Measure 75

  • Argument in Opposition

    Oregon Restaurants and Hotels Urge a NO Vote on Measure 75.

    Currently, off-reservation casinos are illegal in Oregon. Two private investors hope for special treatment by changing Oregon’s constitution allowing only them to build an offreservation casino, essentially a “two person constitutional monopoly.”

    Measure 75 will hurt hundreds of small businesses. Allowing a casino in the Portland area will draw customers away from local businesses and will drain discretionary spending from all retail business sectors in the metro area.

    Oregon voters have already decided on how to distribute gaming revenue in the state, and the proposed casino will go against that decision. Currently, the state gets 78% of the gaming revenue (more than 65% of which goes to schools and services). The proposed casino will give only 25% of its revenue to the state. As a comparison, a state funded casino in Rhode Island gives over 60% of its revenue to the state.

    Measure 75 will bring casinos and their accompanying social climate closer to cities and neighborhoods. It will set a precedent and increase pressure on tribal casinos to try and locate closer to the Metro area.

    Our concern is not just about decreased lottery dollars to the state.For small retail business, the consequences will be a drain on consumer spending and an increase on social impacts due to the size and urban location of the casino. The loss in revenue to the state is just one of the many reasons to oppose this “two person constitutional monopoly.”

    Vote NO on Measure 75 to stop the constitutional monopoly!

    Vote NO on Measure 75 to protect small businesses and local neighborhoods!

    (This information furnished by Bill Perry, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association.)

    Argument in Opposition

    Local and State Leaders Urge a NO Vote on Measure 75

    There are so many ways in which Measure 75 is a bad idea; it’s hard to know where to start. Here are just a few of the reasons we urge you to vote NO:

    Measure 75 means....

    1. A whole new state bureaucracy to administer private gambling in Oregon.
    2. Creating a private casino monopoly, and handing it over to corporate executives with little accountability except to their foreign investors and their own bottom line.
    3. Setting a dangerous precedent – opening the floodgates to more corporations buying casinos in Oregon.
    4. Breaking Oregon’s promise to Native American tribes. When the Tribes were first granted the right to build casinos, they voluntarily agreed to build one per tribe and to give back to the community. They’ve kept up their end of the bargain – donating almost $100 million to local charities all across Oregon.
    5. More crime, more drug and alcohol abuse and more traffic problems at a time when police and sheriff’s deputies are already overburdened and understaffed.
    6. Endangering families that live near the proposed private casino. This controversial casino has been discussed and rejected over the years. Since then, a subdivision of family homes has been built directly across the street. It’s not fair to those families to put their children at risk with the increased crime and traffic.


    Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
    Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury

    (This information furnished by Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner.)

    Argument in Opposition

    Teachers say “NO” to Measure 75:

    It’s bad for our communities, harmful to kids,
    and wrong for our future.


    With budgets for all of our basic services already stretched thin, police and sheriff’s deputies are already overburdened and understaffed. Yet if these measures pass, law enforcement near the proposed private casino will have to deal with more crime, more alcohol and drug abuse and more traffic problems as a result.

    Plus, if we allow the development of private casino gaming in Oregon, that means we’ll need to create a whole new state bureaucracy to administer it.We simply can’t afford these measures.


    As teachers, we taught our kids more than just the ABC’s – we helped reinforce the values being taught at home, like keeping our word. Yetmeasure 75 would break Oregon’s promise to our states Indian Tribes– going back on an agreement to which the Tribes have been faithful. That’s the wrong message to send our children.

    This controversial casino has been discussed and rejected over the years. Since then, a subdivision of middle class homes has been built directly across the street. It’s not fair to those families to put their children at risk with the increased crime and traffic.


    A private casino gambling monopoly would only benefit a few wealthy corporate executives and foreign investors, but we all would pay the price.

    Measure 75 sets a dangerous precedent – leaving the door wide open to any corporation that wants to buy and build more casinos in Oregon.


    Robert E. Akers,
    Retired Teacher

    Virginia Leffall-Husak,
    Retired Teacher

    (This information furnished by Paige Richardson, No on 75 - It’s a Bad Idea.)

    Argument in Opposition

    Local Neighbors of the Proposed Private Casino

    Urge a NO Vote on Measure 75

    A Bad Idea for Our Community

    Even though this measure is on the ballot statewide, some of us will be directly hurt by the building of a new, private casino where we live. That’s why, as neighbors of the proposed casino, we ask our fellow Oregonians to reject this bad idea.

    As is true in many towns and cities across Oregon, police and sheriff’s deputies in our community are already overburdened and understaffed. This measure will put a further strain on those who are already working with too few resources to keep us safe.

    This measure might make a lot of money for the Lake Oswego executives and foreign investors who are backing it, but for our neighborhood it means:

    • Increased crime, further taxing Multnomah County law enforcement;
    • More traffic congestion;
    • Alcohol and drug abuse problems – including increased drunk driving on our roads.

    And, make no mistake – this measure sets a dangerous precedent.

    Supporters of creating this private gambling monopoly in Oregon CLAIM they will only build one casino. But if we allow this to happen, there will nothing to stop them – or another big corporation – from buying another casino in Oregon. And that one just might be in your neighborhood, near your home or your children’s school.

    Please, for the sake of our community…and yours…vote NO on Measure 75.

    It’s simply a bad idea.

    Betty J. Lightfoot
    Henry Lightfoot
    Janice L. Akers
    Kenneth R. Husak, retired from Multnomah Sheriff’s Department

    (This information furnished by Paige Richardson, No on 75 - It’s a Bad Idea.)

    Argument in Opposition

    Spirit Mountain Community Fund Gives Back to Oregon Because We Care

    We Urge Oregonians to Vote “NO” on Measure 75

    Keep Oregon’s Promise to Indian Tribes

    In the last 10 years alone, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund has given back to Oregon. We’ve made donations of over $50 million to charities all across the state, because we care about the place we call home.

    The contributions we have volunteered have funded important things thatprotect our state’s unique quality of life, and make it a better place to live and to work, including:

    • Afterschool programs that supplement classroom learning and keep kids in safe environments.

    • Beach clean ups, conservation easements and other environmental projects that improve fish and animal habitat while improving our natural environment for generations to come.

    • Community health clinics that ensure children and families have thebasic health care they need.

    Spirit Mountain Community Fund takes great pride in giving back to Oregon, and we have a proven record of doing just that. Unfortunately, we don’t believe the same can be said for the big corporate backers of Measure 75, who offer little more than vague promises of Vegas-style gambling.

    Just as we have honored our promise to Oregon, we are hopeful that the state will continue to honor its promise to the Indian Tribes – a community partner with a history of putting Oregon First.

    Protect the Promise.
    Vote “no” on Measure 75.

    Shelley Hanson, Director
    Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

    (This information furnished by Shelley Hanson, Spirit Mountain Community Fund.)

    Argument in Opposition


    A Bad Idea for Oregon

    A Bad Deal for All of Us

    Our state’s Indian casinos are pro-Oregon.

    When Oregon’s Indian tribes were first given the right to build casinos on our land, we voluntarily entered into agreements with the state in which we would give back to Oregon – the equivalent of the state’s corporate income tax.

    Oregon Tribes have honored our promise.

    Over 75% of purchases for services and supplies at Indian casinos come from Oregon businesses. We buy locally because we care about our state.

    What are the odds that foreign-owned investment companies
    will show the same loyalty to local Oregon businesses?
    Not good.

    In the last ten years alone, Oregon’s Indian tribes have given almost $100 million directly to local charities across the state, doing our part to make Oregon a better place to live and work.

    Passing this measure means breaking our agreement.
    It’s just not right.

    This measure sets a dangerous precedent. While Oregon tribes have kept our promise to the State and to Oregonians, passing Measure 75 will open the floodgates to privatized gambling in Oregon.

    Privatized gambling in Oregon would mean
    a whole new state bureaucracy to oversee it.
    Is that really what Oregon needs right now?

    Measure 75 is a bad idea for all Oregonians. Vote NO on Measure 75.

    Justin Martin, Association Manager, Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance

    (This information furnished by Justin Martin, Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance.)

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