Senate Joint Resolution 4—Referred to the Electorate of Oregon by the 2007 Legislative Assembly to be voted on at the Special Election, November 6, 2007.
AMENDS CONSTITUTION: DEDICATES FUNDS TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN, FUND TOBACCO PREVENTION, THROUGH INCREASED TOBACCO TAX.
RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote dedicates funds to provide health care for children, low-income adults and medically underserved Oregonians, and fund tobacco prevention programs, through increased tobacco tax.
RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote rejects proposal to dedicate funding for children's health care, other health care programs, and tobacco prevention programs; maintains tobacco tax at current level.
SUMMARY: This measure increases the tobacco tax and dedicates the new revenue to providing health care for children, low-income adults and other medically underserved Oregonians, and to funding tobacco prevention and education programs. The measure increases the tax on cigarettes by 84.5 cents per pack, and increases the tax on other tobacco products. The measure will fund the Healthy Kids Program created by the 2007 legislature to provide affordable health care for uninsured children. The measure will fund tobacco prevention programs, safety net clinics, rural health care and health care for Oregon's lowest income families and individuals through the Oregon Health Plan. If the measure does not pass, these health care programs will not be expanded, and the Healthy Kids Program will not become law.
ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: This measure increases state revenue by an estimated $152.7 million for the 2007-2009 budget period. Revenue is estimated to increase $233.2 million in the following two-year period. These estimates account for a projected decline in the sale of tobacco products because of higher prices. These estimates would be reduced if further restrictions on smoking become law. The additional state revenue generated by this measure would be available to allocate to programs that provide health care for children, low-income adults and other medically vulnerable Oregonians, and to tobacco prevention programs.