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Measure No. 28

Argument in Opposition

A report commissioned by Alternatives to Growth Oregon documents government spending to subsidize growth in Oregon at over a billion dollars annually (www.AGOregon.org). Government is no longer able to provide adequate services because growth does not pay for itself. Growth demands far more government services than it pays in increased government revenue.

Excellent education, police and fire protection and other essential government services are suffering because of growth.

Taxes should not have to be increased in order to pay for basic government services. Oregonians won't be assured an adequate level of essential services--until government makes growth pay for itself.

If developers paid their own way, tax increases--such as this one--would be unnecessary to have the superior schools, safe and stable neighborhoods, and quality of life Oregonians need and deserve.

Either taxes must go up or government services must go down until elected officials quit diverting over a billion dollars annually of your taxes from your government services toward subsidizing development.

After voting no, contact your elected officials and tell them that you want your taxes going toward providing your government services rather than toward subsidizing growth.
(Please note AGO's argument for.)

(This information furnished by Sarah Sameh, Alternatives to Growth Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

No on Measure 28

Quoting from the American Legislative Exchange Council's Crisis in State Spending ... "If history is any guide, states that try to respond to slow revenue growth and budget deficits with tax hikes will not gain tax revenues; they will lose businesses, jobs and families"

The Census Bureau ranks Oregon as the 8th biggest spending state in the nation, as percent of the people's personal income.

Oregon doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.

Anyone who has been reading the newspapers knows of the continuing stream of articles about state government's misspending and waste of millions of taxpayers' dollars. This bad news is the real story, backed up by official state audit reports.

State government has made unbelievably expensive messes out of the Oregon Health Plan, the Oregon State Lottery. the Department of Education and worst of all the Public Employees Retirement System which is estimated to having more than a $9.2 billion dollar deficit!

Instead of giving us any meaningful and obvious fiscal reform, the legislature and the governor have decided to suck more money out of the Oregon economy. It's the equivalent of trying to save drowning taxpayers by pouring more water on them.

Our economy needs to be revived, not looted.

You can defend the Oregon economy and Oregon jobs
by voting NO on Measure 28

Information furnished by Jason D. Williams
Taxpayer Association of Oregon
www.oregonwatchdog.com (503) 603-9009

(This information furnished by Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

When someone wastes a lot of your money and then has the nerve to ask for more...what should you say?

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Lawmakers lose our trust when they threaten to:

- let criminals go free
- close down our children's schools
- decrease police patrols
if we do not pass the tax increase.

Instead:

They should threaten to REFORM PERS IF WE DO NOT PASS THE TAX INCREASE!

They should threaten to STOP THE EXTRAVAGANT PARTIES AT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IF WE DO NOT PASS THE TAX INCREASE!

They should threaten to STOP USING TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR ABORTION IF WE DO NOT PASS THE TAX INCREASE!

They should threaten to REMOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM THE OREGON HEALTH PLAN IF WE DO NOT PASS THE TAX INCREASE!

THEY SHOULD THREATEN TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS IF WE DO NOT PASS THE TAX INCREASE!!

Until the Oregon legislature takes steps to root out waste and inefficiency from the budget, Oregon citizens should be firm in withholding more funds.

The Constitution Party of Oregon
Life, Liberty, Limited Government
www.constitutionpartyoregon.org

(This information furnished by Bob Ekström, Constitution Party of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

    Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy strongly opposes ballot measure 28, the " 'temporary' income tax increase." There is no question that the Oregon state budget is currently in dismal shape with estimates for the next biennium's budget deficit approaching $1.5 billion. But to blame the budget crisis on insufficiently high income tax rates is to misunderstand the problems facing Oregon's economy, including its hostile business environment and bloated public sector.

    By many statistical measures, including the unemployment rate, the Oregon economy ranks dead last in the nation. Instead of raising taxes to penalize further Oregon consumers, businesses and their employees, the state should enact pro-growth policies to expand the tax base and increase revenues. To increase personal income taxes on Oregon families at a time when real incomes have stagnated and job insecurity is on the rise is to encourage an exodus of the state's most talented entrepreneurs and employees and create an economic death spiral as tax rates are continually raised to compensate for disappearing jobs.

    Increasing corporate income taxes would also speed Oregon's economic disintegration. As finished good prices fall, corporate profits have tumbled to historic lows and bankruptcies have increased. Raising the corporate income tax at this time of increased sensitivity to taxes would push businesses ­ and the jobs they provide ­ to neighboring states with far more attractive tax environments.

    Finally, ballot measure 28 must be defeated because it fails to address the problems central to Oregon's economic crisis: chronic mismanagement of the public sector. Over the past decade, the Oregon budget has increased by an astounding 114 percent. Systemic problems with the Oregon Health Plan and Public Employees Retirement System will cause the Oregon budget to more than double in the coming decade if serious reforms are not undertaken. Ballot measure 28 would allow state government to avoid making the difficult decisions, imperil Oregon's economy, and bring about a future budget crisis far worse than the one we confront today.

(This information furnished by Russ Walker, Oregon Director, Citizens For A Sound Economy.)

Argument in Opposition

LEGISLATORS URGE A "NO" VOTE TO INCREASING INCOME TAXES.

The Oregon economy needs help! Oregonians have the highest unemployment in America and already pay high income tax. Oregonians need responsible state government, not more taxes. State government should not ask for more taxes until Oregonians are back to work and waste and low priority programs are eliminated.

During 2002, we worked for five special sessions to protect essential government services: public education, public safety, and human resource programs for Oregon's seniors and most needy. Unfortunately, this tax measure was passed instead of prioritizing spending. Increasing taxes maintains non-essential government spending and stops true reform. Furthermore, this measure could keep Oregon in the recession even longer.

Your "NO" vote for this unnecessary tax increase will not turn prisoners loose, will not increase the size of our classrooms or force our senior citizens to choose between rent or food. Such scare tactics are not true. What is true is Oregonians have prioritized their personal spending during this recession and state government needs to do the same.

The following members of your Oregon Legislative Assembly are committed to changing the way government spends your money. Your "NO" vote tells state government to evaluate spending priorities and to get Oregon's economy back on track.

LEGISLATORS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Rep. Betsy Close (Albany)

Rep. Dan Doyle (Salem)

Rep. Bill Garrard (Klamath Falls)

Rep. Wayne Krieger (Gold Beach)

Rep. Jeff Kropf (Sublimity)

Rep. Jeff Kruse (Sutherlin)

Rep. Cliff Zauner (Woodburn)

Sen. Jason A. Atkinson (Jacksonville)

Sen. Roger Beyer (Molalla)

Sen. Bev Clarno (Bend)

Sen. Ted Ferrioli (John Day)

Sen. Bill Fisher (Roseburg)

Sen. Gary George (Newberg)

Sen. Steve Harper (Klamath Falls)

Sen. Charles Starr (Hillsboro)

(This information furnished by Dan Doyle, Friends of Dan Doyle.)

Argument in Opposition

KRUSE-DOYLE PLAN, NOT NEW TAXES

Last year, the Legislature had a choice of (A) raising income taxes by 5% to preserve an 8% government growth in a recession or ...(B) reduce the spending to unessential government programs. The Kruse-Doyle plan proved that lawmakers can balance the budget without new taxes.

Briefly, "Kruse-Doyle" made the following proposals:

  • Take back from state agencies the funding for approximately 3,500 budgeted positions that have not yet been filled.
  • Move the PERS system to accurate mortality tables.
  • Put a moratorium on state mandates to education including CIM and CAM.
  • Get the state out of the liquor business.
  • Require the Governor to renegotiate the contracts with the public employees unions to either delay pay increases or increase employee contributions to their benefit package.
  • Eliminate programs that are new in this biennium.
  • Sell a significant portion of the state motor pool.
We know there are other places in state government where we could save you money. For example, Kevin Mannix suggested possible savings in the Oregon Health Plan when he was campaigning for Governor.

Now is the time for true government reform. By voting "NO" on this tax increase, your state's legislators will be able to continue to review and revise spending priorities while preserving education and the essential services of state government.

As the authors of the "Kruse-Doyle Plan" we encourage your "NO" vote on this tax increase measure.

Representative Jeff Kruse (Sutherlin)
Representative Dan Doyle (Salem)

(This information furnished by Dan Doyle, Friends of Dan Doyle.)

Argument in Opposition

When a recession hits, and your family's income falls, do you increase your spending and go further into debt? No. Responsible families reduce spending first.

Shouldn't government do the same?

Since April of 2001, the Libertarian Party warned that the level of state spending is unsustainable and out of control. We toured the state warning that the legislature was steering us straight toward a budget crisis. We hoped we would be wrong, but we weren't.

We also offered solutions. The Libertarian Party and its candidates offered hundreds of specific budget ideas that would control state spending, protect schools and provide a tax cut. Some of our proposals would reduce state spending by $1.7 billion, closing the budget gap twice over. The savings would come back to you in a tax cut.

What would you do with your share of a tax cut? Would you rather pay off some credit card bills, help a child through college or support a bloated state agency?

Partly due to our lobbying efforts, the legislature decided to let you vote on whether or not to support big government by raising your taxes. We urge you to vote "NO" on Measure 28.

A "NO" vote will force the legislature to finally make the tough choices required to get a handle on runaway state spending. Voting "NO" will keep more money in your pocket, helping you and your family get through the current recession. A "NO" vote will force the legislature to take another look at many of our ideas, and those of others, which would save money.

Only the Libertarian Party consistently works to let you keep the money you earn and keep government out of your personal life.

Government does not have to grow forever larger and more intrusive. We urge you to vote NO on Measure 28, and to join the Libertarian Party in demanding fiscal responsibility from our lawmakers and state agencies.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY
1-800-829-1992
www.lporegon.org

(This information furnished by Richard P. Burke, Executive Director, Libertarian Party of Oregon.)

Argument in Opposition

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

"Every expansion or increase in the size or purpose of government places an additional strain on the limited resources of its citizens. Excessive taxation adversely affects the State's economy, the cost of doing business, the ability to create jobs, and increases the cost to consumers...We support the reduction of all taxes to a level needed only to maintain minimum government that can protect life, liberty, and property."
Oregon Republican Party Platform, amended July 2002

(This information furnished by Perry Atkinson, Chairman, Oregon Republican Party.)

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