on bare bones budgets but remain committed to providing a high-quality education for students. Measures 66 and 67 will help keep our schools whole, while avoiding teacher layoffs, increases in class size or shortened school years.

Support Our Schools
Join us in Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67

David H. Krumbein, Board Chair, Pendleton School District 16-R

Karen Cunningham, Beaverton School District, Board of Directors Member

Fred Marble Forest Grove School District, Board Member

Linda Brown, member Lake Oswego School Board

Bobbie Regan Portland Public School Board

David T. Beeson-Director (position 6), Silver Falls School District/Board of Directors

Randy Tweten, La Grande School District, Board of Directors
Board of Directors, Oregon School Boards Association

(This information furnished by Bobbie Regan, Portland Public School Board.)


Argument in Favor

Voting yes is about protecting the health of the state.

Voting yes is about doing what's right for Oregon.

Right now, most corporations pay only $10 in state income taxes-the same amount they've paid since 1931.

It's no wonder middle class families think they're paying too much. The average Oregon family now pays more income taxes than 300 corporations pay, all put together.

In this economic crisis, it's time for us to do the right thing. It's crucial that we protect the health of everyone in this state, particularly those who've been hurt most by the recession.

Voting YES means we value protecting our most vulnerable neighbors and family members-seniors, children, and people with disabilities. These measures will protect thousands of adults and children on the Oregon Health Plan, ensuring that in this time of need, Oregonians still have access to quality healthcare.

These measures will fund nursing home safety, elder abuse enforcement, lifesaving prescription drugs, and home care that helps low-income seniors remain independent.

Measures 66 and 67 will help those looking for work by removing taxes on their 2009 unemployment benefits, preserve our communities by maintaining basic funding for essential services like schools, health care, and public safety, and protect the middle class as they struggle to make ends meet.

We need to vote yes in January to help protect access to healthcare for Oregonians in need.

Join Oregonians for Health Security in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

(This information furnished by Jessica Stevens, Oregonians for Health Security.)


Argument in Favor

So, who will actually pay more under Measures 66 and 67?

If your family makes less than $250,000 per year, you won't pay a penny more.

Even if you are fortunate enough to earn more than that as a family, the nominal increase will only apply to those dollars earned ABOVE the first $250,000. In other words, if your earnings are $260K, your increase would be approximately $180.

A couple that brings home over $21,600 a month would be asked to pay an additional $15 a month.

These measures are reasonable when you look at the real facts.

Measures 66 and 67 will protect middle-class families.

These measures will protect jobs in Oregon when we need them most.

Don't be fooled by the scare tactics employed by the opponents. The well-funded corporate lobbyists opposing these measures want you to believe that you will suffer unspeakable harm with a new burden of excessive tax.

Most Oregonians will pay no additional taxes. These measures only raise taxes on corporations (most of whom have been paying $10 a year in income taxes) and households that make more than $250,000.

Legislators elected to the state legislature in 2008 faced a difficult task. Facing a state budget crisis further crippled by a sagging economy nationally, legislators sought to find a budget solution that would be FAIR to Oregonians and save critical jobs and services in education, public safety and health care.

This is a good solution.

This is a fair solution.

Democratic Party of Multnomah County

(This information furnished by Susan Silodor, Democratic Party of Multnomah County.)


Argument in Favor

Measures 66 and 67 Save Jobs and Protect Families.

Join Family Child Care Providers.
Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67!

With Oregon's economy in crisis, now more than ever we need critical services like Oregon's Employment Related Day Care Program.

As a family childcare provider, I have seen firsthand how this program supports families by helping low-income working Oregonians pay for child care. And the ability to access affordable child care often makes the difference between being able to keep a job, and losing a job that parents desperately need in order to make ends meet.

Voting "no" on Measures 66 and 67 would cost jobs in two ways:

  1. Family child care providers would lose their jobs, because they would no longer be able to afford to provide childcare at a reduced rate to families in need;


  2. The hard-working parents who rely on these family child care providers would be faced with a terrible choice: give up their job or put their children at risk.

That's why Oregon's family child care providers urge you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Programs like this one help hard working Oregonians keep their jobs and continue contributing to our economic recovery, while also ensuring that children are protected, nurtured and well cared for.

The results speak for themselves:

  • 3,500 low-income families with young children receive proper child care.

  • 1,800 jobs saved because parents can go to work safe in the knowledge that their children are well-cared for.

Big corporations and rich CEOs will try to make this issue complicated, but it is really quite simple: should corporations and the rich finally pay their fair share and contribute to critical services that help keep children safe and parents in the workplace?

For our sake, for our children's sake, for Oregon's families' sake, please join family childcare providers like me in voting YES!

Sandra Araujo
Family Childcare Worker

(This information furnished by Arthur Towers, SEIU Local 503.)


Argument in Favor

Small Business Owners
Urge a Yes Vote on Ballot Measures 66 and 67

For years, our family has owned a small business in Douglas County. Small businesses are the backbone of Oregon's economy. We need to give small, local business owners the support and opportunities they need to be successful. That's why we will be voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Measures 66 and 67 protect small business.

93% of small business owners in Oregon will not pay a dime more in personal income taxes under these measures. What the measures will provide for our local communities are good schools, access to health care and safe neighborhoods. These are the very things small businesses need to thrive, especially in a tough economy.

Measures 66 and 67 stop large corporations from getting away with paying just $10 a year in taxes.

Oregon families and small businesses have been shouldering the burden of paying for our schools, health care and public safety services. In fact, the taxes we pay provide nearly 95% of the funding for the services we all rely on. At the same time, two-thirds of corporations doing business in Oregon are paying just $10 a year in taxes. The average Oregon family pays more than 300 corporations pay in income taxes all put together.

Measures 66 and 67 protect our schools and help keep our kids safe.

In addition to owning and running a small business, I am also a special education teacher in a juvenile detention center in Roseburg. Every day I witness heart-wrenching stories of the challenges my kids and their families face. Measures 66 and 67 protect funding for education and services that keep families and kids off drugs and away from crime.

Help Protect Small Businesses and Kids
Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67

Wicker Works
M. Robina Malone - owner
(small business)

(This information furnished by Mary Robina Malone, Wicker Works.)


Argument in Favor

Small Business Owners
Urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

"These measures are necessary to fund vital services when we need them most. I live and do business in Oregon because we value our schools, universities, and basic services. These are the things that allow businesses to thrive, young entrepreneurs to flourish, and big new ideas to develop. We must continue to protect our priorities, and that's why I'm voting YES."

John Mullin, President
Amallegory Productions, Inc.
Portland, Oregon

"Measures 66 and 67 are the right move for our economy. In order for the state to get back on our feet, we'll need to protect jobs and basic services here in Oregon. These measures will make sure that middle class families and small businesses aren't carrying the burden of this recession."

Bill Dickey, Co-owner
Witham & Dickey
Portland, Oregon

"For Oregon to thrive, we need to offer businesses a welltrained workforce and provide our kids the tools to win the good paying jobs of tomorrow. It's both irresponsible and shortsighted to keep cutting education funding. That's why I'm voting yes on Measures 66 and 67."

Albee Kara, President
Faster Connections, Inc.
Portland, Oregon

(This information furnished by John Mullin, Amallegory Productions Inc.)


Argument in Favor

As an employee of the Oregon Youth Authority, I know firsthand the stakes that are on the line with these ballot measures, both for troubled kids and for all of our communities.

I'm supporting a Yes vote on these measures, because our communities cannot afford to turn our backs on the young people in our communities who need our help the most.

From Pendleton to Hillsboro to Medford, communities around Oregon struggle with gang activity and youth violence. OYA staff and community partners work with youth who have been involved in gangs. It's our job to make sure these kids make a healthy transition back into their communities, reducing gang violence.

Our programs are affected doubly by the economic crisis. The downturn creates an environment where more youth are at risk for becoming involved with gangs and violent behaviors. At the same time, the economic crisis threatens the resources we need to provide these services.

Measures 66 and 67 will help prevent closures of multiple OYA facilities and elimination of beds around the state. At these facilities, my colleagues and I work to ensure public safety and provide accountability and reformation opportunities to youth who represent an unacceptable risk in the community.

Our communities can't afford to lose the vital services that OYA provides. Voting Yes to protect vital services will help keep more and more youth from turning to the streets and a life of crime.

I'm urging you to join me in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67, so we can continue to protect our communities and give troubled kids a second chance at a healthy, crime-free life.

Franklin Ron Weaver
Multicultural Services Coordinator
Oregon Youth Authority

(This information furnished by Arthur Towers, SEIU Local 503.)


Argument in Favor

Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67

Protect Oregon's Most Vulnerable Citizens

Support Local Jobs

Protect Oregon's Economy

As nursing home owners and operators who provide high quality services to seniors and families in our communities, we support Measures 66 and 67.

Our businesses provide vital services that allow older Oregonians to live safely and with dignity, independence, and respect. We also provide good jobs for 600 Oregonians.

Across the state, other senior care professionals employ over 30,000 Oregonians in good paying jobs. These employers and employees are vital parts of our local economy, creating economic activity that helps other local businesses.

Measures 66 and 67 will help make sure seniors get the high quality care and services they need and provide good-paying jobs for health care professionals and caregivers.

These measures do what's right in difficult economic times - they protect older Oregonians and their families who have been victims of the economy and help put Oregon on a path to recovery.

Please join us in voting yes on Measures 66 and 67. It's the right thing to do for our seniors, for Oregon families and for our economy.

Dan Gregory, Owner
WestWind Enhanced Care in Medford

Mike Hudman, President
Gateway Living and Gateway Gardens in Springfield and Eugene

Mark Kinkade, Vice President
Gateway Living and Gateway Gardens in Springfield and Eugene

Todd Woollard, CEO
Woollard Ipsen Management LLC in Coos, Jackson and Josephine Counties

(This information furnished by Lauren Rhoades, Oregon Health Care Association.)


Argument in Favor

It's time to level the playing field. Oregon's working and
middle-class families

urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67.

Measures 66 and 67 will protect:

--Oregon jobs
--Oregon families
--Oregon communities.

Right now, while working and middle-class families are struggling just to make ends meet in this recession, large out-ofstate corporations who make millions of dollars in Oregon are paying just $10 a year in income taxes.

The recession may continue, and many more people could lose their jobs. Many of the unemployed could have trouble finding new livelihoods, particularly if they are over forty years old. These measures will protect the basic services and keep the burden from being shifted to those who can least afford it.

Supporting public services provides a critical and minimal safety net to those who are already stressed and using all their available resources. We need to look after each other.

These measures will help protect Oregon jobs and are necessary preserve the critical services that are needed now more than ever. These measures will help those who've been hurt the most by this recession by protecting vital services and removing taxes on the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits.

66 and 67 will start to hold corporations accountable by making sure that corporations are paying more than $10 a year in income taxes and asking for those who've benefited most from our state to contribute just a bit more.

The measures protect services that we all depend on. By voting YES on 66 and 67, we'll be keeping our communities safe and making it clear that corporate greed is NOT an Oregon value.

Join in Voting YES to protect Oregon's future.

Central Oregon Jobs with Justice

Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice

Mid-Willamette Valley Jobs with Justice

Portland Jobs with Justice

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice

(This information furnished by Brenda Sifuentez, Portland Jobs with Justice.)


Argument in Favor

Voting Yes is the Right Thing to Do for Those in Need

CareOregon urges a Yes Vote on 66 and 67 to protect the victims of this recession.

These measures do what's right in difficult economic times - they protect families who have been victims of the economy and help put Oregon on the road to recovery.

As the recession has deepened, more and more families have found themselves in need. How we respond to this crisis will be a test of who we are as a people.

CareOregon believes that Measures 66 and 67 are the fair way to fund necessary and vital services at a time when we need them most. In our greatest time of need, we believe Oregonians should come together to protect those hit hardest-uninsured children, seniors, and struggling families.

Here's just one example: the measures fund nursing home safety, elder abuse enforcement, lifesaving prescription drugs, and home care that helps low-income seniors remain independent.

We need to vote yes in January to help Oregon protect our communities and maintain our values through these hard times.

Please join us in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

CareOregon is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving and protecting the health of low-income and vulnerable Oregonians.

(This information furnished by Martin Taylor, CareOregon.)


Argument in Favor

"Do justice, Love mercy, and Walk humbly with God." (Micah 6:8)
Vote YES on Measures 66 & 67

The Oregon Center for Christian Values (OCCV) is dedicated to advocating for public policies in Oregon addressing care for the poor, the oppressed, the sick, and the environment that are biblically grounded and reflect the values of Jesus Christ.

Do JUSTICE
In a just society, Scripture states that those who have abundant resources are responsible (Luke 12:48) to allocate what God has given them to those who are poor and suffering. and those who may depend on the mercy of others (Leviticus 19:9-10; Leviticus 25).

Voting YES will protect an estimated $1 billion that will support:

  • Unemployed and underemployed who rely on temporary assistance for needy families, food stamps and other programs
  • Health care for children and low-income adults
  • Seniors and the disabled who depend on state in-home care programs
Love MERCY
Jesus said to demonstrate mercy to children, the disabled, broken, hurting, sick, and poor, in both His words and actions (Luke 4:18-19). In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus asked, "[who] do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert of the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise".

Voting YES will show mercy to our neighbors by supporting:

  • Oregon's children, youth, teachers, and programs in K-12 education
  • College students who depend on affordable higher education
  • Public safety in our communities
Walk HUMBLY with God
In humbling ourselves to serve the humble, we reflect God's attributes (Proverbs 29:7; Philippians 2:1-8) as we love our neighbor.

Our reflection on Scripture and examination of Oregon's current fiscal situation and tax structure have led us to support Measures 66 and 67.We humbly invite you to join Oregon Center for Christian Values in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

(This information furnished by Stephanie Mathis, Oregon Center for Christian Values.)


Argument in Favor

Measures 66 and 67
Important for Oregon, Critical For Rural Oregon

At Northwoods Nursery, we know that our state's rural counties have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis. Measures 66 and 67 are necessary to protect the services our communities- and our small businesses-depend on.

Measures 66 and 67 Protect Jobs

By voting "Yes" on Measures 66 and 67, we will fund the vital services that all Oregonians depend on, and that are critical to protecting the health of our citizens and the economic future of Oregon's rural communities.

Schools, senior care, assisted living facilities, and community colleges provide both important services and needed jobs. In rural communities like mine, these are among the largest employers.

By voting "Yes" on these measures, we will protect the education and training that we need to move Oregon forward. Our business needs qualified employees and these measures protect class sizes, keep tuition stable for higher education, and maintain access to on-the-job and vocational training programs through Oregon's community colleges.

Measures 66 and 67 Protect Our Nurseries and Farms

Nursery owners and farmers in Oregon depend on Oregon State University's Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Extension Service, which are protected by Measures 66 and 67. The Department of Agriculture's plant pest and disease control program is especially important to agricultural businesses and nurseries like Northwoods.

Please join me in Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67

Jim Gilbert, owner
Northwoods Nursery/One Green World
Molalla, Oregon

(This information furnished by Jim Gilbert, Northwoods Nursery/One Green World.)


Argument in Favor

Oregonians Deserve Fair Taxes and Good Schools

Vote Yes on Measure 66

Measure 66 is necessary to fund Oregon's schools, community colleges and other vital public services when we need them most.

Measure 66 makes our tax system fairer, and eases the burden on middle-class families by asking the rich to pay their fair share. For too long, Oregon's working and middle-class families have been shouldering too much of the tax burden. Measure 66 helps ensure that the richest households, flourishing even in this economy, pay their fair share for critical services like our children's schools.

Measure 66 protects Oregonians relying on community colleges for the training they need to get back on their feet. People who have lost jobs in the recession must build their skills to be competitive when the job market turns around. Community colleges are already strained by the increased demand for their services. Measure 66 will protect them from another round of huge cuts.

Measure 66 is a critical piece of a strong economic recovery. A strong economy depends on a high quality education system at all levels. Measure 66 will allow our education system to continue to serve our students as we rebuild our economy. That's the best way to achieve economic vitality.

Measure 66 helps those who need it most by providing a break for more than 270,000 unemployed Oregonians. People who have lost their jobs are struggling to provide basic necessities like food and shelter for their families. Measure 66 helps these families by removing taxes on the first $2400 of unemployment benefits received in 2009.

The 33,000 members of the American Federation of Teachers in Oregon know both a vital economy and people depend on a high quality education.

Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 66

Oregon School Employees Association

American Federation of Teachers - Oregon

(This information furnished by Robert A. Wagner, American Federation of Teachers - Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon's Home Care Workers Ask You to Vote Yes
on Measures 66 and 67

My name is Herlinda Breitenstein. I live in Independence, OR and I'm a homecare worker. I'm part of a trained workforce of caregivers who serve thousands of Oregon families and seniors every day.

Frontline caregivers, like myself, are extremely committed to the work that we do and to those we care for. We do for them what they can no longer do for themselves, enabling our clients to live in their own homes.

In-home care gives the elderly and people with disabilities a greater sense of dignity and independence, better access to family and friends, and the peace of mind that comes with attentive and affordable care in safe, familiar environments. And in-home care is less costly than institutional care, saving taxpayer dollars.

That's why I urge you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67, in order to preserve the critical homecare services Oregon's most vulnerable, seniors, and the disabled depend on.

Not only is state funding in jeopardy if these measures fail, but we could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal matching funds that help pay for Medicaid and other federal money that supports Oregon's in-home care. Instead of helping to save jobs and preserve critical services in Oregon, these federal dollars would instead go to other states, like California or Idaho.

Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 is the right thing to do. These measures are a good solution to protecting critical services for those most in need, because they simply ensure that everyone - including big corporations - is paying their fair share.

As one of 10,000 home health care workers in Oregon who is on the frontlines every day working to make the lives of seniors and those with disabilities better, I urge you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Herlinda Breitenstein
Homecare Worker

(This information furnished by Arthur Towers, SEIU Local 503.)


Argument in Favor

Small Businesses For 66 and 67

As business owners and community leaders, we recognized the importance of funding vital services at a time when Oregonians need them most.

Measures 66 and 67 are the right thing to do.

These measures do what's right in difficult economic times - they protect families who have been victims of the economy and help put Oregon on a path to recovery. Measures 66 and 67 preserve funding for education, healthcare, and job training for Oregonians.

Our economy cannot afford cuts to schools and higher education, undermining our public education system. Skilled workers and a strong educational system are essential to attracting business investment in Oregon. As Oregon's economy begins to rebound, we need to support local businesses by investing in education and workforce training.

A Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67 protect funding for our schools and support a healthy economy.

In order for Oregon to thrive, we need to offer businesses a well-trained workforce, and provide our kids the tools to win the good paying jobs of tomorrow.

Oregon's young people, entrepreneurs and start-up companies cannot succeed in a state that does not provide good schools, safe communities and basic services.

Measures 66 and 67 protect the services businesses need most.

By voting yes on Measures 66 and 67 we protect the very things Oregon's businesses count on - a strong public education system and a public safety system that keeps neighborhoods and business districts safe.

Please join us in voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Mike Roach, Co-Owner
Paloma Clothing
Hillsdale, Oregon

Kim Osgood, Co-Owner
Paloma Clothing
Hillsdale, Oregon

David L. Vernier, CEO, Vernier Software & Technology
Beaverton, Oregon

Brian Setzler, CPA - Owner
TriLibrium
Portland, Oregon

(This information furnished by Mike Roach, Co-Owner, Paloma Clothing.)


Argument in Favor

From The Gospel According to St. Luke, chapter eighteen:

  1. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
  2. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

(This information furnished by James Allen Marshall.)


Argument in Favor

Measure 66 creates a minor tax increase on personal household taxable income greater than $250,000 (individual taxable income greater than $125,000). This tax increase was put into place by your legislators this past summer to balance Oregon's state budget. The Association of Engineering Employees Political Action Committee strongly urges you to vote in favor of this tax to support education, health care and public safety and preserve federal matching money.

(This information furnished by Evan Burroughs, Treasurer, Association of Engineering Employees Political Action Committee.)


Argument in Favor

Common Cause Oregon is neutral on Measures 66 and 67, but is tracking campaign contributions.

The two chief petitioner committees that collected signatures to qualify Measures 66 and 67 raised $960,196 as reported by the signature turn-in deadline of September 25. Most of this money came from two political committees. Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes gave 64 percent or $610,072, while Taxpayer Defense Fund gave $194,280 or 20 percent of total chief petitioner fundraising.

The largest single donation to Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes was $100,000 from Oregon Bankers Association. Associated Oregon Industries and its political committee gave $125,300, Weyerhaeuser gave $51,194, Common Sense for Oregon, Inc. gave $50,000 and Roseburg Forest Products gave $45,000.

The top two donors to Taxpayer Defense Fund were Nevadabased Loren Parks, who gave $75,000, and $22,752 from FreedomWorks, Inc. in Washington, D.C. These contributions comprised 51 percent of Taxpayer Defense Funds total fundraising of $190,446.

Detailed charts on the contributions to qualify Measures 66 and 67 are available at www.commoncause.org/oregon at the research center.

In mid-November, when this statement was prepared, "yes" and "no" campaign money was just starting to flow so the following contribution information is only preliminary.

The top three donors to Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes after the signature turn-in deadline through mid-November were $50,460 from Associated General Contractors of America, $25,700 from the Oregon Restaurant Association and its affiliated political committee, and $17,900 from the Portland Business Alliance and its political committee.

The top three donors to Vote Yes for Oregon, as reported through mid-November, were $75,000 from the Oregon Public Employees Union, SEIU Local 503, $50,000 from the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon Issue PAC, and $25,000 from the Oregon Health Care Association.

Updated "yes" and "no" campaign contribution information will be at www.commoncause.org/oregon at the research center when you receive your Voters' Pamphlet. Common Cause Oregon appreciates your interest in "following the money" in these ballot measure campaigns.

(This information furnished by Janice Thompson, Common Cause Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Supports Making the Tax System Fairer for Working and Middle-Class Families

As a voice for many in the faith community and as a provider of social services, we add our support to Measures 66 and 67. We all have a solemn responsibility to care for those who cannot do so for themselves, especially in challenging economic times like these. We believe it is fair and just to ask corporations and the most prosperous Oregonians to do their part in helping us through these tough times.

Those of us who operate faith-based charities and non-profit organizations know that we cannot meet the needs that exist in Oregon without a strong government role in providing health care, affordable housing, job training and other services that provide hope and opportunity. Support from private donors and business partners do not provide enough resources to serve all of society's most vulnerable populations. We need all of us to come together to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for all Oregonians.

Ballot Measures 66 and 67 help protect the most vulnerable Oregonians and secure adequate funding for public education, health care and public safety programs. The national economic crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. But it has hit society's most vulnerable - the working poor, seniors and children - particularly hard.

Measures 66 and 67 protect services like early childhood education, residential care for seniors, Oregon Project Independence, and health care for working families. They also help to provide the solid foundation for quality public education that all of our children deserve.

We urge you to Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67-the tax fairness package that secures Oregon's future and protects those in need.

Join with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and faith leaders in voting Yes on Ballot Measures 66 and 67.

For more information on EMO's positions on ballot measures, go to www.emoregon.org.

(This information furnished by Kevin Finney, Public Policy Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Measure 66 is a step toward balance when we need it most

Only 2.5% of filers (households above $250,000) will see any increase in their taxes. But more than 270,000 struggling Oregonians will get a tax break.

Why is Oregon such a special place? Because we care about each other. We care about our parents, our children and our entire community. That's why we need to invest in their future, by voting YES on Measure 66.

To pay for the public structures that serve and protect us all, we need to restore balance to our tax system. Wealthy Oregonians currently pay a smaller percent of their income in taxes than all other taxpayers, especially lower-income Oregonians. Families with taxable income of less than $250,000 ($125,000 for individuals) will not see their income tax change one penny.

At the same time, unemployed Oregonians will get a tax cut. The first $2,400 in benefits for the unemployed will be exempt from state taxation in 2009, providing tax relief for over 270,000 Oregonians who have been affected by the recession.

Measure 66 will begin to make Oregon's taxes fairer for working and middle-class families, who now pay more of their income than wealthiest Oregonians.

Measure 66 is fair. It is necessary. And it is the right thing to do.

Join Tax Fairness Oregon in voting YES on Measure 66.

To find out more, visit www.TaxFairnessOregon.org.

(This information furnished by Jody Wiser, Tax Fairness Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

WORKING FAMILIES SUPPORT MEASURES 66 & 67

The 7,000-plus members of SEIU Local 49 are health care workers who transport patients, cook meals, draw blood, clean hospital rooms, provide emergency care and answer patient calls; we are janitors who keep our schools, universities, airports, sport facilities and downtown buildings clean and safe.

We work hard every day to earn a living and provide for our families. We pay our taxes and support our local communities.

But too many Oregon corporations are not paying their fair share.

Last year, the average Oregon family of four paid over $3,000 in taxes, but more than two-thirds of corporations doing business in Oregon paid just $10 in the corporate minimum tax.

That's not fair for working families.

Measures 66 and 67 will protect almost $1 billion in funding for the services working families need. By raising the corporate minimum and the tax rates on households with income above $250,000, we can preserve essential services like K-12 education, in-home care for seniors, and the Oregon Health Plan.

The working families of SEIU Local 49 urge you to VOTE YES to make taxes more fair and protect essential services.

(This information furnished by Felisa Hagins, SEIU Local 49.)


Argument in Favor

Now is the time to protect Oregon's critical services.

Measures 66 and 67 are simple. They protect about $1 billion in funding for schools, healthcare, and public safety by raising the $10 corporate minimum income tax (for the first time since 1931) to $150 and raising the marginal tax rate on households that earn more than $250,000.

These measures are vital to protecting the essential services that all vibrant communities depend on: good schools, quality health and senior care, and the safety of our families and homes. These three areas make up more than 90 percent of the state's general fund budget. A small but critical portion of these revenues will also go to state and local planning services that help keep Oregon's economy moving and promote our unique quality of life. The money generated by these measures has already been budgeted, so failure of these measures would directly cause huge cutbacks in education, public safety, healthcare and other services, such as community planning.

By voting YES on these measures in January, you will ensure continued state assistance for important local job-producing functions, including planning for and construction of state and local transportation projects, planning for economic recovery and continued efficient and cost-effective permitting. Furthermore, nearly $1 billion will continue to circulate in Oregon's economy, which will be spent at local businesses and will help Oregon on the path to economic recovery.

Make your voice be heard by voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 to protect what makes our communities special.

Mission of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association includes promoting the art and science of planning, promoting sustainable development objectives through comprehensive planning for economic development, social and environmental objectives, fostering social and environmental equity, and advocating for every citizen's opportunity to participate.

American Planning Association, Oregon Chapter

(This information furnished by Jeannine Rustad, American Planning Association, Oregon Chapter.)


Argument in Favor

Join Empower Oregon in Voting Yes
To Protect Services for Oregon's Most Vulnerable

Empower Oregon is a group of workers dedicated to providing quality human services and opportunities to live with independence and dignity for the individuals we serve: People with mental, emotional or behavioral disorders; adults with developmental disabilities; individuals struggling to overcome substance abuse addictions and people who are homeless. The essential services we provide help our clients become healthier, more productive members of our community.

Measures 66 and 67 are necessary to fund these critical services to Oregonians who need them most. Oregonians with mental illness, addiction, developmental disabilities or who are experiencing homelessness count on state funding and services that Measure 66 and 67 provide. These services help many Oregonians live with the independence and dignity they deserve.

At the same time, Wall Street banks and credit card companies have taken billions in federal bailout dollars, yet thanks to the $10 dollar minimum, one customer pays more in overdraft fees and outrageous credit card finance charges than these corporations pay in Oregon taxes.

While our share of taxes keep going up, most corporations still pay only $10 dollars - the same amount they've paid since 1931. It's no wonder middle-class families think they're paying too much. The average Oregon family now pays more income taxes than 300 corporations pay, all put together.

These measures do what's right in difficult economic times - They protect families who have been victims of the economy and help put Oregon - and Oregon's most vulnerable - on a path to recovery. Measures 66 and 67 eliminate taxes on unemployment benefits, preserve funding for education and health care, and other vital services- the services needed most by those hit hardest by the economic crisis.

Please join us in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Find out more at www.empoweroregon.org.

(This information furnished by Meghan Moyer, Empower Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Do you care about Oregon's natural legacy?
Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67!

The Oregon Conservation Network is a coalition of more than 40 conservation groups around the state that works to pass laws that provide a legacy of clean air and water and protect our land and economy for future generations. Together, we represent more than 200,000 Oregonians who agree that conservation is an Oregon priority.

As Oregonians, we have a state to be proud of: Abundant farmland, lush forests, pristine public beaches, clean rivers, and special places that provide fish and wildlife habitat as well as some of the most beautiful and diverse recreation in the nation.

Oregon has a history of protecting what makes our state special. Measures 66 and 67 will help preserve Oregon's unique quality of life for future generations.

Measures 66 and 67 will protect funding for critical programs that will help preserve a natural legacy we can pass on to our children and grandchildren. This includes programs that monitor air quality and keep our waters free of toxic chemicals.

In addition, without Measures 66 and 67, programs that encourage investment in local, clean energy could be eliminated entirely. At a time when Oregon needs stable jobs and energy independence, we can't afford to go backward.

Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 is the responsible thing to do for our families.

Measures 66 and 67 ask corporations and Oregon's richest 2% to pay their fair share for the services we all benefit from. Most big corporations in Oregon pay only the minimum $10 corporate tax, which hasn't been raised since the 1930s. That's just not fair.

Protect Oregon.

Join the Oregon Conservation Network in voting YES
on 66 and 67.

Paid for by the following OCN member groups:

Climate Solutions Oregon Environmental Council
Confluence Consulting Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Sierra Club
Friends of Mount Hood WaterWatch of Oregon

(This information furnished by Katy Daily, Oregon Conservation Network.)


Argument in Favor

As financial advisors in the western United States, it's our job to help our clients maintain good access to the capital markets and to help them find the best possible financial solutions. We work with our clients to assess the long-term financial strength of their organizations arising from a sound financial strategy.

We've taken that same approach to analyzing these ballot measures, and we think the choice is clear: Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67 is the right thing to do for Oregon's economy in these tough times.

The health and prosperity of Oregon depends on the smart investments we make today. If we want to compete in the global marketplace of tomorrow, we must make decisions today that protect our investment in education, from K12 through community colleges and universities.

Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67 will protect Oregon's education, including job training and higher education, when we need it most.
Oregon's small businesses depend on a well-trained, educated workforce. Large businesses depend on basic services in order to keep their doors open. The investments we make in Measures 66 and 67 will pay off dividends for Oregon's economy.

As business owners, we believe that we are most successful when we are engaged, committed members of the communities we serve. We're supporting these measures because they are the right thing to do, because they are necessary to fund critical services, and because they are a smart investment in the future of our state. Please join us and other Oregon businesses in voting YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Sincerely,

Patrick Clancy, Managing Member
Western Financial Group
Lake Oswego, Oregon

(This information furnished by Patrick Clancy, Western Financial Group.)


Argument in Favor

Vote Yes on Ballot Measures 66 and 67
to give everyone in Oregon a chance at a better future.

Across the state, Oregon's 17 community colleges provide opportunity for people to get the training and skills they need to get back to work. Today, 350,000 Oregonians receive education and vital skills training through their local community college.

A Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67 will help give displaced workers a second chance, by getting them the training and education they need to get back into the workplace and provide for their families.

Now more than ever, Oregonians are relying on community colleges. This year alone, community college enrollment has jumped by 10%, adding nearly 44,000 students.

Measures 66 and 67 will ensure that every student has access to an affordable education.

If Measures 66 and 67 were to fail, Oregon's community colleges would be faced with untenable choices. Eliminate programs. Deny students. Close campuses. With the economy just beginning to improve, we can't afford those cuts.

Voting Yes on Measures 66 and 67 will help avoid hefty tuition increases, cuts to course offerings, and massive layoffs of instructors and staff.

Community colleges bolster the economy by training students in skills that local businesses need. As Oregon strives to meet the challenges and opportunities of the global economy, a strong community college system is crucial to deliver a highly skilled, well-trained workforce.

Measures 66 and 67 will provide Oregon the well-trained workforce needed for our economy to recover and grow.

Help Oregonians Find Work and Provide for their Families.

Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67!

Chuck Clemans, member Clackamas Community College Board

Dr. Ernest R. Keller - Member Columbia Gorge Community College Board

Beverly Russell, Board Chair, Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education

Marilyn Lane, Clatsop Community College Board Chair

(This information furnished by Chuck Clemans.)


Argument in Favor

A Message From Attorney General John Kroger

When I fill out my ballot in January, I will be voting yes on Measures 66 and 67. The reason is simple: public safety.

As Attorney General, my highest priority is fighting crime. If these measures do not pass, the legislature will have to make significant cuts to public safety (along with health care and education) in order to balance the state budget.

Those cuts would likely include a major reduction in number of state troopers on the road. This would be particularly dangerous in rural Oregon, where troopers are often our first responders to crime scenes and accidents.

The cuts would also result in the early release of large numbers of prisoners from our prison system. Early release of criminals-arbitrarily cutting their sentences-because we cannot fund our corrections system is a step in the wrong direction.

Because recidivism rates are high, many released prisoners will commit new crimes-ones we would have prevented if the criminals were still behind bars. It also sends a horrible signal to criminals when we ignore their original sentence and let them out early. Under our system of law, a judge's sentence should be respected.

For these reasons, I will vote yes on 66 and 67.

John R. Kroger
Attorney General

(This information furnished by John R. Kroger.)


Argument in Favor

Don't believe the scare tactics.

Vote YES to Protect Oregon's Seniors.

This recession has been tough on all of us, but the pain has been felt especially deeply by Oregon's seniors who live on fixed incomes. The crisis means many of us are forced to make unthinkable decisions, like choosing between paying for lifesaving medication and paying for food.

Measures 66 and 67 will protect seniors by preserving the basic services we need in these tough times, including:

  • Nursing home safety
  • Elder abuse enforcement
  • Lifesaving prescription drugs
  • Affordable health care
  • Home care that helps low-income seniors remain independent

If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you won't pay a single penny more.

These measures are designed to protect middle class families and seniors on fixed incomes. Only those who can afford to do so will pay more, like corporations and rich households who are still doing well in this economy.

Most Oregonians-especially senior citizens-won't see any increase in our taxes under these measures.

Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 is the right thing to do. Together we can ensure that Oregon's most vulnerable citizens aren't hurt even more by this recession.

Don't believe the scare tactics.

Trust the groups you know and vote YES.

Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
United Seniors of Oregon
Save Oregon Seniors

(This information furnished by Dr. Jim Davis, Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens.)


Argument in Favor

The Oregon AFL-CIO is Oregon's strong voice for the middle class.
We urge you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

The unions of the Oregon AFL-CIO represent over 225,000 middle class Oregonians from every part of the state. And it is the middle class that will benefit with a YES vote on Measures 66 & 67.

A recent study showed that CEO pay has grown to 364 times higher than what the average American makes, the widest gap in the world by far.

And while the middle class shrinks, bonuses and bailouts go to Wall Street Banks, credit card companies, their CEOs and lobbyists--those who created this recession in the first place. Here in Oregon, thanks to the $10 minimum, one customer pays more in overdraft fees and outrageous credit card finance charges than these corporations pay in Oregon taxes.

The rich get tax breaks and corporations pay only $10, the same amount they've paid since 1931.

It's no wonder middle class families think they're paying too much. The average Oregon family now pays more income taxes than 300 corporations pay. combined.

By passing Measures 66 and 67, we can finally begin to make it right.

Measures 66 and 67 are simple. They:

--Finally raise the corporate minimum tax of $10;
--Tax the richest households making over $250,000 a year;
--Provide immediate tax relief for 270,000 unemployed Oregonians;
--Fund the education and job training that will get our economy back on track.

If your family earns less than $250,000 dollars a year, you won't pay a single penny more.

Voting YES will protect middle class families who have been hurt by the economy. Voting YES means a small, fair tax increase on the richest Oregonians and big corporations, and tax relief for 270,000 unemployed Oregonians.

Please vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

www.oregonstrongvoice.com

(This information furnished by Tom Chamberlain, President, Oregon AFL-CIO.)


Argument in Favor

A Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67:

Necessary, and the Right Thing to Do

It's been a tough year for a lot of folks Oregon. As a local contractor in Bend, I have seen firsthand the impact of the national economic crisis.

The good news is a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67 can protect small businesses and middle-class families from being further victimized by the recession.

Small business owners have long understood that quality schools, access to health care and an effective public safety system are key to the success of local businesses.

Measures 66 and 67 protect about $1 billion in funding for our schools and other essential services. Plus, they'll keep hundreds of millions of dollars circulating in Oregon-this money will be spent at Oregon businesses, putting us on the road back to economic recovery.

Measures 66 and 67 will help ensure that Oregon's students, from districts large and small, get the education they deserve.

As a parent and PTA volunteer, I know that strong schools are critical to our children's future and key to Oregon's economic recovery. For Oregon to thrive we need to offer businesses a well-trained workforce, and provide our kids the tools to win the good paying jobs of tomorrow.

These measures do what's right in difficult economic times.

The unemployment crisis has hit harder in rural counties like Deschutes than most places in the country. These measures protect families who have been victims of the economy and help put Oregon on a path to recovery. Measures 66 and 67 eliminate taxes on unemployment benefits, preserve funding for education and health care, and keep job training programs going at our local community colleges - the services needed most by those hit hardest by the economic crisis.

Please join me in standing up and voting Yes on measures 66 and 67.

Bart Mitchell, President
Deschutes Painting, Inc.
Bend, OR

(This information furnished by Bart Mitchell, Deschutes Painting, Inc.)


Argument in Favor

Measures 66 and 67 Protect Oregon Schools

The 48,000 Teachers and Education Professionals
of the Oregon Education Association
Urge You to Vote "Yes"

The members of the Oregon Education Association are committed to assuring a quality public education for every student - from pre-Kindergarten to college. While we work hard every day to do more with less, we need Oregonians to stand with us in ensuring that our schools have the resources they need to help students achieve.

Measures 66 and 67 are both necessary and fair. They will help protect your local school's ability to keep class sizes manageable, preserve a full school year, and attract and retain the best teachers.

Here is how students in four districts across Oregon could be impacted if these measures were to fail:

  • Beaverton School District: a cut of $18.5 million - the equivalent of reducing the school year by nearly 19 days or laying off 223 teachers;

  • Salem-Keizer School District: a cut of $20.6 - the equivalent of laying off 249 teachers;

  • Bend-La Pine School District: a $7.6 million cut - the equivalent of laying off 92 teachers;

  • Roseburg Public Schools: a $6.1 million cut - the equivalent of laying off 73 teachers.

Oregon's schools cannot afford more teacher and school employee layoffs.

We can protect our classrooms and vital services and shift the burden away from middle-class families by asking corporations and the rich to pay their fair share.

For too long, middle-class and working Oregonians have been shouldering the burden of supporting our schools and other vital services. The average Oregon family pays $3,100 a year in taxes, while two-thirds of corporations doing business in Oregon pay just $10. It's time for a change!

Support Your Local School.
Join 48,000 teachers and education professionals
in voting Yes on Measure 66 and 67

Gail Rasmussen
President
Oregon Education Association

(This information furnished by Gail Rasmussen, Oregon Education Association.)


Argument in Favor

Oregon Fire Fighters and Police Urge a YES Vote
on Measures 66 and 67

Measures 66 and 67 provide critical funding to keep our communities safe.

The security of our communities depends on fire fighters, local police, parole officers, sheriffs and state police working together to protect Oregon families. In order to curb crime and punish offenders, we need adequate funding for all facets of our integrated public safety system.

In difficult economic times, our communities see an increase in crime.

As Oregonians struggle to make ends meet, the last thing we can afford is to cut funding for the services that protect Oregonians, their families, businesses and homes.

Over 90% of the state budget goes to fund public safety, education and health care.

Without the money generated by Measures 66 and 67, Oregon would be forced to make harsh cuts, which could include:

  • Losing 35 state troopers and criminal detectives, plus several of the dispatchers who ensure that police are able to quickly respond to emergencies;


  • Fewer prison beds and more prison closures, which means more convicted felons on our streets;


  • Making a bad situation worse, the failure of these measures means fewer parole and probation officials, making it harder to supervise sex offenders and meth dealers who are released into our communities.

Measures 66 and 67 are fair and necessary. They simply ask those who can most afford to pay a little more - the richest Oregonians and big corporations - to do their part to keep Oregon safe, secure and heading in the right direction.

Vote YES, to keep criminals in jail and our communities safe.

Join Fire Fighters and Police on the front lines
of protecting Oregon families.

Vote YES on Measures 66 and 67.

Kelly Bach, President
Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
Dan Weber, Pro Tem President
Oregon Council of Police Associations

(This information furnished by Kelly Bach, Oregon State Fire Fighters Council.)


Argument in Favor

Small Business Owners Across the State
Urge a Yes Vote on Measures 66 and 67

"For me, voting yes is a matter of my values. What kind of Oregon do I want for myself, my family and my business? The answer is simple. I want to live in the kind of Oregon that does what's right to preserve our unique quality of life, protects those hit hardest by the recession, and invests in our young people's future so they succeed in getting the good jobs of tomorrow."

Judi Tichenor, Owner
Educational Travel Services, Inc.
Portland, Oregon

"It's no wonder the middle class feel like they're paying more than their fair share. While taxes keep going up for all of us, most corporations still pay only $10-the same amount they've paid since 1931. When I learned that the average family is paying more than 300 big corporations combined, I knew it was time for a change. Passing these measures is the right thing to do."

Peter Braun, Owner
The Cobbler's Bench
Bandon, Oregon

"Business owners know that you don't get something for nothing. Yet Wall Street banks, credit card companies and rich corporate CEOs have taken billions in federal bailout dollars, while they continue to pay just $10 in Oregon taxes thanks to the $10 minimum. I'm voting yes on both measures because our schools and basic services are worth more than $10 a year."

George Brown, Co-owner
Kiva Grocery
Eugene, Oregon
Melissa Brown, Co-owner
Kiva Grocery
Eugene, Oregon

(This information furnished by Peter Braun, Owner, The Cobbler's Bench.)


Argument in Favor

Join the Vote Yes For Oregon coalition in voting YES

As educators, small business owners, healthcare providers,
public safety officers, community organizations and advocates
dedicated to doing what's right in tough economic times, we
urge you to vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Protect Education, Health Care and Public Safety

AARP Oregon
The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon
Adelante Mujeres
Advocacy Coalition of Seniors and People with Disabilities
Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Justice Commission
Alliance for Democracy
Amallegory Productions, Inc.
American Association of University Professors - Portland State University (PSU-AAUP)
American Association of University Women-Oregon (AAUW-Oregon)
American Federation of Teachers - Oregon
Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs
Association of Oregon Faculties
Basic Rights Oregon
Benton County Democratic Central Committee
Bus Project
CareOregon
Carpenters Local 247
CAUSA Oregon
Central Oregon Labor Council
Children First for Oregon
Christine Rains Graphic Design
CJGraphix
Coalition for a Healthy Oregon
Coalition for a Livable Future
The Cobbler's Bench
Columbia County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council
Communications Workers of America Local 7901
Community Action Partnership of Oregon
Community Action Team, Inc.
Community Alliance of Tenants
Community & Parents for Public Schools
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
Cottage Grove Blackberry Pie Society
Democratic Party of Clackamas County
Democratic Party of Multnomah County
Democratic Party of Oregon
Deschutes County Democrats
Deschutes Painting, Inc.
Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian
Church of Portland
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Educational Travel Services, Inc.
Elders in Action Commission
Empower Oregon

To find out more and join the coalition, visit
www.VoteYesForOregon.org

(This information furnished by Jessica Stevens, Campaign Manager, Vote Yes for Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Join the Vote Yes For Oregon coalition in voting YES

As educators, small business owners, healthcare providers,
public safety officers, community organizations and advocates
dedicated to doing what's right in tough economic times, we
urge you to vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Protect Education, Health Care and Public Safety

Faster Connections, Inc.
Full Access
Grant County Democratic Central Committee
Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition
Human Services Coalition of Oregon
Impact Northwest
Justice & Witness Ministry Team, Central Pacific Conference, UCC
Juvenile Rights Project, Inc.
Kiva Grocery
La Ferme Noire Vineyards
League of Women Voters of Oregon
McMinnville Education Association
Marion County Democratic Party
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates
Motel Del Rogue
Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
National Alliance on Mental Illness Multnomah
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Oregon Chapter
Neighborhood House
Nonprofit Association of Oregon, a program of TACS
Northwest Center for Educational
Options (public charter schools)
Northwest Health Foundation
Northwoods Nursery/One Green World
OakTree Digital
ONE Voice for Child Care
Onward Oregon
Oregon Action
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon AFSCME Council 75
Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans
Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children
Oregon Board of Rabbis
Oregon Conservation Network
Oregon Consumer League
The Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon Health Action Campaign
Oregon Health Care Association
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon New Sanctuary Movement

To find out more and join the coalition, visit
www.VoteYesForOregon.org

(This information furnished by Jessica Stevens, Campaign Manager, Vote Yes for Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Join the Vote Yes For Oregon coalition in voting YES

As educators, small business owners, healthcare providers,
public safety officers, community organizations and advocates
dedicated to doing what's right in tough economic times, we
urge you to vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67.

Protect Education, Health Care and Public Safety

Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Opportunity Network
Oregon Primary Care Association
Oregon PTA
Oregon Public Health Association
Oregon Rehabilitation Association
Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition
Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors
Oregon School Employees Association
Oregon School-Based Health Care Network
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
Oregon Student Nurses' Association
Oregon Wild
Oregon Wild Conservation Leaders Fund
Oregonians for Health Security
Our Oregon
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Pacific Rainforest Wildlife Guardians
Paloma Clothing
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Partnership for Safety and Justice
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
Portland Jobs with Justice
Portland Metro Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon
Rural Organizing Project
Save Oregon Seniors
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 503
Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Church
Southeast District Senior Advisory Council, Portland
Stand for Children
Strictly Organic Coffee Co.
Tax Fairness Oregon
United Seniors of Oregon
Upstream Public Health
Voz Hispana Causa Chavista
Wasco County Democratic Central Committee
Washington County Democratic Party
Witham & Dickey
Working America
Yamhill County Democrats

To find out more and join the coalition, visit
www.VoteYesForOregon.org

(This information furnished by Jessica Stevens, Campaign Manager, Vote Yes for Oregon.)


Argument in Favor

Yes on 66 and 67: The Right Thing to Do

The recession has hit Oregon hard. How we respond is a test of who we are as a people. These measures do what's right in difficult economic times-protect families and put Oregon on a path to recovery.

Together, we can preserve education and job training to get our economy back on track, and provide immediate relief for Oregonians who have lost their jobs and are looking for work.

Yes on 66 and 67: Protect Middle Class Families

Under these measures, if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you won't pay a single penny more. It's no wonder middle class families think they're already paying too much. The average Oregon family now pays more income taxes than 300 corporations pay-all put together.

Yes on 66 and 67: Preserve Schools, Senior Services and Safety

These measures help protect seniors, children and the unemployed, and avoid drastic cuts to health care, education and public safety.

Strong schools are critical to our children's future and our economic recovery. For Oregon to thrive, we must offer businesses a well-trained workforce, and provide our kids the tools to win the good-paying jobs of tomorrow.

Yes on 66 and 67: Let the Voters Decide Who Should Pay

For too long, special interest lobbyists have succeeded in getting their corporate clients off the hook for paying their fair share in taxes.

Wall Street banks and credit card companies have taken billions in federal bailout dollars. Yet thanks to the $10 minimum, one customer pays more in overdraft fees and outrageous credit card finance charges than these corporations pay in Oregon taxes. With Measures 66 and 67, you decide who should pay.

Vote YES in January. Hold corporations and the rich accountable for paying their fair share. Protect our communities and our values through these difficult times.

It's the right thing to do.

www.VoteYesForOregon.org

Vote Yes for Oregon

(This information furnished by Jessica Stevens, Vote Yes for Oregon.)

 

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722