There’s No Rest for the Ballot-Measure Weary of the Region
On January 26th, 2010, Oregon will face a special election. On the ballot are Referenda 66 and 67, which must be approved—they concern two very important changes to the tax code.
Referendum 67 will increase the corporate minimum tax from $10 to $150 a year. The $10 rate has not increased since 1931! Corporations in Oregon pay some of the lowest taxes in the nation, with rates in Oregon almost five times lower than neighboring Washington State.
Referendum 66 would temporarily raise the personal income tax for people with the highest income in the state: individuals making over $125,000 and couples making over $250,000. This represents just 2.5% of the population, and the new rates would apply only to income above those levels.
The additional revenue from both tax increases will go toward underfunded social services such as education, health and human services, and public safety.
In these terrible economic times, with Oregonians still suffering one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, we need to ensure that the State is still able to deliver vital services. The importance of these measures has already inspired amazing work among the five groups in our VOTE project.
In the last seven weeks, the Oregon Student Association has already registered 7,025 students to vote, sprinting towards their goal of 7,500 new voters by the end of fall. Through massive phone banks, 500 class raps, tabling on campus and distributing information in dorms, they aim to get these new voters out for the January special election. When people understand what these ballot measures are about, there is overwhelming support for them.
The Oregon Student Association is doing their part to educate students about these important measures. You can do yours by signing the pledge to support the measures. By signing now, you commit to voting in January and thereby allow the campaign to focus their energy on those who are less certain to vote or who have yet made up their minds about the measures.
Go to defendoregon.org to sign the pledge today!
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