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Measure 30 Arguments

Argument in Favor

For the stability of Oregon's
Schools and Economy...

Oregon PTA asks for your
YES vote on Measure 30

For nearly 100 years, Oregon PTA has advocated
on behalf of children and communities for a
quality education for every child in Oregon.
We have members in every corner of the state -
from small rural towns to the largest cities.

We support Measure 30 because it brings stability and certainty to Oregon's parents, children, schools and economy. Overturning this bipartisan balanced budget would take hundreds of millions of dollars directly from our children's classrooms.

YES on Measure 30 restores a full school year in Oregon schools.
YES on Measure 30 ensures that our children have the basic tools they need to learn - like new textbooks and smaller class sizes.
YES on Measure 30 maintains the cigarette tax, a deterrent against teen smoking.
YES on Measure 30 is a vote for our Oregon, our livability, and our future.

There is no Plan B for today's children. By supporting Measure 30, Oregonians will take control of our state's destiny and our children's future. Measure 30 protects the basics in our schools and will help our economy recover by investing in our future - not mortgaging it away!

Every Oregon child deserves the certainty of a full school year.
Every Oregon child deserves the security of classes small enough to get the personal attention they need.
Every Oregon child deserves the stability of educational programs that challenge and engage.
Every Oregon child deserves to learn the basics for the 21st century - including computer, vocational and technical skills.
Every Oregon child deserves a chance to succeed.

Please Join Oregon PTA in voting
YES on Measure 30!

Diana Oberbarnscheidt, President, Oregon PTA

Andi Jordan, VP - Legislation, Oregon PTA

(This information furnished by Diana Oberbarnscheidt, President, Andi Jordan, VP - Legislation, Oregon PTA.)

Argument in Favor

AARP, with 456,000 Oregon members over the age of 50, supports a "YES" vote on Measure 30. This bi-partisan balanced budget plan is fiscally conservative, stable course for uncertain times. Measure 30 preserves certainty and security for AARP members and all Oregonians who care about our children, grandchildren, seniors, and adults with disabilities.

While some of our members may pay a little more with this balanced budget, we are certain the increased value from financial stability and security far outweighs the costs. The alternative could be devastating. Only the passage of Measure 30 will ensure the stability and certainty for many of our most vulnerable Oregonians.

By voting "YES" we maintain successful long-term care services. Home-based care like Oregon Project Independence, offers dignity for seniors in need. When elderly and disabled patients can stay in their own familiar homes, families and taxpayers save money.

A "YES" vote provides stability for volunteer services, like the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, that we rely upon to strengthen our communities.

A "YES" vote maintains prescription drug coverage for those low-income seniors and people with disabilities who have high prescription drug costs. In many instances this is the only opportunity to receive the life-saving medications.

A "YES" vote continues Oregon Health Plan coverage for 85,000 lower income Oregonians. The loss of this coverage forces many people to already crowded emergency rooms - the most expensive and least effective way to treat basic care needs. This in turn continues to make quality health care less affordable for everyone else.

As parents and grandparents, we support a "YES" vote that allows our children and grandchildren to better maintain a quality education without larger classroom sizes and/or less school days. Our economy needs a well trained work force.

AARP urges your support for the bi-partisan balanced budget plan that provides economic security and certainty for Oregonians of all ages.

Please join us in voting "YES" on Measure 30.

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

Argument in Favor

The American Cancer Society
And
The American Heart Association


Urge a YES vote on Measure 30 for Oregon's Health!

Vote "Yes" on Measure 30 to Help
Maintain Oregon's Cigarette Tax

Measure 30 renews a 10-cent cigarette surtax that has been in effect since 1993. If the measure fails, the tax will end and Oregon would be the first state in a decade to lower its cigarette tax.

Vote "YES" on Measure 30 to Help
Prevent Youth from Smoking

Keeping cigarette prices higher has been shown to be one of the best ways to keep youth from smoking. If Measure 30 fails, Oregon's cigarette tax will be lowered, making it cheaper for youth to get cigarettes.

Vote "YES" on Measure 30 to Help
Stabilize the Oregon Health Plan

The revenue from the 10-cent cigarette surtax is used to fund the Oregon Health Plan for low-income Oregonians. If Measure 30 fails, ending the surtax, it is estimated that it would put an additional $22 million hole in the Oregon Health Plan for the next two years.

Vote "YES" on Measure 30 to Help
Solidify the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program

The Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) began in 1996 by a vote of the people. It has already been reduced by 70% due to budget cuts, even though estimates show that for each dollar spent on the program, the state saves $33. Every pack of cigarettes sold in Oregon costs taxpayers $7.58 in state subsidized services. If Measure 30 fails, it will create an $800 million deficit, and further budget cuts. This could entirely close down Oregon's tobacco prevention program, in spite of the money it saves taxpayers.

Please Join the American Cancer Society and the American
Heart Association in Voting "Yes" on Measure 30 to Keep
Oregon Healthy.


(This information furnished by Courtni Dresser, Oregon Advocacy Manager, American Cancer Society; John Valley, State Government Affairs Director, American Heart Association.)

Argument in Favor

Social Workers Urge a "YES Vote" on Measure 30

Please join the National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter
in supporting Ballot Measure 30!

What's at stake? Children and Families have a lot at stake...

--Children's psychiatric day treatment could face a cut of $2.4 million.

--The Oregon Children's Plan could lose an additional $2 million. That means children lose alcohol and drug treatment, mental health services to families, and community based mental health services for children.

--Oregonians could lose their mental health and chemical dependency benefits from the Oregon Health Plan and the mental health prescription drug coverage for the medically needy.

--The Oregon Health Plan could be cut by more than 80,000 people--seriously unraveling the healthcare safety net.

What's the answer? Passage of Measure 30--the bi-partisan, balanced budget agreement...

  • Oregonians need a secure and stable budget to ensure Oregon's future and to keep Oregon, "Our Oregon" a place to be proud of!
  • Oregonians can't afford to mortgage the future of our children and families on the failed borrow and spend tactics of Measure 30 opponents.
  • Oregon businesses, schools and local communities need certainty and steadiness through a balanced budget in order to create jobs and grow our economy.

Who Pays for Measure 30? How Will it Work?

= Profitable corporations who currently pay only $10 per year in income taxes will finally be required to pay at least $500 and unnecessary corporate tax loopholes will be eliminated.

= Smokers will continue to pay their fair share of tobacco-related healthcare costs by maintaining the decade old 10-cent
cigarette tax.

= Those who make less, pay less - the plan is progressive, so as income goes down, so does the amount paid.

Please Join Oregon Social Workers in Voting "YES on Measure 30!"

Remember: Mail your ballot by Friday, January 30 or hand-deliver it to a
ballot drop box before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3.

(This information furnished by Scott Manchester, National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter.)

Argument in Favor

Our state was built by the hard work and cooperation of many people, in both private and public sectors. We've become a national model for balancing business productivity and providing appropriate services so people can be successful community members.

Education, public safety and social services create opportunity throughout our economy. But health costs have made insurance impossible for thousands of working families, and for people who pay ever higher premiums, most are not covered for mental health or disability. Few people are prepared when shift happens to them...

Oregon's safety net once assisted eligible people facing the challenges of chance, returning thousands to their communities and workplaces. Today, Oregon's economy is struggling as it did in the mid-eighties, but because of tax changes, we've just experienced the biggest public funding crisis since the Depression.

Though Oregon's budget has increased in the last decade, so have tax cuts, inflation, population, unemployment and prisons. Dismantling services has cost far more in emergency care, and leaves people without resources to manage dire circumstances.

Citizens for a Sound Economy is a Washington DC lobby working to use Oregon as an example for their national agenda. They say this tax proposal Is bad for business, but many Oregon businesses support adequate funding for public services. Documented studies proved businesses base location choices on quality of life, not the tax burden.

Opponents say there's no proof of dreadful consequences, but research shows that due to last year's budget cuts, thousands lost their jobs, their homes, and dozens lost their lives.

Voting yes will bring more security and employment to thousands, and the less we earn, the less we'll pay in taxes.

If economic and ethical concerns are equally valued, then providing for the common good creates more success for everyone. Fair taxation honors the interdependent rights and responsibilities we all share as Oregonians.

Co-owner of Rare Earth Construction
Honorary co-Chair for the Oregon chapter of the National Business Association

(This information furnished by Gweneth van Frank Carlson, Support Organization Services Alliance.)

Argument in Favor

Democratic Party of Multnomah County urges a YES vote.

The Multnomah County Democratic Platform reads in part:

"We support excellent public education, including higher education, that is adequately funded and makes clean, healthy, safe and secure schools available to all. These goals cannot be met without renewed vigorous leadership at the state and federal levels and a commitment to long range strategic planning to assure Oregon's future."

All 25 Democratic Representatives and 11 Republican Representatives worked together to develop a solution that meets these goals. These Representatives showed bi-partisan leadership by solving the State's budget problems without caving in to the pressures of politics as usual.

Prior to this legislative action, the voters in Multnomah County authorized a County Income Tax for the purpose of filling a portion of the gaps in funding for education and local services. Multnomah County Commissioners have stated that if Measure 30 is approved for a statewide funding solution, the Multnomah County Income Tax will be reduced by 1/3rd.

YES on Measure 30 is good for our County, is good for the entire State, and is good for our future.

Support the bi-partisan and forward looking nature of this legislative action by voting YES.

(This information furnished by Jim Robison, Democratic Party of Multnomah County.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Business Association Urges a YES Vote on Measure 30

Oregon Business Association - "...private-sector leaders...seeking to forge bipartisan consensus in the Legislature on issues that will affect Oregon's economic well being for years to come." --The Oregonian, June 5, 2000

Vote Yes for Stability and Certainty for Oregon's Economy

We believe that the adequate funding of state and local services is essential to attracting and retaining good jobs and private investment in our state. Oregon's schools and other public services need certainty and stability now, as well as in the future, and voting yes on Measure 30 will help provide stability.

A yes vote on Measure 30 is a bridge to Oregon's economic future. By protecting the quality of life that citizens and businesses desire - high-quality schools, supportive health and human services, effective public safety and steadfast environmental protection - we can help ensure the future health of our economy.

The Oregon Business Association supports the revenue package passed by the Legislature to protect Oregon, and we ask Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 30.

In so doing, we emphasize our association's commitment to businesses paying their fair share to maintain Oregon's essential public services.

We also support this measure because it means that those that earn less will pay less.

Integral to our position is Multnomah County's agreement to reduce the temporary income tax surcharge passed in May if Measure 30 passes.

The Oregon Business Association is stepping up for Oregon's future by supporting Measure 30. We encourage other businesses, organizations and citizens who care about achieving a vital economy across our great state to do the same.

Gun Denhart, OBA Board Chair
Founder, Hanna Andersson Corporation

Jim Kelly, Chairman
Rejuvenation, Inc.

Paul Kelly, Global Director of Public Affairs
NIKE

John Emrick, CEO
Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc.

Fred Miller, Executive Vice President
PGE

Lynn Lundquist, President
Oregon Business Association

(This information furnished by Lynn Lundquist, Oregon Business Association.)

Argument in Favor

Keep the Services We Need
For a Stronger Economy

With so many Oregonians out of work, we need to do everything we can to protect public services and rebuild our economy.

Easier said than done.

With fewer people working and more businesses hurting, state revenues declined more than 25% in the last budget period. Faced with a shortfall of that magnitude, it just wasn't possible to keep all public services intact.

But legislators came up with a plan that tapped reserves, borrowed against future revenues and cancelled pay raises for public workers. They shut down programs, like youth detention facilities. And, as a last resort, they enacted temporary tax increases that will be paid primarily by those with good incomes and by businesses that benefit from public services.

All this was done to maintain the minimum funding we need for strong schools, healthy families, safe communities and a stronger economy. It was the right thing to do, and it's working.

Recent reports indicate we're starting to get back on our feet. Economists forecast job gains in the months ahead. The last thing we need now is to repeal the budget-balancing plan that will get us through the next eighteen months.

We will do serious harm to our future if we again fail to keep our schools open for a full school year, keep our courts in session five days a week, keep families on the Oregon Health Plan and keep prisoners in prison and police on the street.

That's what we learned less than one year ago, when our failure to maintain these basic services made us the poster child for a failed state. We cannot afford to go through that experience again.

Keep the funding we need for strong schools, healthy families and safe communities.

Keep the services we need to attract businesses, sustain good jobs and rebuild our economy.

Vote YES on Measure 30.

Tim Nesbitt, President
Brad Witt, Secretary-Treasurer

OREGON AFL-CIO

(This information furnished by Tim Nesbitt, President, Brad Witt, Secretary-Treasurer; Oregon AFL-CIO.)

Argument in Favor

A VOTE FOR MEASURE 30
IS A VOTE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

Over the past several years, the state legislature has made wholesale cuts to Oregon's public safety budget. Now, it's up to us to restore the most critical services to keep our communities safe. We can do that with Measure 30.

Measure 30 is a reasonable, fair approach to protecting our most important services. Without this bipartisan balanced budget, our safety is at risk.

  • Oregon State Police could be forced to eliminate forensics positions all across the state, resulting in possible dismissal of criminal cases due to lack of evidence. That reduces public safety.
  • Youth corrections services would be cut, sending juvenile offenders back to their communities. That reduces public safety.
  • The reductions are so deep that we may even have to release up to 350 inmates per month - before they have served their time. That reduces public safety.
  • These cuts will leave law enforcement, correctional officers and district attorneys at a disadvantage. That reduces
    public safety.

We can stop these cuts with Measure 30 and we can do it without borrowing schemes that mortgage away our future.

As a sheriff on the front lines of keeping our communities safe, I can tell you that this is no political scare tactic - this is reality. A chunk of your tax money is used to keep the troopers on the road and prisoners in prison. When there isn't enough money, the troopers and prisoners go home.

Please join me in voting YES on Measure 30 - for all of our safety.

Bernie Giusto
Multnomah County Sheriff

(This information furnished by Bernie Giusto, Multnomah County Sheriff.)

Argument in Favor

Vote YES on Measure 30 to protect higher education

Your YES vote on Ballot Measure 30 is crucial for Oregon's public universities and for Oregon's future.

Public education in Oregon faces a financial crisis at every level, from K-12 through higher education. Our public schools, community colleges, and universities are in a precarious position because of the recent budget cuts and the ever-growing demand for our services. Because of continued financial pressures, the State has not been able to maintain its investment in higher education. If Measure 30 fails, our public universities face even more devastating cuts.

The balanced budget plan passed by the legislature invests in the education of our citizens. Oregon's universities are an
indispensable strategic asset for our citizens, our businesses, and our state. The skills, creativity, and research developed through higher education are the determining factors in Oregon's success in creating jobs and prosperity. Now is not the time to make additional cuts to higher education. Now is the time to reinvest in Oregon's public universities and stimulate a new era of social and economic growth for the state.

The defeat of Measure 30 will be costly to our future and we urge you to consider very carefully your vote on Measure 30 and what it means to the economy and to students from every corner of our state.

Please consider the thoughtful and deliberative process that led to approval of the compromise bipartisan balanced budget and Vote Yes on Measure 30.

Richard S. Jarvis
Oregon University System*
Elisabeth Zinser
Southern Oregon University*
   
Dixie L. Lund
Eastern Oregon University*
Dave Frohnmayer
University of Oregon*
   
Martha Anne Dow
Oregon Institute of Technology*
Edward J. Ray
Oregon State University*
   
Daniel O. Bernstine
Portland State University*
Philip W. Conn
Western Oregon University*

*Universities used for identification purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of the measure by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education or institutions of the Oregon University System.

(This information furnished by Tony Van Vliet.)

Argument in Favor

Children and Public Education Need Your Support:
Prevent Immediate Cuts to Schools

The Teachers and School Employees of Oregon
Urge You to Vote YES on Measure 30

Oregon's economic recovery depends on a vibrant, stable education system and good schools. In the past two years, however, Oregon has cut $500 million from our excellent system of public education. This has resulted in lost school days, staff reductions, program cuts, and so much more. Without a YES vote on Measure 30, another $414 million may be lost.

  • If the Legislature's bipartisan balanced budget plan is not approved, many school districts will be forced to shorten their school year...again.
  • Students will lose essential programs...again.
  • Districts will lay off teachers and other school personnel, increase class sizes and put off building repairs...again.
  • The school children of Oregon will get shortchanged...again.

Only with an educated and highly skilled work force can Oregon hope to compete with other states for high-wage jobs. Businesses need access to qualified, educated employees and they need good schools for their employees' families. When schools deteriorate, communities deteriorate.

As veteran classroom teachers, we have seen the devastating impacts past cuts have had on our students. We work hard every day to ensure that your education tax dollars are invested wisely in building their futures. Please join us today in supporting the bipartisan plan to protect our students, our future and our Oregon.

Vote YES on Measure 30.

Kris Kain, 5th grade teacher, Coos Bay
Oregon Education Association President

Larry Wolf, Middle school science teacher, Chenowith
OEA Vice President

James Asboe, Elementary teacher, North Gresham
OEA Region I Vice President

Betty Tumlin, 2nd grade teacher, Bethel
OEA Region II Vice President

Gail Rasmussen, high school administrative assistant, Eagle Point
OEA Region III Vice President

(This information furnished by Kris Kain, President, Oregon Education Association.)

Argument in Favor

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Urges "Yes" on Measure 30

The ranks of the poor, unemployed, and uninsured have grown in Oregon. Religious social service agencies have been overwhelmed by many who have asked for help from soup kitchens, shelters, substance treatment centers to elder care facilities. Religious social service agencies and churches are unable to fulfill all the need.

Social services are most needed and demanded during times of economic and social distress. Charities cannot do it alone. Measure 30 ensures that government plays its part in helping to fund important services like the Oregon Health Plan, elderly care, mental health, public education and public safety.

Society has a moral responsibility to care for the poor and most vulnerable, to safeguard its communities and to educate its children. This principle is solidly grounded in both the Old and New Testament and especially in the teachings of Christ himself.

Measure 30 is the result of a bi-partisan agreement that took 8 months to negotiate after all available options were exhausted. Measure 30 restores most crucial services cut from the state budget.

Repealing the balanced budget plan would result in serious reductions in social services including programs that help the elderly and disabled live in dignity. As many as 85,000 poor Oregonians could lose coverage under the Oregon Health Plan. Children would lose school days.

The temporary tax surcharge is applied based on ability to pay, protecting those least able to afford increased taxes. The less one makes, the less one pays. If the economy improves, the tax will be automatically rescinded in the final year.

Measure 30 ensures that society's needs are met and funded responsibly without jeopardizing our children's future through borrowing.

Help religious social services help Oregonians by allowing the state to do its part.

Please vote YES on Measure 30, and let us pull together for Oregon!

Rev. Eugene Ross, EMO Board President
David Leslie, Executive Director

(This information furnished by David Leslie, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Urges your 'Yes' vote on Measure 30

When you need it, you want access to the highest quality health care in your own community. The right care, provided at the right time in the right way. That's why Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and its 62 member facilities support Measure 30.

Measure 30 will help keep everyone's health care costs down

Without Measure 30, hospitals will see an increase in the number of people who seek medical care in already overcrowded emergency rooms. A hospital ER is the most expensive form of health care, and with more uninsured patients to care for, hospital costs will go up for patients with insurance and for businesses who try to do the right thing by providing health insurance.

Measure 30 will protect the Oregon Health Plan

In these tough economic times, the need for the Oregon Health Plan is greater than ever. Without this critical health care program, Oregonians who are laid off and lose their health insurance may be left stranded. If we don't pass Measure 30, thousands more Oregonians could lose their health care coverage because the state will be forced to cut $150 million in health services and will automatically lose another $225 million in federal matching grants.

Measure 30 protects local jobs and local economies

In many Oregon communities, hospitals are the largest employer. If Measure 30 fails, many hospitals may be forced to eliminate important community services, and jobs could be at risk. Oregon can't afford the loss of any more family wage jobs. By investing in the health of our economy and our citizens we can save money in the long run and hasten our economic recovery.

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems has always been a strong supporter of the Oregon Health Plan.

YES on Measure 30
Good for the HEALTH of Oregonians
Good for the HEALTH of our Economy

(This information furnished by Ken Rutledge, President, Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems.)

Argument in Favor

The Doctors and Nurses of the Health Care Safety Net
Urge your YES VOTE on Measure 30

The Health Care Safety Net represents medical clinics that treat insured and uninsured Oregonians. Our group includes doctors, school-based health centers and community clinics throughout Oregon.

Oregon's health care system needs the certainty and stability Measure 30 provides. Up to 85,000 Oregon Health Plan patients could lose insurance coverage if Measure 30 fails.

  • A "Yes" vote will help keep health care costs lower
    Uninsured Oregonians needing treatment often seek care in costly emergency rooms, and are unable to pay the full cost. Who pays the rest? Insured Oregonians do. According to the American Medical Association, insured individuals pay for uninsured patients through higher insurance premiums and other health-related costs (AMA, Struggling to Ensure Your Employees Receive Quality Affordable Health Care? 5/03). Avoid this "hidden tax" by voting YES on 30.
  • A "Yes" vote keeps quality doctors in Oregon
    According to the Oregon Medical Association, access to health care is at crisis levels on a statewide scale (Jim Kronenberg, OMA Online Press Release, 5/23/03). Quality doctors are leaving Oregon because they often do not receive adequate payment under the Oregon Health Plan, Medicaid and Medicare. Oregon now struggles to recruit new doctors because they are not reimbursed for all for their costs. Help keep quality doctors in Oregon by voting YES on 30.
  • A "Yes" vote protects an already strained health care system
    Increases in the number of uninsured Oregonians place heavy demands on safety net clinics and emergency rooms. If Measure 30 fails and an additional 85,000 people lose Oregon Health Plan coverage, many small, rural clinics and hospitals will be strained to the breaking point. Protect quality health care across Oregon by voting YES on 30.

The Health Care Safety Net urges your YES VOTE so Oregon can continue to
provide excellent health care for our children, seniors and families.

(This information furnished by John Duke, Chair, Health Care Safety Net Coalition.)

Argument in Favor

On February 3 OREGON WILL MOVE

FORWARD - OR - BACKWARD

Our communities are just beginning to recover and economic progress depends on stability in our schools. The balanced budget provided by Measure 30 will allow our schools and the communities they support the stability they need to continue in their recovery.

Our schools and community colleges lost 1,600 jobs last year due to budget cuts. That's 1,600 fewer educators to provide our kids with the world-class education they need and deserve and 1,600 fewer jobs that support our local economies. Measure 30 will help begin the process of recovering from those losses.

Oregon's economic recovery depends on a stable education system and good schools. Without the balanced budget funded by Measure 30, our schools could lose more than $400 million in additional cuts in this and the next school year. Our schools and our economic recovery depend on Measure 30.

Opponents would like you to believe we should lower our educational standards, rather than fund our schools. Lowering the quality of our kids' education is a backward idea that will shortchange their dreams and harm our ability to have a world-class workforce. That just doesn't make sense.

Everyone knows that if our kids don't get a high quality education, and our workforce isn't highly trained, our economy can't compete in the global markets. Our economy will move backward rather than forward. Our kids will fall behind rather than move ahead. We simply can't afford to move backward.

The 18,000 educators of the Oregon School Employees Association urge you to join us in our determined effort to reject backward thinking and to move our Oregon forward to a more positive future for our kids and our communities.

If we say YES on Measure 30, Oregon will move forward - to a brighter future.

WE CAN'T AFFORD TO GO BACKWARD

PLEASE VOTE YES ON MEASURE 30

(This information furnished by Steven Araujo, Executive Director, Oregon School Employees Association.)

Argument in Favor

Multnomah County Commissioners
Urge a Yes Vote on Measure 30 for Local Tax Relief

For those voters who live in Multnomah County, we know that you already recognize the importance of supporting the basic needs of our community. The state's bipartisan balanced budget plan will provide for those basic needs and at the same time will significantly reduce your local tax obligation.

As a Multnomah County taxpayer, you will receive a refund from the county if the bi-partisan budget is upheld. As we've said all along, if the county receives additional dollars from the state, we will reduce your local tax obligation and put money back in your pocket.

In creating and adopting the balanced budget, the state legislature followed the lead of our community be designing a revenue plan that is fair and progressive.

Multnomah County voters should support Ballot Measure 30 for the same reasons you supported local Ballot Measure 26-48 last spring. Measure 30 provides for the basic needs of our community and other communities around the state and you'll see local tax relief as a result.

Ballot Measure 30 also puts the responsibility for funding schools, public safety and human services back where it belongs - with the state.

I hope you will join us in supporting the bi-partisan, balanced budget plan.

Diane Linn, Chair
Maria Rojo de Steffey, Commissioner
Serena Cruz, Commissioner
Lisa Naito, Commissioner

(This information furnished by Diane Linn, Chair; Maria Rojo de Steffey, Commissioner; Serena Cruz, Commissioner; Lisa Naito, Commissioner.)

Argument in Favor

Support your local small business - Vote YES on Measure 30!

All across Oregon, our small, locally-owned businesses are still struggling to recover from the economic instability created by 9/11. As owners of these small businesses, we can say firsthand that what struggling neighborhood businesses do NOT need right now is more uncertainty.

It is for this reason that we support Oregon's balanced budget, and urge your YES vote on Measure 30.

Getting Oregon's economy back on track should be our number one priority. And to do this we need to get out of this vicious cycle of insecurity. Oregon's economy is starting to look up - so let's move forward together, and focus our energy on putting Oregonians back to work - not re-visiting the same problem again and again.

Please help locally-owned neighborhood businesses by supporting the balanced budget and economic recovery plan. Please, say YES to stability, YES to economic recovery, YES to Measure 30.

Armchair Books, Terry Dallas, Pendleton

Bedouin, Janet Rockway, Sisters

Cameron Winery, John Paul, Dundee

Discovery Corner: Early Childhood Development Center, Laurie Kappel, Phoenix, OR

Evesham Wood Winery, Russ and Mary Raney, Salem

Folkways, Pamela Griffin and Jim Poverman, Eugene

Grand Central Bakery, Ben Davis, President, Portland

Linnton Feed & Seed, Dan Cadmus and Cathi Black, Linnton

Oliver Insurance, Wayne Oliver, Canby

Paloma Clothing, Kim Osgood and Mike Roach, Portland

Red Hills Provincial Dining, Richard and Nancy Gehrts, Dundee

The Source Weekly, Aaron Switzer, Bend

WildFlower Café, Mark Cherniack and Suzi Conklin, Mosier

(This information furnished by Mike Roach, Kim Osgood, Co-owners, Paloma Clothing.)

Argument in Favor

STAND FOR CHILDREN SUPPORTS CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS

JOIN US IN VOTING YES ON MEASURE 30

SUPPORT A BALANCED BUDGET FOR OREGON

Children are the future of Oregon. Our economy and our quality of life depend on the next generation. Nothing is more essential to a child's future than a good education.

Good schools with stable funding are a major factor in businesses staying or locating in Oregon. Oregonians should be proud of our schools, and proud that we have always supported schools, by volunteering, donating our time, and voting for education funding.

Despite the great job our schools are doing, state budget woes have resulted in 1000 teacher layoffs, schools closing early, and larger classroom sizes across the state.

If Measure 30 fails, schools could lose over $400 million dollars, including: Medford schools $9 million, Springfield schools $12 million, North Clackamas schools $11.25 million, Beaverton $23 million, Salem-Keizer $14 million, and the list goes on.

Districts across the state will have overcrowded classes and fewer school days.

Don't let this happen!

Measure 30 is a reasonable, affordable, smart approach to balance Oregon's budget. The average Oregon family will only pay about $3 a month. For this modest amount, hundreds of schoolchildren will receive the basic level of education they need, 85,000 people will stay on the Oregon health plan, and we will maintain other key services for thousands of poor children.

Oregon must invest in children now, or pay the price later.

Stand for Children is a grassroots group of parents, grandparents, people who work with children, and other concerned citizens. We believe Oregonians share our values and will Stand For Children with us.

WE CARE ABOUT KIDS. VOTE YES ON MEASURE 30.

Mary Lynn O'Brien
Chair, Portland Stand for Children

Christine Ertl
Chair, Salem-Keizer Stand for Children

Valery Rylands
Chair, Lane County Stand for Children

Laurie Kappel
Chair, Jackson County Stand for Children

Cherrie L. Barnes
Chair, Albany/Linn County Stand for Children

(This information furnished by Valery Rylands, Stand for Children.)

Argument in Favor

The Oregon Food Bank Supports Measure 30
Economic Security is Essential to Ending Hunger

Support Oregon's Working Families.
Measure 30 will ensure that hard working families continue to receive the support necessary to make ends meet. Without Measure 30, childcare costs for low-income working families could increase 72%. Such a steep jump in childcare costs cuts directly into the food budget of vulnerable families.

Support the Oregonians We Serve.
The families who experience hunger and poverty are the same families who rely on essential services such as the Oregon Health Plan, in-home health care, job training and job retention support. Your vote for Measure 30 is a vote to support the thousands of families who must choose between the basics each month--food, or shelter, or health care, or childcare.

Support Oregon's Kids.
In Oregon, 7.3% of two-parent families with children face the realities of hunger - a rate three times higher than the national average. Last year alone, over 650,000 Oregonians ate from an emergency food box. Measure 30 restores funding to important programs that help families cover life's necessities.

Support Measure 30.
Measure 30 is an investment in family financial security. The critical services funded through Measure 30 help low-income families bridge the gap between income and expenses. Measure 30 restores desperately needed funds to the Department of Human Services. The vital public services funded through these dollars are essential to the health and well being of low-income Oregonians, their families and the communities they live in.

Please join the Oregon Food Bank and vote
"YES" for Measure 30.

(This information furnished by Rachel Bristol, Executive Director, Oregon Food Bank.)

Argument in Favor

Lake Oswego Community Leaders Urge Your YES Vote on Measure 30

Historically, the Lake Oswego community has expected exceptional performance from its schools, and has supported them accordingly. Measure 30 protects the wise investments we have made in our children's future and avoids cuts that threaten the long-term quality of the education we seek to provide. If it fails, our schools would lose $2 million of committed funding needed to provide a safety net of minimum resources. Please continue your strong commitment to our schools by voting YES on Measure 30.

Linda Brown, School Board Chair
Rich Akerman
Rose Colett
Curt Sheinin
Bill Swindells
William A. Korach, Superintendent of Schools

Lake Oswego's success is directly tied to the strength of its schools. Further, Lake Oswego relies on State revenue sharing and partnerships with State agencies that are threatened if Measure 30 fails. The Lake Oswego City Council encourages a YES vote on Measure 30 to ensure continued improvements to the quality of life for all its residents.

Judie Hammerstad, Mayor
Karl Rhode, Councilor
Gay Graham, Councilor
Jack Hoffman, Councilor
Lynn Peterson, Councilor
John Turchi, Councilor

Measure 30 preserves the legislature's balanced budget and protects our schools, seniors, social services and public safety programs from further cuts. This bipartisan plan offers stability and certainty to Oregon businesses and families without borrowing or accounting tricks. Truly, there is no Plan B for Oregon. Your local legislators urge your YES vote on Measure 30.

Senator Richard Devlin
Representative Greg Macpherson

(This information furnished by Linda Brown.)

Argument in Favor

Your Neighbors in Clackamas County Urge a YES vote on Measure 30

Measure 30 provides certain and stable funding for Clackamas County while protecting seniors, schools, public safety and other vital services. Measure 30 ensures that we have a full school year for every child in Clackamas County and prevents increases in class size. It maintains programs like Oregon Project Independence that help Clackamas seniors stay in their own homes, and protects the prescription drug benefits of thousands of needy seniors and persons with disabilities.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Schools

Clackamas County school districts are threatened with severe cuts if Measure 30 fails. For example, West Linn-Wilsonville could lose as many as 75 teachers, and North Clackamas could lose 8 weeks of school if they deal with the reduced revenue by cutting school days.

Human Services

Thousands of Clackamas County seniors and persons with disabilities depend on the Oregon Health Plan to help cover medical expenses. Without the balanced budget provided by Measure 30, our neighbors could be among the estimated 85,000 Oregonians who will lose OHP coverage.

Safety

Our Clackamas County Sheriff's office is among the busiest and best in Oregon, handling hundreds of calls per day. But if Measure 30 fails, Clackamas Community Corrections could lose nearly a million dollars in state support. Likewise, our prosecutor's office is handling some of the state's most difficult criminal cases, and could be hit with serious reductions in workforce if Measure 30 fails.

Our Local Economy

If Clackamas County suffers these job losses in education, human services, and public safety our local economy suffers, too. The dollars these people pour into our economy by pur-chasing goods and services in our neighborhoods will vanish.

PLEASE VOTE YES ON MEASURE 30
FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF ALL CLACKAMAS COUNTY

(This information furnished by Karynn Fish, Yes on 30 for Clackamas County.)

Argument in Favor

The League of Women Voters of Oregon
supports Measure 30.

We urge all voters to participate in the election and to vote "yes."

Measure 30 will supply the temporary funding Oregon needs while our economy recovers. It will sustain programs and services vital to our future prosperity.

A "YES" Vote on Measure 30 will:

  • Provide stability to help our economy and protect our bond rating
  • Support our public schools, allowing a full school year and reasonable class sizes
  • Support public colleges and universities, minimizing tuition increases and maintaining programs
  • Assure that the Oregon Health Plan will continue to serve many poor Oregonians
  • Assure the continuation of Project Independence to allow seniors to live in their own homes
  • Provide prescription-drug coverage for low-income seniors and the disabled

Measure 30 is responsible:

This balanced-budget plan avoids borrowing that would mortgage Oregon's future prosperity.

Measure 30 is reasonable and fair because:

  • It maintains the decade-old cigarette tax, dedicated to health care
  • It is progressive - those who earn less pay less
  • It makes sure big corporations pay more than $10 in taxes by increasing minimum taxes and reducing outdated tax breaks
  • It allows most seniors a more generous tax deduction for medical expenses than allowed in 48 other states

Please help preserve Oregon's quality of life.

What we have built together is too precious to lose.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon urges a

YES vote for Measure 30!

Remember to make your vote count!

Mail your ballot by Friday, January 30th or

Take your ballot to an official drop box before 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 3rd. (Locations at libraries and/or county elections offices.)

For more information: www.lwvor.org

(This information furnished by Margaret Noel, President, The League of Women Voters of Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

"The strongest organization of parents who fight for schools - the Coalition for School Funding Now."
The Oregonian, May 17, 2002

An Urgent Message from
The Coalition for School Funding Now

PLEASE VOTE YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 30

The Coalition for School Funding Now is an independent, non-partisan voice for Oregon's K-12 public schools. We are a grassroots statewide organization made up of parents, business leaders, community leaders, education advocates, students, teachers, school board members and concerned citizens who believe that each K-12 student in Oregon should have access to a high quality public education.

Since 1996 we have worked for long-term, adequate and stable funding that would provide certainty for all K-12 schools in Oregon. We support efforts being made to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of our schools, but we also need to make sure that every child has a full school year and reasonable class size in every school in Oregon. Measure 30 is a compromise that will help to guarantee that certainty and stability.

  • Oregon's schools need certainty and stability now, as well as in the future and voting yes on Measure 30 will help with stability.
  • Strong public schools are necessary for a strong economy. Oregon businesses depend on a high quality education system to provide educated and skilled workers for jobs.
  • Public education creates opportunity for all of Oregonians. Preparing Oregon's children for the workplace of tomorrow is vitally important to our future.
  • Vote YES on Measure 30. It is a responsible, fair and balanced revenue package passed by bi-partisan super-majorities in both chambers.
  • Stability for our schools means prosperity for Oregon.

PLEASE JOIN OREGON'S LEADING NON-PARTISAN
CITIZEN ADVOCATES FOR SCHOOLS,
AND VOTE YES ON MEASURE 30!

(This information furnished by Chris Coughlin, Coalition for School Funding Now.)

Argument in Favor

ELDERS IN ACTION COMMISSION SUPPORTS
MEASURE 30:

Vote YES--It's the right thing to do
to protect seniors AND the community!

Elders in Action supports
the bi-partisan balanced budget plan.

Measure 30: A first step to helping provide assurance and stability for all Oregonians.

Measure 30: Fair to seniors, schools, families, and businesses. Let's keep all the wonderful things that make Oregon a safe and prosperous place to live and work.

Measure 30: The only solution to the state's budget crisis that does not depend on a "borrow and spend" scheme, which would mortgage Oregon's future.

Measure 30: A balanced approach to keep our schools open, keep our communities safe and maintain services for our elderly, poor and disabled.

Your "YES" Vote on Measure 30 will:

  • Help provide relief for costly prescription drugs. Many low-income seniors are simply unable to afford the drugs they need to live, and they should not have to do without.
  • Help fund Oregon Project Independence. This cost-effective program helps over 4,000 frail seniors to remain independent and in their own homes.
  • Help keep 85,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan, which provides healthcare services for those who cannot afford it. Many senior and disabled people receive these critical services.
  • Help crack down on identity theft and fraud crimes, which disproportionately impact the elderly.
  • Help keep our schools funded and operating so that every Oregon child can receive a quality education.

MEASURE 30: IMPORTANT TO SENIORS

MEASURE 30: IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY

THE ELDERS IN ACTION COMMISSION
URGES A "YES" VOTE ON MEASURE 30

(This information furnished by Mr. Fran Landfair, Chair, Elders in Action Commission.)

Argument in Favor

Vote Yes to Protect Vital Public Services

Public services are crucial to the health of our communities. Families rely on public services to take care of our seniors, educate our children, provide health services, and for public safety. Everyone benefits from reliable, quality public services.

SEIU members - frontline workers - see firsthand how necessary public services are. We deliver quality public services that Oregonians rely on whether its helping seniors get around in Wasco County, going out in the middle of the night to clear a road in Eastern Oregon, or helping a new university student get through the maze of financial aid. We work with seniors and people with disabilities so they can live in their own homes with dignity. The public services we provide touch every family throughout Oregon.

Support Measure 30 to maintain the public services our communities need.

Ballot Measure 30 is a fair revenue measure because those who earn the least pay the least and corporations like Enron/PGE pay their fair share of taxes on profits instead of paying only $10 a year.

We urge support for Ballot Measure 30 to protect services for the most vulnerable in our society. The list of what could be lost is a long one that includes:

  • 85,000 working poor losing health coverage on the Oregon Health Plan
  • 1,200 seniors losing access to home care or nursing homes, and many more losing prescription drug relief
  • Elimination of community corrections programs
  • Cuts of up to 28 school days for our children in some districts

A Yes vote is a vote for public safety, for our children's education, support for our seniors, and a vote for the quality of life we want for everyone in our communities.

Kathie Best, Accounting Tech, Oregon Institute of Technology, SEIU Local 503 President
Mark Gronso, Electrician, Oregon Department of Transportation, SEIU Local 503 Vice President
Karen Thompson, In-home caregiver, SEIU Local 503 Homecare Division President

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

Argument in Favor

Children with Disabilities and Their Families
Need Your YES Vote on Measure 30

The Oregon Family Action Coalition Team urges you to provide certainty and stability in the lives of our most vulnerable children and their families. Protect social and human services and our schools with your YES vote.

Help us begin to get off the roller coaster of funding cuts and service reductions with this balanced, fair plan that asks a little of each of us to help our children a lot.

Children with disabilities cannot wait while the adults in our state continue to battle over budgets. They need:

  • Stable services and supports that keep them with their families in their own homes.
  • The chance to learn in good schools, without reduced calendars.
  • Opportunities to participate in their communities with appropriate supports.
  • Access to quality medical care and therapeutic interventions.

These needs are basic to their daily lives - things that many people take for granted - and help children with disabilities grow up to lead independent, productive lives.

The alternatives are far more costly, in both the human toll and the long-term financial expense.

Please vote yes on Measure 30,
and invest in our children, our families, our future.

The Oregon Family Action Coalition Team (FACT)
Ensuring that people with disabilities and their families are central in all policy & systems development and implementation, resource allocation, leadership development, and collaborative decision-making involving people with disabilities.

FACT includes:
The Arc of Oregon
The Arc of Multnomah County
Families As Leaders
Family Voices of Oregon
Learning Disabilities Association of Oregon
Multnomah Parent Action Committee
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Oregon
Northwest Down syndrome Association
Oregon Advocacy Center
Oregon Family Support Network, Inc.
United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington

(This information furnished by Sharon Lewis, Co-Chair, Rebecca Adelmann, Co-Chair, Family Action Coalition Team (FACT).)

Argument in Favor

The Our Oregon Coalition of Southern Oregon

--educators, seniors, parents, health providers, and businesspeople--

URGE YOUR YES VOTE ON MEASURE 30

Our Southern Oregon communities are strong and prosperous because our schools, social services, and Oregon State Police support our efforts to maintain a vibrant place to live and work.

Measure 30 is PROGRESSIVE and FAIR: those who earn less, pay less. The cost to the average Southern Oregon household will be only $13/year. We believe our communities and state are worth that small investment.

Don W. Skundrick - Citizen Anderson Optical
Ontrack, Inc. Ashland Community Hospital
Ashland Mayor Alan DeBoer Jim and Becky Martin
Living Opportunities, Inc. Peter Buckley, parent
Pat Fahey Jeanene J. O'Brien, PhD
Marsha E. King-Rosine, RN, MSN Saundra L. Theis, RN, PhD
Daniel Cazares, LMFT Mary Adrienne Fansler, LCSW
Rich Rohde Christine Mason
Kate Jackson Julie Rubenstein
Paul A. and Mildred M. Buck Karen H. Salant
Leslie Thomas, parent Judith Kunze, CPA
Chuck Keil Carolyn Verner
Citizens for Peace and Justice Lucia Strasburg

Ray Kappel, Vice-President, Karmal Enterprises, Inc.

Laurie A. Kappel, owner Discovery Corner: Early Childhood Development Center
Rogue Valley Optical Laboratory
Dr. Alan Bates, State Representative
David R. Gilmour, M.D., Jackson County Commissioner
Cathy Shaw, former Ashland Mayor
Amy Amrhein, Chair, Ashland School Board
League of Women Voters of the Rogue Valley
Reverend James and Mary T. Martin
Sheila Hungerford
Edward Hungerford, Retired University Professor
Black, Chapman, Webber, Stevens and Peterson, Attorneys at Law
Applegate Citizens for Political Change
Caren Caldwell, United Church of Christ Minister
Kevin Talbert, RCC Board Member
Rogue Valley Oregon Action
Kate Culbertson, Co-President, League of Women Voters, Ashland
Lauren Bell, PTA President, parent, educator
Human Rights Coalition of Jackson County
American Association of University Women, Medford Branch
Jackson County Democratic Central Committee, Wilbur L. Layton, Chair
George Longden, LCSW, Executive Director
Condé Thompson Cox, Jacksonville
Nancy Beth Hackleman, SEIU-OPEU Local 503
Center for Non Profit Legal Services
Kenneth R. Brown, Teacher, Retired

(This information furnished by Amy Amrhein, Our Oregon Coalition of Southern Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

Health Care Costs are Skyrocketing.

Oregon Nurses, Health Care Providers, Consumers and Business Owners
Urge you to Vote YES on Ballot Measure 30

Ballot Measure 30 ensures health care coverage for 85,000 working Oregonians, prescription drug coverage for 6,000 low-income seniors and access to mental health services for Oregon children and families.

If this measure fails, more uninsured Oregonians will seek care in emergency rooms, driving up costs for everyone and thousands of Oregon families will go without preventative check-ups and lifesaving medicines.

The health care impacts are serious - for patients and for Oregon's economy. Every dollar cut from the Oregon Health Plan cuts an additional $1.50 in federal funding. The health care industry is one of Oregon's largest employers. Cutting these state and federal resources will translate into the loss of family wage jobs in local communities across Oregon.

"As a nurse, I urge you to vote YES on Ballot Measure 30. Cutting health care coverage for 85,000 Oregonians will leave our clinics and emergency rooms over-crowded and increase health care costs for Oregon businesses and working families."

-Karen Ferge, RN, Salem

"I have been struggling for years with medical problems including Diabetes and a heart condition. I am now unable to work and depend on the Oregon Health Plan for survival. If Ballot Measure 30 fails, I will lose my health care coverage. I'm not sure what I'll do."

-Vern Smith, St. Johns

"As a business owner, it's difficult to provide health insurance to my employees and their families. Our health care costs are rising at unsustainable rates. If Ballot Measure 30 fails, health care costs will increase even more."

-Tori Hudson, Sherwood

Please join nurses, health care providers, consumers and business owners in voting YES on Ballot Measure 30 - to maintain health care coverage for working families and protect Oregon's fragile economy.

Join the allies of Oregonians for Health Security
Vote like your Health Depends on It!
www.oregoniansforhealthsecurity.org

(This information furnished by Maribeth Healey, Oregonians for Health Security.)

Argument in Favor

RURAL OREGONIANS say "YES on 30"

Small town and rural Oregonians need the stability that Measure 30 provides for our schools, seniors, and businesses.

Endless cuts to needed services not only hurt our most vulnerable citizens; these cuts also hurt our local economies due to the loss of public sector family wage jobs.

We need a fair, progressive tax structure, where those who earn less pay less. Measure 30 is a good step in that direction.

Vote yes on 30!

RURAL ORGANIZING PROJECT - Advancing Democracy in Rural Oregon.

Blue Sage Ministries of Harney County
Baker County People for Human Dignity
Lee Schore, Director, Center for Working Life, Wheeler
Central Oregon Coast Chapter of NOW
Central Oregon Community Action Agency Network, Inc.
Citizens Democracy Watch, Florence
Citizens for a Livable Sandy
Craig Fraiser, Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity (CCCHD)
Columbia Pacific Alliance for Social Justice, Astoria
Cottage Grove C.A.N.
Cottage Grove Sunday Forum
Billy Russo, Douglas County AIDS Council
Douglas County Democratic Party
Florence Area Democratic Club
Linda Driskill, Grant County Civil Liberties Network
Human Dignity Coalition, Bend
Human Rights Advocates of Coos County
Human Rights Coalition of Gresham, Lowell Clardy-Chair
The Human Rights Coalition of Jackson County
Klamath Basin Peace Forum
Klamath Sustainable Communities
LGBT Political Caucus of Southern Oregon
North Coast Notes, Manzanita
North Coast Pride Network, Astoria
Peace House, Ashland
Kate Ely, President, Pendleton Branch, AAUW of Oregon
Peace and Justice Committee, First Congregational Church, Salem
Pendleton Commons
Pendleton PeaceNet
The Peoples Alliance for Livability in the Santiam Valley
Polk Alliance for Human Dignity (PolkA)
Progressive Options, Lincoln County
Social Justice Alliance, Cave Junction
Southern Oregon Gender Center
Stand for Peace - Cottage Grove
Wasco County Citizens for Human Dignity
West County Coalition for Human Dignity, Forest Grove
Women's Action for New Directions of Lane County

(This information furnished by Grace M. Taylor, Rural Organizing Project.)

Argument in Favor

The Oregon Nurses Association urges
a "YES" vote on Measure 30
Don't Cut Health Care for Oregonians

Last year Oregon experienced the deepest cuts to its public health system in memory.

If Ballot Measure 30 fails it gets even worse.

Basic Health Care: Last year almost 50,000 low income, working Oregonians lost health care benefits for themselves and their families.

Nurses on the front lines of health care have seen the results of these cuts:

  • Untreated contagious illnesses like the flu are spreading unchecked
  • Oregonians are not seeking preventive care for conditions like diabetes
  • Chronic conditions like cancer and heart disease are going undetected

These patients will end up in the emergency room at much higher costs. And these hospital costs are passed on to paying health care consumers.

The 2003 Legislature rewrote the Oregon Health Plan emphasizing managed care, reducing the treatments available to low income Oregonians. Fewer people have access to health care today. However, high unemployment and a poor economy have increased the number of low income Oregonians.

Ballot Measure 30 will stabilize the Oregon Health Plan and ensure families, seniors, and children get the health care they need.

Mental Health: Last year state and county health services were cut deeply. For most of 2003 unstable, suicidal, and often violent people have been released or turned away from public health care.

Nurses on the front lines have seen the results of these cuts:

  • Mentally ill people on the streets get hurt and end up in the emergency rooms
  • Many mentally ill people end up in prisons receiving treatment from prison nurses
  • Some mentally ill people end up hurting others

It is more expensive to have mentally ill people in prison or treated at an ER. Ballot Measure 30 would restore some services to the mentally ill and help them get the treatment they need.

Help Oregon's Nurses Provide Care For All Oregonians
Vote "Yes" on 30

(This information furnished by Martin Taylor, Oregon Nurses Association.)

Argument in Favor

HEALTHY KIDS LEARN BETTER

Support Healthy Kids. Support Measure 30.

The Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition is committed to adequate
funding for schools
and community-based groups to address
physical, social and emotional barriers to learning.

Oregon's economic recovery depends on a stable education
system and good schools. Measure 30 will provide stability to
Oregon's schools and their support services.

Measure 30 will support healthy kids by ensuring access to:

-- School-based Health Centers

-- Physical Education and Activities

-- Nutrition Programs

-- School Nurses and Counselors

-- Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention & Treatment Programs

-- Tobacco Prevention and Education

-- Healthy and Safe School Environments

The following members of the

Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition
Urge You to Vote YES on Measure 30:

Children First for Oregon
Oregon School-based Health Care Network
Oregon School Nurses Association
Community Health Partnership
Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon PTA
Juleeanna Andreoni, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist
MIKE Program - Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program
Jackie Rose, Nurse Practitioner
Oregon Public Health Association
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition
Tobacco-Free Coalition of Oregon
Upstream Public Health
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of Oregon

(This information furnished by Tim Kotek, Children First for Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Catholic Conference Supports Measure 30

Measure 30: A Bipartisan, Balanced Budget for the Common Good

Poor, weak and vulnerable Oregonians have a special call on our compassion. Oregon's revenue debate is not merely about the numbers of financing state government. This debate is about the morality of state public policy. Caring for the most vulnerable persons in our midst, particularly poor women, children, elderly and disabled persons, and funding education are moral issues of the common good. As part of Oregon's bipartisan, balanced budget, Measure 30 provides resources for social services for vulnerable persons and education for children.

Churches and Charities Provide Social Services But Cannot Replace Government

Oregon's churches and charities are partners with government in meeting peoples' needs. Through our schools, hospitals, nursing homes, dining halls, food pantries and clothes closets, churches and charities address the unmet needs of our fellow Oregonians. During this difficult time in the economy, we see firsthand and have compassion for the growing number of people in need. Churches and charities, however, cannot replace the services provided through government. It is not the mission of churches or charities to replace government, nor do we seek to do so. We can and do supplement what government does to aid and care for our fellow Oregonians regardless of a person's faith.

Measure 30 Supports Stability in the Social Services Safety Net

During the past three years, the Oregon Catholic Conference, together with the interfaith community, has advocated maintaining the safety net of social services for people in need. After the longest legislative session in Oregon's history, let us support state fiscal stability contained in the bipartisan, balanced budget. Let us remember the common good for Oregon and our responsibility for our fellow Oregonians.

The Oregon Catholic Conference Urges a "YES" Vote on Measure 30.

Most Reverend John G. Vlazny Most Reverend Robert F. Vasa
Archbishop of Portland Bishop of Baker
President Vice-President
Oregon Catholic Conference Oregon Catholic Conference

(This information furnished by Robert J. Castagna, General Counsel & Executive Director, Oregon Catholic Conference.)

Argument in Favor

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 30

The stakes have never been this high. If Measure 30 is turned down by the voters at the February 3, 2004 special election, state and local services that Oregonians expect and need will be devastated. We cannot allow this to happen.

Measure 30 was a carefully devised, bi-partisan response by the Legislature to the severe state general fund shortfall for the 2003-2005 biennium. The plan's core features are temporary tax surcharges that will allow essential services to be maintained at adequate levels. Over the past several years, the Legislature has exhausted all the one-time, stop-gap funding options that were available and this revenue package was the only reasonable alternative left.

If Measure 30 were to be defeated, a budget reduction plan that the 2003 Legislature adopted will go into effect. This plan includes huge cuts in education, human services and public safety programs. These reductions may not yet seem real, but if they occur Oregonians will be stunned by the resulting harmful effects.

In the public safety sector, critical services will be eliminated or severely curtailed. Oregon's Circuit Courts may again be forced to reduce regular hours of operation. Many criminal cases will not be able to be prosecuted because funds will not be available to provide counsel to indigent defendants. State and Community Corrections programs will be crippled. State Police services will be cut back from their already reduced level.

At this election, Oregonians are being asked to make a choice between a state that is willing to make short-term financial sacrifices to preserve basic services and protect our most vulnerable citizens, and a state that, in bad economic times, is willing to abandon these citizens and the core government programs that they need and deserve.

We think Oregonians will make the right choice and vote in favor of Measure 30. Join your friends and neighbors in supporting this measure.

(This information furnished by John Potter, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.)

Argument in Favor

This Voters' Pamphlet statement is going to be different. No bulleted one-liners from an expensive poll. No "hitting on the talking points." Just some straight-from-the-heart common sense.

Opponents of Measure 30 are hyping this as a tax increase, plain and simple. People like Mr. Mannix, Mr. Walker and Mr. Sizemore have painted Measure 30 proponents into the corner of looking as though we ONLY want more money. While that may be a great campaign tactic, it's simply not true. We support Measure 30 because we care about Oregon.

Schools are shutting down, often and early. Essential public services -- not "extras" -- are being eliminated. Seniors are being hurt. This isn't the Oregon we know and love.

Here's an example our organization knows all too well. In the past decade, we've shut down the state's two major mental institutions, Fairview and Dammasch. Yes, some clients are in private or state operated group homes. But many others are on the streets and/or committing crimes. Prisons are clogged with MR/DD prisoners; 1 in 5 state prisoners suffer some form of mental illness. Corrections officers aren't trained to deal with them, and they become victims themselves inside prison walls. Now lawsuits are pending against the state over some of these cases, just one example of what happens when we chop vital public services.

So what is Measure 30? It's a band-aid, nothing more. It's not a cure-all. But it is a necessary component of getting Oregon back on track.

The Legislature will meet in 2004 to review Oregon's tax structure. We support that; something needs to be done. But lawmakers don't need another $800 million in cuts hanging over their heads. Let's pass Measure 30, keep Oregon a state we can be proud to live in and all work together for a better system in the future.

Because, in the end, that's what we all want -- a better Oregon.

(This information furnished by Don Loving, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)

Argument in Favor

BENTON COUNTY YES ON 30

Benton Yes on 30, a coalition of citizens, educators, businesspeople senior and disabled persons and health care providers, urge your YES vote on Measure 30, the Bipartisan Balanced Budget. Here's why:

Stability

The Bipartisan Balanced Budget maintains essential services and infrastructure, such as schools and senior services. It is superior to borrow and spend tactics that destabilize Oregon's finances and public services. Instability erodes our credit worthiness, which raises interest expenses on state bonds.

Prosperity

Full employment is vital to support our locally owned businesses. Measure 30 provides the security and stability that is essential for business planning and for attracting new enterprises to Oregon and to Benton County.

Education

In a knowledge-based economy, education is increasingly important. Measure 30 supports our public schools, colleges and universities. It keeps them viable, available and affordable to prepare our children for family wage jobs.

Security

Food, shelter, medical care and personal safety are fundamental to our quality of life. Measure 30 assures that:

  • 85,000 needy Oregonians continue to get life sustaining care and medications through the Oregon Health Plan
  • Elderly and disabled who live independently in their own homes with the assistance of Oregon Project Independence can continue to do so
  • 300 - 350 convicted criminals per month who might otherwise be released early remain in prison.

Fairness

A recession is hard on everybody. Measure 30 places the burden on those who can most easily bear it:

  • The income tax surcharge is based on ability to pay. It amounts to little or nothing for taxpayers with modest incomes.
  • Corporate minimum taxes are based on sales
  • Unnecessary tax breaks are eliminated

Please vote "YES!" on Measure 30

This Statement Endorsed By:
The Arc of Benton County
Corvallis Education Association
Corvallis Education Coalition
Corvallis School Board
LWV Corvallis
Michael R. Volpe - Disability Advocate
Tom Wogaman, Member of LBCC Board

(This information furnished by Lisa Krause, Benton Yes on 30.)

Argument in Favor

Elected Officials in Benton County Urge You To Vote Yes on Measure 30!

The bipartisan budget plan:

Creates certainty and stability. It protects schools, seniors, public safety and the courts. These vital services support Oregon families as they work to turn our economy around.

Supports seniors and their families. It helps seniors and the disabled stay independent and healthy. It provides prescription drugs for needy seniors.

Supports education. Oregon's economic recovery depends on a stable education system and good schools. Strong schools mean a strong economy.

Is fair and progressive. It makes the tax system fair; those who earn less will pay less, with the poorest Oregonians paying nothing. The average Oregonian will pay only $24-$36 more per year in state income taxes.

The bipartisan balanced budget is good for business and good for Oregon!

We support Measure 30!

Senator Frank Morse
Representative Kelley Wirth
Representative Lane Shetterly
Former Senator Cliff Trow
Former Representative Barbara Ross
Former Representative Tony Van Vliet
Benton County Commissioner Jay Dixon
Benton County Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo
Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell
Benton County Sheriff Jim Swinyard
Benton County District Attorney Scott Heiser
Adair Village Mayor Craig Bartlett
Corvallis Mayor Helen Berg
Monroe Mayor Floyd Billings
Philomath Mayor Chris Nusbaum
Benton County Presiding Judge Janet Schoenhard Holcomb
Benton County Circuit Court Judge Locke A. Williams
Benton County Circuit Court Judge Henry R. Dickerson, Jr.

Join us in voting Yes on Measure 30!

(This information furnished by Lisa Krause, Benton Yes on 30.)

Argument in Favor

The Human Services Coalition of Oregon
Asks You to Vote 'YES' on Measure 30

Support Stable Communities
Our communities need stable services for those in need. Foster homes for abused children, food pantries and soup kitchens for the hungry, in-home services for the elderly and disabled, primary health care clinics, mental health and chemical dependency services, shelters for the homeless and safe child care for children of the working poor are the kind of services our organizations provide.

Support Oregon's Safety Net
The Human Services Coalition of Oregon includes hundreds of human services providers, associations, county agencies and individuals that have joined together to ensure the very basic needs of Oregon's poorest and most vulnerable residents will be met. This work is accomplished in partnership with the State of Oregon - a partnership we can uphold by supporting Measure 30. In these times of economic reversals, organizations like ours are stretched to the limit. More Oregonians are in poverty. The time has come for all of us to provide much needed help. Measure 30 is a temporary remedy that will bridge the gap while our economy and our state heal.

Support Measure 30
A majority of us will be paying just pennies a day to sustain our most essential services. We can make a crucial investment in our communities. To do otherwise will be more costly in both human and fiscal terms. Measure 30 makes a short-term community investment with long-term benefits.

Measure 30 Allows Us to Do the Right Thing in the Right Way
Please vote 'YES' on Measure 30

Jacqueline Zimmer, Co-Chair
Oregon Assoc. of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities

Martin Taylor, Co-Chair
Oregon Nurses Association

For a full listing of HSCO membership, please go to www.oregonhsco.org for a complete coalition list.

(This information furnished by Phil J. Donovan, Human Services Coalition of Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

OUR SCHOOLS NEED CERTAINTY!

Last year we witnessed the kind of havoc that funding uncertainty can reek on our schools when we saw schools close early losing weeks of valuable classroom time. Our schools and our students should not be made to endure the kind of damage that was caused by such actions. By voting YES on Ballot Measure 30, we can provide certainty and ensure that our schools stay open all year providing continuity and stability in our educational programs statewide.

OUR ECONOMY IS RELYING ON IT!

The failure of Ballot Measure 30, and subsequent reduction in state revenues, will only result in fewer jobs for Oregonians, fewer educational opportunities for students, and a loss of essential services for Oregon's most vulnerable citizens and will tear down the quality of life in Oregon that we all cherish. Oregon's schools are the foundation of a local community's economic infrastructure; by throwing those very schools into turmoil, we are going a long way toward destroying the viable economic base of nearly every local community in the state.

OUR STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER!

The opponents of Measure 30 would save money by stripping our education system of the standards that have made Oregon's students some of the highest achievers in the world. Do we really want that? Do we really want to provide a third-rate education for our children? The bipartisan balanced budget plan, of which Measure 30 is the hinge, ensures for the immediate future that we don't leave our students behind.

Can we ensure funding for our schools?
Can we begin to pull our economy forward?
Can we provide a world-class education to our students?
YES WE CAN!

On behalf of the 20,000 members of the Oregon School Employees Association, I am
asking you to vote YES ON BALLOT MEASURE 30.
Merlene Martin, President of the Oregon School Employees Association

(This information furnished by Merlene Martin, President, Oregon School Employees Association.)

Argument in Favor

Ballot Measure 30

A Yes Vote for Oregon's Future

The Association of Oregon Faculties and its members on the campuses of the Oregon University System urge Oregonians to support Ballot Measure 30.

Our state's future depends on how well we educate our young people. In the 21st century, how our public higher education system meets the needs of its students will be critical to ensuring that our future leaders are prepared and stay at home in Oregon.

If Ballot Measure 30 is rejected, damaging budget cuts will result that could cripple Oregon's education system. For our public universities, the only response will be to reduce quality or, once again, raise tuition.

We cannot allow quality to suffer. Cuts to faculty and staff positions will mean fewer academic programs and the overcrowding that exists will only get worse. Oregon's public universities have to stay competitive with their counterparts in other states or we will experience a "brain drain" of students and faculty.

Our students cannot afford any more tuition hikes. It is already too expensive for many Oregon students to attend their state universities.

Measure 30 is a carefully crafted, balanced and bipartisan solution to the severe funding problems that the 2003 Legislature faced. The $2 billion shortfall that existed for the 2003 - 2005 biennium was real and needed a real solution. Measure 30 fits that requirement. It imposes a temporary increase on income taxpayers, both individuals and businesses, and uses the revenue to fund essential services.

It's time for Oregonians to put our best foot forward. If we truly want this state to prosper and provide the quality of life we say we desire, then we need to support essential government services. Voting for Measure 30 is your chance to do just that.

(This information furnished by Rick Troxel, Association of Oregon Faculties.)

Argument in Favor

Keep Oregon's Children Safe!
Vote Yes on Measure 30!

Preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect is one of the most
important things we do as a community.

Every day, we work on the front lines to ensure vulnerable children get the care
and services they need. Now, we are asking for your help to make sure this
important work continues. All you have to do is vote YES for Measure 30.

Measure 30 provides stability to programs dedicated to keeping children safe -
programs with a proven track record of success.

We work to stabilize children and families in crisis, support parents through
education and connect families to needed services. We make sure every child
has a safe, nurturing home.

Please use your vote to support the safety of Oregon's children.
Please vote YES. Thank you.

CASA for Children of Klamath County
Children First for Oregon
Douglas CARES
Barbara Eels, Child Advocacy Center Coordinator
Family Building Blocks
Family Development Center, Douglas County Relief Nursery
Family Relief Nursery, Cottage Grove
Klamath Youth Development Center
Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery, Bend
Portland Relief Nursery
Relief Nursery, Inc. (Lane County)

(This information furnished by Beth Kapsch, Children First for Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

Treating Alcohol and Drug Abuse
is a Smart Investment
Yes on 30!

In communities from Klamath Falls to Roseburg to Baker City, Oregon's Community alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs are working to help Oregonians rebuild lives and families devastated by addiction.

  • A 'Yes' vote on Measure 30 will help bring down health care costs

Untreated alcohol and drug addiction drives up the cost of medical services and health care for all of us. Addiction treatment is one of the most cost-effective and efficient tools we have for bringing down heath care costs. Measure 30 is fiscally responsible and makes sure that Oregonians receive needed care.

  • A 'Yes' vote on Measure 30 will help Oregonians become productive citizens

With proper treatment, many addicts can dramatically change their lives and become contributing members of our society. Many former addicts have rebuilt their lives and become valued members of their communities. Together we can get people back to work and contributing to our economy.

  • A 'Yes' vote on Measure 30 protects health care for thousands of Oregonians

Without the passage of Measure 30, up to 85,000 Oregonians could lose their health coverage. Oregon's bi-partisan balanced budget protects the health care that is essential to the well being of thousands of low-income Oregonians and their families.

  • A 'Yes' vote on Measure 30 helps reduce child abuse and crime rates

When addicts receive the treatment and help they need to become productive citizens, it means fewer people committing crimes and fewer families devastated by addiction. Child abuse and neglect rates go down and children in foster care can go home to safe and self-sufficient families.

As small businesses, as your neighbors, as people committed to helping people who are working to help themselves - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Association of Oregon urges your support of Measure 30 and this respon-sible, balanced budget plan.

Vote Yes on Measure 30.

(This information furnished by Rick Treleaven, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Association of Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES URGE A
YES VOTE ON MEASURE 30

Mental health advocates and the Mental Health Matters Campaign urge your 'Yes' Vote on Measure 30. This bi-partisan, balanced budget plan will ensure funding for basic mental health and addiction services and provide treatment and necessary medications to thousands of mentally ill Oregonians.

Measure 30 Protects Critical Mental Health Services

If Measure 30 is defeated thousands of Oregonians will lose services through cuts in areas including:

  • Medically needy coverage for mental health prescriptions
  • OHP mental health and alcohol and drug treatment
  • General Assistance for persons with serious mental illness
  • Day treatment for children and adolescents
  • Supported employment to assist in recovery.

Without these critical services, many with serious mental conditions are abandoned and left on their own, often ending up in the emergency room, the hospital or in jail.

Measure 30 Ensures People with Mental Illness
Get Treatment

Just as those suffering from mental illness need stability and certainty in their lives, our state budget and vital public services need economic certainty and stability. That is why the Mental Health Matters Campaign urges your 'Yes' vote on Measure 30.

Mental Health Matters

Steve Weiss, Board President
Mental Health Association of Oregon

Stephen Loaiza, Executive Director
NAMI-Oregon

Leslie Ford, President/CEO
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

Robert Joondeph, Executive Director
Oregon Advocacy Center

James Davis, Executive Director
Coalition for Responsible Treatment

Maureen Breckenridge, Executive Director
Oregon Family Support Network, Inc.

(This information furnished by Joe Coss, Mental Health Matters Campaign.)

Argument in Favor

Oregonians with disabilities urge a Yes vote on Measure 30.

They are some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens. Their cost-effective services allow them to lead productive lives in our communities.

Oregon closed its state institutions; no longer do we segregate people because of their disabilities. If community services are now cut, where will people with disabilities go?

These services allow people to lead lives that are safe and ful-filling and to be contributing members of their communities. These services are far less costly than state institutions, but they need public support.

Please don't gamble with their lives. Don't wreck this balanced budget. The smoke and mirror tricks of outsiders will not replace a budget that was the best compromise our legislators could agree upon.

We are people with disabilities, families, advocates, and community care providers, and we urge you to vote YES on this essential Measure.

Albertina Kerr Centers
The Arc of Oregon
Brain Injury Association of Oregon
Columbia Gorge Center
Community Access Services, Inc.
Community Providers Association of Oregon
Janine Delaunay
Family Action Coalition Team
Full Access Brokerage Board of Directors
Galt Foundation
Inclusion, Inc.
Integrity Rehabilitation, Inc.
Lane Independent Living Alliance
Mckenzie Personnel Systems
OESCO
Oregon Cross-Disability Coalition
Oregon Rehabilitation Association
Oregon Technical Assistance Corp
Pathway Enterprises, Inc.
Self-Determination Resources, Inc.
United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and S.W. Washington, Inc.
Kathryn Weit

(This information furnished by Tim Kral, Developmental Disabilities Coalition and Cross-Disability Coalition.)

Argument in Favor

RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL OREGON
SUPPORT MEASURE 30

YES FOR SCHOOLS
"Bend LaPine schools have already trimmed 10% from the budget in the past four years. If this balanced budget plan fails, we will be forced to cut another 11%. That equals 27 school days, or 180 employees or nine more students per class. That's $9 million that won't come to our community and won't be spent locally. Please vote yes to protect our schools and our community."

Gary Bruner, retired teacher, Bend

YES FOR SENIORS
"50,000 Oregonians, including many seniors, could lose access to the Oregon Health Plan, increasing health insurance premiums for everyone else. Prescription drug coverage could disappear for thousands of seniors who can't otherwise afford their life-saving medicine. And we'll see more cuts to programs like Oregon Project Independence, which helps seniors stay independent, healthy, and in their homes. Please vote yes to protect Oregon's seniors."

Robert Slawson, senior advocate, Bend

YES FOR A SAFE COMMUNITY
"If the balanced budget is repealed, our local community corrections office will lose almost $6 million, forcing the potential lay-off of probation staff. Forensic services will cut staff, delaying evidence tests and possibly causing dismissals or reversals. Once again, we'll get no new prosecutors for our increased caseload, which means more criminals on the streets because we can't keep up with the cases. Please vote yes for a safer community."

Mike Dugan, Deschutes County District Attorney

YES FOR CENTRAL OREGON'S ECONOMY
"Oregon's rural economy and local small businesses have been deeply hurt by the economic uncertainty of the past few years. The balanced budget in Measure 30 brings back stability to our economy, our schools, and our communities. $2-$3 is a small amount to support young, old and ill citizens of our community. Let's look forward and concentrate on solutions. Please vote yes to preserve Central Oregon's economy."

Alan Unger, Redmond Mayor

VOTE YES FOR OUR OREGON

(This information furnished by Renée Davidson, Central Oregonians for Measure 30.)

Argument in Favor

LANE COUNTY "YES" ON MEASURE 30

Here's what people in Lane County are saying about why you should vote "YES" on Measure 30.

"YES" FOR THE ECONOMY
"To attract and retain good businesses, we must adequately fund schools and other public services. Measure 30 is a hard-won, imperfect, necessary compromise; if it fails we'll be right back in crisis and sending precisely the wrong message about doing business in Oregon."

-Jenny Ulum, small business owner and past Chamber of Commerce leader

"YES" FOR SCHOOLS
"Each of us lives in a local school district. We care about the success of our local school children. With Measure 30's short-term revenue, your local school district can avoid further harmful setbacks to the precious education of your community's children."

-Garry E. Weber - Board Chairman Springfield Public Schools

"YES" FOR SENIORS
"The health, safety and independence of senior and disabled Oregonians are at stake. Without this temporary tax, cost effective programs providing prescription drug coverage and essential services for the elderly and disabled, in their homes or in care facilities, will be cut further."

-Rev. John (Jack) Ewing, Retired Minister - Retired Assistant Professor of Gerontology
-Joella Ewing - Gerontology Specialist (Issues of Aging)

"YES" FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE AND DISABLED
"Voting 'Yes' will offer renewed hope and greater self-reliance for people with severe mental illnesses by restoring Oregon Health Plan benefits for medications and mental health services, thereby reducing the need for emergency room services and in-patient care."

-Susan A. Ban, Director, ShelterCare, Eugene
-Mary Alice Brown, Director, Laurel Hill Center

"YES" FOR CHILDREN
"Measure 30 gives you the opportunity to secure our children's future. Their safety and learning depends on you. Our future depends on them. Vote yes because you can be a part of creating success for Oregon's children and Oregon's future."

-Jean Phelps, Executive Director, Relief Nursery, Inc

"YES" ON MEASURE 30 FOR LANE COUNTY
"YES" FOR OUR OREGON

(This information furnished by Daniel E. H. Bryant, Lane Yes on 30.)

Argument in Favor

Parents and Educators Support Measure 30

Community & Parents for Public Schools (CPPS) and the Portland Schools Alliance ask you to vote YES on Measure 30.

We are grassroots organizations working to improve education for Oregon's children. Last May we all worked to protect our schools in Portland and Multnomah County. Why? Because we believe that our children deserve a decent education and that our economic recovery depends on a stable education system.

This February, we are supporting the bi-partisan balanced budget plan, Measure 30. Why are we supportive? Because we believe all children in Oregon deserve a full school year, decent class sizes, and quality teachers.

And without Measure 30, classrooms around the state--from kindergarten through high school--will lose more than $400 million in funding. For many school districts, that means cutting days and even weeks off of the school year. For example, Coos Bay would have to cut 15 days this school year alone.

Faced with such a loss of revenue, many more school districts will be forced to make choices: shorten the school year, lose essential programs, lay off more teachers, or increase class sizes yet again. And that's on top of the 1000 Oregon teachers who have already lost their jobs.

Remember, job growth in Oregon depends on a stable education system. Measure 30 means certainty for schools. Good schools mean a skilled workforce. And a skilled workforce is what businesses look for when deciding whether or not to come here, stay here and create jobs here.

By passing Measure 30, we promote economic stability AND protect our vital services--we show that we care about our kids, our seniors, and our vulnerable neighbors who need a helping hand.

Now is the time for us to do the right thing.
Please, join us in voting YES on Measure 30.

(This information furnished by Scott Bailey, Community & Parents for Public Schools.)

Argument in Favor

HOPE (Help Out Public Education) urges a YES Vote on Measure 30!

Help Out Public Education (HOPE), a grassroots group created by parents to help solve the funding crisis for schools in Multnomah County, urges your 'Yes' vote on Measure 30.

We believe that strong public schools are the cornerstone of strong communities and a strong economy. Strong schools attract new businesses to our region. Strong schools ensure that our property values stay high. Strong schools create a work force that can respond to the increasing demands that our kids will face as they grow up and inherit the responsibilities of leading Oregon. Strong schools reflect what kind of state we are -- a state full of people who care about our kids and value public education.

All across Oregon, schools stand to lose more than any other public service if Measure 30 fails. As a matter of fact, our schools will lose more than $400 million dollars if we don't support Measure 30.

If Measure 30 fails, our children will feel the consequences. School years will be shortened. Teachers will be laid off. Programs will be eliminated. Achievement will suffer. Families will leave. The economy will endure greater setbacks than it already has. And we will be left to answer to our kids about why we let this happen.

A "Yes" vote on Measure 30 is a realistic and responsible way to invest in our economic recovery by investing in our schools and our children. Measure 30 also goes a long way toward restoring economic stability and fairness; those who earn less pay less.

Measure 30 is an investment in our economy and our schools that we can't afford NOT to make. Please vote YES on Measure 30.

Support Measure 30: Help Ensure Strong Schools and a Strong Economy

(This information furnished by Nancy Hamilton, Help Out Public Education, HOPE.)

Argument in Favor

"Chris" is the best reason to vote YES on Measure 30.

Chris is in his 40's and has had profound disabilities all his life. He cannot walk or, without assistance from caregivers, perform daily tasks we take for granted such as dressing, bathing and eating.

In spite of these challenges, Chris lives in the community and works each day, operating specially adapted equipment to shred sensitive documents. Because of his job through a nonprofit community program, his wages help pay for part of his twenty-four hour care.

Chris enjoys his work and is proud of his paycheck. He enjoys many other activities, such as church, shopping and movies, all activities that require the support of caregivers.

The salaries of Chris' hardworking caregivers come from the state budget. Their wages are low, but the work they do to support Chris and others like him is essential.

Helping to care for Chris is some of the most important work our state does. He used to live at Fairview, where his care cost far more than it does now, but his community care will always be necessary.

Measure 30 will cost the average Oregonian less than 75 cents a week, but it will help continue the care that Chris and others like him with disabilities desperately need.

Please vote yes on Measure 30.

For Chris.

Oregon Advocacy Center
Alternative Services Oregon, Inc.
Chamberlin House, Inc.
Coast Rehabilitation Services
Community Services, Inc.
Eastco Diversified Services
Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage
Good Shepherd Communities
Horizon Project, Inc.
Independent Environments, Inc.
Living Opportunities, Inc.
Mt. Angel Training Center & Residential Services
New Day Enterprises, Inc.
Opportunity Foundation Central Oregon
Oregon Supported Living Program
Partnerships in Community Living, Inc.
Pearl Buck Center Incorporated
Port City Development Center
RAP
Riverside Training Centers, Inc.
Shangri-La Corporation
Step Forward Enterprises
Southern Oregon Regional Brokerage
Umpqua Homes for the Handicapped, Inc.
Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Rick Venturi

(This information furnished by Tim Kral, Oregon Rehabilitation Association.)

Argument in Favor

The American Association of
University Women of Oregon
Urges a Yes vote on Measure 30

Oregon is at a crossroads. We can bring stability and certainty to our communities with a "Yes" vote, or we can mortgage our very future with a "No" vote by rejecting Oregon's bi-partisan balanced budget plan.

  • Will my child have 58 students in her algebra class?
  • Will my neighbor, a probation officer, have a job?
  • Will our smaller communities unravel because we lack services to keep our seniors in their homes?

Which road will we choose?

Oregon should pass Measure 30 because:

> Oregon businesses, local communities and schools need the assurance that a balanced budget brings in order to provide jobs and jump-start Oregon's economy.

> Oregonians' prosperity and future success depends on a secure budget plan to ensure our state's future and make sure Oregon stays, "Our Oregon" - the place we are proud to call home!

> Oregonians simply cannot mortgage our children's future and our families' future on the flawed "borrow and spend" policies of those opposed to Measure 30.

Balanced, Responsible and Fair:
That's the Measure 30 Approach

Vote YES:

Those who "make less, pay less." Measure 30 is balanced; those who are lower income pay a lower amount. For an average family it means about $24-$36 a year more in taxes.

 
Vote YES: Profitable large corporations who currently pay only $10 per year in taxes will see their minimum tax raised to a responsible amount and unnecessary corporate tax loopholes will finally come to an end.
 
Vote YES: Smokers will continue to help pay their fair portion of tobacco-related healthcare costs by maintaining the 10-cent cigarette tax enacted in 1993.

Please Join Us,

The American Association of
University Women of Oregon,

in Voting YES on Measure 30

Don't Forget--Mail your ballot by Friday, January 30 or hand-
deliver it to a ballot drop box before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
February 3.

(This information furnished by Margene Rideout, President, The American Association of University Women of Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

Vote YES to preserve public safety and justice.

Ballot Measure 30 will provide Oregon's public safety and justice system with enough funding to process criminal and civil cases in a timely manner. If Measure 30 fails, the courts and public safety will suffer.

  • Remember the revolving door at the courthouse for burglars, car thieves, identify theft operators, shoplifters and consumer fraud perpetrators? The revolving door will be back if Measure 30 fails.
  • Small claims, probate, non-violent misdemeanors and similar matters will not be handled in timely fashion--or possibly not at all.
  • Courts will probably be closed on Fridays.

Don't tie the hands of the police, DAs and judges. Don't make victims of many crimes suffer with no reasonable protection.

Please, VOTE YES for public safety.

Please, VOTE YES for a working justice system.

William G. Carter, Medford
President, Oregon State Bar

Past Presidents, Oregon State Bar:
Charlie Williamson, Portland
Angel Lopez, Portland
Edwin A. Harnden, Portland
Lawrence B. Rew, Pendleton
Mark Johnson, Portland
Kevin Strever, Newport
Jeff Carter, Salem
Dennis C. Karnopp, Bend
Judy D. Henry, Salem

(This information furnished by Charles R. Williamson.)

Argument in Favor

Vote YES to Help Oregon's Community Colleges
Make Students' Dreams of Higher Education a Reality

It's no secret that Oregon has been through a grueling two years of recession. Our community colleges are working hard to help Oregon families through job losses by retraining workers and by offering hope for a better life to thousands of students across the state.

Oregon's 17 community colleges are doing all this with drastically reduced budgets.

If voters reject the Legislature's bipartisan, balanced-budget plan, another $7-10 million will be cut from Oregon's community colleges. This comes on the heels of a 6 percent cut made last year. In order to cope, community colleges will have to raise tuition again. Tuition is already 30% higher than it was only five years ago. A community college degree costs about $21,000 - if it goes higher, many students will see their hopes of obtaining a college education dashed.

Measure 30 is worth the investment in Oregon's future. It will provide necessary, temporary funding to keep vital services afloat until the economy recovers. Without it, students will face fewer courses, higher costs, increasing competition for financial aid, and more delays on the path to graduation and jobs - if they can still afford to attend school at all.

Help community colleges keep our doors open and our education programs strong. Support the balanced budget plan in Measure 30 so that all Oregonians may develop the skills they need for the jobs of our changing economy.

Vote YES on Measure 30.

Pamela S. Shields, Chair, Mt. Hood Community College Business Dept. and President, Oregon Education Association Community College UniServ Council

Debbi Covert, President, American Federation of Teachers-Oregon

(This information furnished by Kris Kain, President, Oregon Education Association.)

Argument in Favor

Yes for Seniors
Yes on Ballot Measure 30

As seniors, advocates and long-term care providers
we support the bipartisan, balanced budget plan
enacted by the legislature.

Seniors, their families and caregivers have struggled as services have been reduced over the last two years.

Older Oregonians have worked hard all of their lives and greatly contributed to making our state and communities the places we all call home. They deserve to have Oregon keep its promises to them.

In the next thirty years, Oregon will undergo an unprecedented "aging" of our population. The number of Oregonians 65 years of age and older is expected to more than double by 2030--making up 20% of the population.

NOW IS THE TIME to be building and sustaining our system of care
for older Oregonians -- there is simply no other choice.

  • A Yes Vote: Assists seniors and the disabled stay independent and healthy; in their own homes with their care givers through the provision of community-based services
  • A Yes Vote: Helps keep 85,000 people -- including many seniors -- on the Oregon Health Plan, which provides healthcare funding for those who cannot afford it. If they go without, health insurance premiums will increase for all of us.
  • A Yes Vote: Saves prescription drug coverage for thousands of seniors who can't otherwise afford their life-saving medicine.
  • A Yes Vote: Secures funding for assisted living and residential care facilities, providing services for seniors needing help with daily-living activities
  • A Yes Vote: Prevents more cuts to programs like Oregon Project Independence, which help seniors remain self-sufficient, healthy and home-based.

Please Join Us in Voting YES on Measure 30:

Save Oregon Seniors Coalition

(This information furnished by Jim Davis, Ed.D., Save Oregon Seniors.)

Argument in Favor

Help Oregonians Quit Smoking & Prevent Kids from Starting
Vote YES on Measure 30

Stabilize the Quit Line

  • In 1997, Oregonians voted to raise cigarette taxes to fund the Tobacco Quit Line as part of the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program.
  • The Quit Line helps thousands of Oregonians quit tobacco each year. Quitting smoking lowers the risk, and cost, of heart attacks, cancer, premature birth, asthma, and countless other diseases.
  • Last spring, budget cuts unplugged the Quit Line. The bi-partisan balanced budget restored this cost-effective tool.
  • Measure 30 will ensure that Oregonians who want to quit smoking can get help.

Contain Costs for Businesses and Taxpayers

  • Tobacco use costs Oregonians $1.5 billion per year in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
  • Every $1 Oregon spends on tobacco prevention saves taxpayers $33.
  • Measure 30 will ensure stability for tobacco prevention, reducing tobacco-related disease and their healthcare costs. This will save money for taxpayers and businesses, who foot the bill for preventable tobacco-related illness.

Maintain Oregon's Cigarette Tax & Prevent Youth from Smoking

  • Measure 30 renews a 10-cent cigarette surtax that has been in effect since 1993. If the measure fails, the tax will end and Oregon would be the first state in a decade to lower its cigarette tax.
  • A high cigarette price has been shown to be one of the best ways to keep youth from smoking. Lowering Oregon's cigarette tax will make it cheaper for youth to get cigarettes.

The following members of the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Oregon urge you to invest in Oregon's health by voting
YES for Measure 30:

Providence Health System
Dr. Peter Kohler, Chair, Make It Your Business Advisory Committee
Lynn-Marie Crider, Oregon AFL-CIO
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of Oregon
Benton County Tobacco-Free Coalition
Marion County Tobacco Prevention Coalition
Tobacco-Free Alliance of Deschutes County
Tobacco-Free Coalition of Clatsop County
Tri-County Tobacco-Free Coalition
Yamhill County Tobacco Prevention Coalition

(This information furnished by Don Austin, M.D., Chair, Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon.)

Argument in Favor

NOTHING IN OREGON HAS GREATER IMPACT ON OUR ECONOMY THAN PUBLIC EDUCATION.

Public education is Oregon's economic engine

  • In this era of high unemployment, we must attract business and create jobs. Supporting Oregon's education system is a good strategy for economic development.
  • Businesses large and small choose to move to states with a strong and stable education system - business owners and mangers have their own children to educate.
  • Skilled workers are fundamental to any business' decision to locate in a state.
  • Oregon competes with 49 other states when we try to attract new businesses and industries or keep the ones we have. Massive cuts in education put us at a disadvantage.
  • In most of Oregon, public education is the largest single employer in the community. If education is cut the impact is felt all along Main Street.
  • Investment in education yields economic growth for Oregon. A "YES" vote on this measure will give our children that chance.

Public education creates opportunity for all Oregonians

  • A YES VOTE FOR MEASURE 30 will give Oregon school children and their families the certainty needed to assure a full school year.
  • A YES VOTE FOR MEASURE 30 guarantees students the opportunity to finish classes in reading, math, science and social studies in manageable class sizes with teachers they know.
  • A YES VOTE FOR MEASURE 30 means Oregon's children will continue their preparation to become skilled leaders in any profession or trade they choose and that a job will be available in Oregon.

Stability for our schools means prosperity for all Oregonians
Please Vote "YES"

Jim Knapp
President, Oregon Elementary School Principals Association

Jim Jamieson
President, Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators

Steve Swisher
President, Oregon Association of School Executives (Superintendents)

Mickey Odin
President, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

Carolyn Ortman
President, Oregon School Boards Association

(This information furnished by Chuck Bennett, Director of Government Relations, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators; Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators, Oregon Elementary School Principals Association, Oregon Association of School Executives, Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators.)

Argument in Favor

Please join us in voting YES on Measure 30.

Measure 30 brings stability and certainty to our economy and
to the vital public services that all Oregonians value.

That's why we join together in support of Measure 30...
For Our Oregon.

AARP
AAUW
Advocacy Coalition for Seniors and People With Disabilities
AFSCME Council 75
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Association of Oregon
Alzheimer's Association of Oregon
American Cancer Society
American Federation of Teachers-Oregon
American Heart Association
American Jewish Committee, Oregon Chapter
Basic Rights Oregon
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Children First for Oregon
Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Education
Coalition of Community Health Clinics
Common Cause Oregon
Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho State
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Elders in Action Commission
Family Action Coalition Team
FamilyCare, Inc.
Health Care Safety Net Coalition
Help Out Public Education (HOPE)
Islamic Society of Greater Portland
The League of Women Voters of Oregon
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Oregon
The Mental Health Matters Campaign
Multnomah County Democratic Party
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Oregon
National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter
Oregon Action
Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans
Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services
Oregon Association for Retired Citizens
Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities
Oregon Association of Retired & Senior Volunteer Programs
Oregon Consumer League
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Food Bank
Oregonians for Health Security
Oregon Health Action Campaign
Oregon Primary Care Association
Oregon PTA
Oregon Rehabilitation Association
Oregon School Employees Association
Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
Outside In
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Paloma Clothing
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
Portland Chapter of the Older Women's League
Portland Gray Panthers
Rural Organizing Project
Save Oregon Seniors
SEIU Local 503, OPEU
Stand for Children
Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon
United Seniors of Oregon
United Way of Columbia-Willamette Agency Association
Women's Rights Coalition

(This information furnished by Morgan Allen, Yes on 30 for Our Oregon.)

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