Category: Ballot Measures

Ballot Measure 94

Title: Amends Constitution: Eliminates mandatory retirement age for state judges
How much would it cost? $0
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The Constitution says that some judges have to retire when they turn 75. No other elected officials have to retire when they turn 75. This is discriminatory. If a judge is doing a bad job at any age, the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability can address that. Some judges might have to retire even though they are doing a good job. People live longer now. Experience helps judges do a good job.

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No one filed arguments against this.

Ballot Measure 95

Title: Amends Constitution: Allows investments in equities by public universities to reduce financial risk and increase investments to benefit students
How much would it cost? $0 for state and local government. It might cost money or earn money for public universities if they decide to invest money.
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The Legislature passed a law saying that public universities can invest money to raise more money. But the Oregon Constitution may not let public universities do that. This ballot measure will allow public universities to invest money and buy stocks. It will help keep costs down for students and pay for important programs. It will reduce risks for public universities.
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No one filed arguments against this.

Ballot Measure 96

Title: Amends Constitution: Dedicates 1.5% of state lottery net proceeds to funding support services for Oregon veterans
How much would it cost? $0 for state government. It will cost the lottery fund $9.3 million between 2017-2019. It will pay for veterans’ services like housing, employment, education, accessing benefits, and veterans’ service officers. Right now the lottery money is spent on economic development and public education. It will not affect the Educational Stability Fund or the Parks and Natural Resources Fund.
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Oregon has 350,000 veterans. They need help with housing, jobs, disability services, suicide prevention, and mental health services. 5,000 veterans are homeless in Oregon. 250,000 veterans are not recognized by the federal U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Veterans have to wait years to get services from the VA. Right now veterans use state social services instead. By using this lottery money, Oregon can help them get $4 billion in federal benefits. Oregon can help veterans with temporary housing, economic development, emergency assistance, and more. The state will save money on social services and use it on other things.
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This ballot measure will change the Oregon Constitution. If the Legislature needs to balance the budget, they can’t change how this money is spent. Other things like education might lose money. The ballot measure does not say how the state will help get federal money. It does not say if the state will lose general fund money.

Ballot Measure 97

Title: Increases corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million; funds education, healthcare, senior services

How much would it cost? Unknown. The state government will earn $548 million in tax money in the first half of 2017. The state government will earn $3 billion every year after that. The state will spend more on K-12 education, healthcare, and senior services.
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The state will earn $3 billion every year. This will pay for education, healthcare, and senior services. Right now, the state is spending more than it is earning. If the state does not raise more money, it will have $750 million in budget cuts every year. Only 1% of businesses in Oregon will have to pay this tax. Small businesses will be protected. If a corporation has to pay this tax, they can get a federal tax deduction. Corporations that make more will pay more. The state will be more stable during a recession.
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Corporations will have to raise prices or reduce costs so they can pay the tax. This will hurt Oregon businesses, which will have to pay more. It will raise costs for food, gas, medicine, clothing, housing, and utilities. The average family will pay $600 a year. It will be a regressive tax. This means lower income families will pay more of what they have than higher income families do. Fewer jobs will be created. The ballot measure does not say exactly how the state will spend the money.

Ballot Measure 98

Title: Requires state funding for dropout-prevention, career and college readiness programs in Oregon high schools
How much would it cost? Unknown. The state will spend up to $147 million on career and technical education, and high school graduation improvement programs. The Legislature has to decide how to pay for this.
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The Legislature will send state money to school districts for education. The school districts have to make a plan to start or expand career and technical education programs, college level programs in high school, and dropout-prevention programs. Oregon has one of the worst graduation rates in the country. This will help Oregon’s low graduation rate. This will help students get better jobs. Oregonians will get high skilled jobs, instead of people from other states.
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No one filed arguments against this.

Ballot Measure 99

Title: Creates “Outdoor School Education Fund,” continuously funded through Lottery, to provide outdoor school programs statewide

How much would it cost? $0 for state government. It will cost the lottery fund $22 million every year. It will go to the Outdoor Education Account. It will pay for a 6-day outdoor  school program for fifth and sixth graders. Right now the lottery money goes to the Department of Administrative Services Economic Stability Fund. It will not affect the Educational Stability Fund or the Parks and Natural Resources Fund.
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Outdoor School programs help students do better in school, go to school more often, and learn more. Students get hands-on experience. Students learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Right now, half of students can’t go to Outdoor School. This will help pay for everyone to go to Outdoor School. It will not raise taxes. It will create 600 jobs. Students will connect to Oregon’s natural resources and learn about protecting them.
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The bill will take away funding for economic development. The funding helps small Oregon businesses. This will hurt jobs. The state will lose money from income taxes. This will hurt the state’s social services. The school districts that get money for Outdoor School will be chosen by a committee. The committee will not be accountable to the public. This will create more bureaucracy.

Ballot Measure 100

Title: Prohibits purchase or sale of parts or products from certain wildlife species; exceptions; civil penalties
How much would it cost? Less than $100,000 for state government.
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Some animals are endangered or threatened, like whales, sharks, elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, and sea turtles. These animals are poached (illegally killed) to sell their products like ivory, fur, horns, and fins. Many people in the U.S. buy these products. This bill will ban selling those parts in Oregon. There are some exceptions, like for law enforcement, scientific and education purposes, and some antiques. This will help protect these animals from extinction. People who already own the products are allowed to keep them. Other states have passed laws like this. This will help save endangered species.
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No one filed arguments against this.