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Measure 41

Argument in Opposition

Measure 41 will boomerang
and hurt us one way or another

The Oregon Consumer League Urges a NO Vote on Measure 41

The biggest problem with Oregon's budget is the influence of special interests and lobbyists. Measure 41 does nothing to change that and could make the problem even worse. As special interests compete for special deals, the services that Oregonians count on the most will get the short shrift.

Measure 41 is going to cost us. More than 90% of the Oregon state general fund covers education, health care, and public safety. If Measure 41 passes, it will mean deep and immediate cuts to these services. There is no other place for the money to come from.

Measure 41 is retroactive. This measure will affect the current budget cycle. Schools and other public services will have to scramble to cut from budget that they are already counting on.

Measure 41 is a boomerang. Oregon is just starting to get back on track after years of recession. We cannot go backwards. The only way to maintain basic services would be to increase fees for things like schoolbooks or chemistry class.

Measure 41 doesn't solve anything
Measure 41 will end up costing us more
Measure 41 will mean deep cuts to education, public safety and health care
Vote NO on Measure 41

Oregon Consumer League

(This information furnished by Jason Reynolds, Oregon Consumer League.)


Argument in Opposition

AARP Oregon urges a "NO" vote on Measure 41

Some things are just too good to be true. AARP Oregon believes Measure 41 is part of the same empty promises we've heard before, and urges voters to check "NO" on their ballots in November.

Measure 41 will create far more problems that it solves.

Most seniors will receive no benefit from Measure 41 – 98% of all low-income seniors will get no relief from the Measure.

Instead, they may lose prescription drug coverage and access to valuable programs like Oregon Project Independence that keep seniors in their homes.

Measure 41 is retroactive and cuts $151 million in revenue from this budget year. And from there, the impact just grows and grows…it will reduce state revenues by $400 million a year.

That's money that will have to come from critical services that not only seniors, but all Oregonians and their families and communities rely on: public safety, health care, transportation infrastructure and education. These kinds of cuts only lead to future costs that become tougher and harder to address down the road.

Oregon's economy is just now recovering - let's not turn the clock back to a time when seniors were denied access to life-saving medications, and school doors closed early.

Wise Ben Franklin, even as an ardent tax activist, perhaps best explained the impact of Measure 41: "a penny wise, but pound foolish."

Let's make sure Oregon seniors have the care they deserve.
Vote "NO" on Measure 41.

(This information furnished by Jerry Cohen, State Director and Ray Miao, State President; AARP Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41

  • Won't do what it promises,
  • Will mean we'll all end up paying more in the end,
  • Will cut education, health care and public safety,
  • Petition circulators were caught on camera buying and selling signatures on the street

Sound familiar?

Measure 41 is more of the same old false promises and fraud from Bill Sizemore. He wrote this measure and just like in years past, the signature gatherers openly violated the law and are under investigation by the Oregon Secretary of State.

And just like we've done before, Oregon voters will say NO to Bill Sizemore and his manipulations of Oregon's initiative system. Vote NO on Measure 41.

Get the facts
Get the truth
Defend Oregon

www.DefendOregon.Org.

(This information furnished by Phil Donovan, Campaign Manager, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Teachers Oppose Ballot Measure 41

Don't let Bill Sizemore do any more damage to Oregon's schools

Measure 41, written by Bill Sizemore, will hurt Oregon's schools. At the very time when we need to invest in our kids and the future of the state, Sizemore's measure will force deep and painful cuts to our public schools.

Measure 41 is another false promise from Bill Sizemore. It cuts funding for schools and other public services – costing taxpayers more in the long run and doing nothing to increase accountability.

As educators, we strive for accountability every day – in our work and from our students. Measure 41 would move us in the wrong direction and cripple our ability to help prepare Oregon's kids for college and the workforce.

Ballot Measure 41 is retroactive and would cut revenue by $151 million this year. Next year the situation for Oregon's schools will be even worse.

Measure 41 reduces the 2007-2009 budget by almost $800 million. This means that students around the state will not have the materials, the class sizes and instruction days they need to be successful in their education.

Oregon's kids have had enough of Bill Sizemore.

Our schools can't afford the deep cuts that would come as a result of Measure 41. As our economy continues to improve, we need to continue to invest in our children for the future of Oregon.

Please Vote No on Ballot Measure 41

Caryn Connolly, Coquille High School Social Studies Teacher
Dennis Storey, Second Grade Teacher, Kelly Creek Elementary School, Gresham
Rebecca Levison, Sixth Grade Teacher, Clarendon Elementary, Portland
David Wilkinson, English Teacher, Westview High School, Beaverton
Steve Anderson, Hermiston High School English Teacher
Cheryl Lashley, Third Grade Teacher, Howard Elementary School, Medford

(This information furnished by Larry Wolf, President, Oregon Education Association.)


Argument in Opposition

Children and Public Education Need Your Support
Prevent Harmful Cuts to Schools

Oregon Education Association
Urges You to Vote NO on Measure 41

Ballot Measure 41 will have an immediate, retroactive effect. Measure 41 will cut state revenue by $151 million, which may mean that local schools and other important services will lose money they've already budgeted. And it doesn't stop there.

If passed, Measure 41 would cut more than $337 million in K-12 funding from the 2007-09 budget.

What will this mean for your local school? Measure 41 will mean local school districts will have to make hard choices:

  • Salem Schools could lose $23.06 million – increasing class size by 3
  • Bend-La Pine Schools could lose $8.48 million – equal to 50 teachers
  • Roseburg Schools could lose $3.916 million – equal to 8 days or 24 teachers
  • Corvallis Schools could lose $4.1 million – equal to 11 days or 27 to 36 teachers
  • Coos Bay Schools could lose $2.26 million – equal to 13 days
  • Springfield Schools could lose $6.85 million – equal to 9 days or 41 teachers
  • Three Rivers Schools could lose $3.46 million – equal to 8 days or 20 teachers
  • Beaverton Schools could lose $21.22 million – equal to 9 days or 138 teachers
  • Klamath County Schools could lose $4.13 million – equal to 10 days or 43 teachers
  • North Clackamas Schools could lose $9.82 million – equal to 11 days or 60 teachers
  • Lake Oswego Schools could lose $3.85 million – equal to 11 days or 23 teachers
  • Medford Schools could lose $7.67 million – equal to 7 days or 43 teachers
  • Pendleton Schools could lose $1.97 million – equal to 10 days or 15 teachers
  • Portland Public Schools could lose $29.02 million – equal to 160 teachers

Keep Schools Open for a Full School Year and Help Us Work to Lower Class Sizes

Please join 45,000 teachers and education professionals in voting
"No" on Ballot Measure 41

(This information furnished by Larry Wolf, President, Oregon Education Association.)


Argument in Opposition

The Oregon PTA urges a NO vote on Measure 41

Because our kids deserve better than false promises

The Oregon PTA has members in every corner of Oregon and we have been on the front lines fighting to protect our public schools. That's why we oppose Measure 41.

Measure 41 will take us backwards.
We cannot return to the days of shutting schools down early or crowding too many kids together in a classroom due to lack of funding. Oregon's schools cannot absorb any more sweeping cuts.

Measure 41 is retroactive, confusing, and has unintended consequences.
If Measure 41 passes, revenue will be reduced by $157 million. Oregon's school districts may have to scramble to meet the new cuts.

90% of Oregon's state budget goes to education, health care and public safety. Measure 41 will hit these services the hardest and force deep cuts to Oregon's public schools.

Measure 41 will boomerang. Families will have to make up the difference in higher fees.
Parents and teachers know that schools cannot absorb cuts and maintain quality education. This means we will be paying more fees for basic education programs. Families will have to pay higher fees for athletics, art and music classes and college prep.

Our kids deserve better than Measure 41.

Oregon PTA says please vote NO on Measure 41.

For more details on Measure 41 impacts to K-12 education:

www.DefendOregon.Org

Anita Olsen,
Oregon PTA, President-elect
Portland, Oregon

Michael Thirkill,
Oregon PTA member
Talent, Oregon

Diana Oberbarnscheidt,
Oregon PTA, Past president
Bend, Oregon

(This information furnished by Anita Olsen, President-elect, Oregon PTA.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Fire Fighters Urge a No on Ballot Measure 41

The security of our communities depends on fire fighters, local police, parole officers, sheriffs and state police working to protect Oregonians. In order to curb crime and punish offenders, we need adequate funding for all facets of our integrated public safety system.

Ballot Measure 41 would damage public safety.

Measure 41 would eliminate almost $800 million from the state budget. This would force the state to reduce the number of state troopers patrolling our highways – resulting in an increase of trafficking of meth up and down I-5. It would also cut funding for emergency responders and other critical local public safety efforts.

Ballot Measure 41 also is retroactive and may force immediate and deep cuts in public safety this year. The measure would retroactively reduce revenue in 2005-07 by $151 million.

Over 90% of the state budget goes to fund education, health care and public safety. Measure 41 cuts funding for vital programs without doing anything to increase accountability. There is nothing in the measure that forces the legislature to set budget priorities.

Ballot Measure 41 may force prisons to close, which could mean more convicted felons on our streets. Making a bad situation worse, Measure 41 would significantly reduce funds for parole and probation officials - making it harder to supervise sex offenders and meth dealers.

We need to keep criminals in jail and state troopers on the road. Ballot Measure 41 would harm our ability to keep communities across Oregon safe.

Ballot Measure 41....
Unsafe by Any Measure

Join Your Local Fire Fighters
in Voting No on Ballot Measure 41

Kelly Bach, President
Oregon State Fire Fighters Council

(This information furnished by Kelly Bach, President, Oregon State Fire Fighters Council.)


Argument in Opposition

There are already too few troopers protecting Oregon
Measure 41 will cut even more

"This is how understaffed the Oregon State Police are: No troopers were on duty when early-morning crashes occurred Tuesday on Interstate 5 between Brooks and Woodburn…With enough troopers on patrol, maybe those drivers would have been stopped beforehand." Salem Statesman-Journal, July 21, 2006.

Because of severe budget cuts, the Oregon State Police has fewer troopers per capita than any other state.

Measure 41 will mean fewer troopers, less patrols, and more problems on Oregon's highways and interstates. More than 90% of the budget for Oregon's General Fund goes to education, health care, and public safety. This is the portion that funds the Oregon State Police.

Measure 41 is retroactive. Measure 41 would cut revenue immediately, which may force even more cuts to the Oregon State Police budget. We are already operating on a shoestring. We cannot afford to put Oregon's safety at risk.

Measure 41 will makes things worse, not better in Oregon. We need better communications systems. We need more tools to block meth from tearing apart our communities and endangering our kids. We need enough troopers to catch drunk drivers before they hurt people. Measure 41 will make it impossible to do our jobs and keep Oregon safe.

The Oregon State Police Officers' Association
says vote NO on Measure 41.

For more information on the Measure 41 impact to
public safety in Oregon
go to

www.DefendOregon.Org

Jeff Leighty,
President Oregon State Police Officers' Association

(This information furnished by Jeff Leighty, President, Oregon State Police Officers' Association.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41 will make our
local communities less safe

Sheriffs from around Oregon
urge you to vote NO on Measure 41

Across Oregon, local communities are struggling with the impacts of the meth epidemic, skyrocketing identity theft and other crimes. Oregon sheriffs are on the front lines. Now is not the time to be making deep cuts to public safety programs.

Oregon sheriffs and local law enforcement need all the help they can get. But Measure 41 will cut public safety programs and make it harder to protect our local communities.

We cannot go backwards. Measure 41 would force Oregon back into recession budgets. Everyone remembers several years ago when budgets were so tight that local courts were open only 4 days a week and the Oregon State Police lost troopers.

Prisoners belong in jail, not back on the streets before they have served their time. Jail overcrowding is forcing too many counties in Oregon to put convicted criminals back on the street before they've served their debt to society. That creates a revolving door of repeat offenders who never have to pay for their crimes and increases the crime rate in our local communities.

Cutting services is not the solution. Measure 41 doesn't make any sense. Instead of dealing with the real problems in this state, it just forces deep cuts to the services we all count on. Cutting public safety budgets will not make things better.

We are on the front lines in your communities. We take our jobs - protecting your families, your businesses and your homes - seriously. But the deep cuts from Measure 41 will force deep reductions in Oregon's public safety programs.

Please vote NO on Measure 41. We can't take the risk.

For more information on Measure 41
go to
www.DefendOregon.Org

Chris Brown
Douglas County Sheriff

Dennis Dotson
Lincoln County Sheriff

John Trumbo
Umatilla County Sheriff

Rick Eiesland
Wasco County Sheriff

(This information furnished by Becca Uherbelau, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon's University Presidents
ask you to join them in voting
NO on Measure 41

Oregon's universities have served the state well by creating family wage jobs and economic growth in every county of the state. Most importantly, Oregon's universities create unimagined possibilities for our graduates who go on to participate productively in every economic sector – from high tech to agriculture. Today Oregon's universities are producing more college graduates at a lower cost than over the past 25 years.

Measure 41 will put the brakes on the contributions our universities make to our economy, hurting us all.

  • If Measure 41 passes, the State General Fund will lose $792 million from the 2007-2009 budget. Based on prior budget allocations, higher education and community colleges would lose more than $77 million.

Measure 41 will set Oregon back. Measure 41 will take away the promise of a future where all Oregonians can improve their livelihoods and support their families. Under Measure 41, family-wage jobs will be out of reach for many Oregonians because they couldn't get into a public university and get the education they need.

For Oregon to compete in the global marketplace, we need an educated workforce.

Please join us in voting NO on Measure 41

Daniel O. Bernstine*
President, Portland State University

Edward J. Ray*
President, Oregon State University

Dave Frohnmayer*
President, University of Oregon

Martha Anne Dow*
President, Oregon Institute of Technology

Dr. Khosrow Fatemi*
President, Eastern Oregon University

John Minahan*
President, Western Oregon University

Elisabeth Zinser*
President, Southern Oregon University

*Titles used for identification purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of or opposition to the measure by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education or Institutions of the Oregon University System

(This information furnished by Lisa Zavala.)


Argument in Opposition

The League of Women Voters of Oregon urges you to vote "No" on Measure 41.

This measure may seem reasonable, but in reality Measure 41 creates a black hole of cuts to Oregon's education, health care and public safety for the foreseeable future. Continuing to decrease funding for these essential state programs does not improve either Oregonians' quality of life or government accountability.

Economically, Oregon is just coming out of the devastating effects of the 2001-03 recession. The current General Fund budget does not restore funding in many cases where cuts were made to public education at all levels, to healthcare for seniors, the disabled, and families, and to essential public safety services. Ninety percent of the General Fund supports these programs, and the immediate cuts resulting from passage of Measure 41 would jolt the fragile economic status of the state.

Measure 41 is simply poor public policy. It promotes a future of mediocre or worse support for citizens while empowering special interests. Oregon should be a leader in the encouragement and development of educational opportunities and social programs with positive outcomes, not part of a movement to demonstrate the future effects of reducing vital government services.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon opposes Measure 41. The League is a non-partisan political organization, which conducts research and studies issues, adopting positions based on member agreement. We believe in representative government that provides its citizens with adequate education, healthcare, and public safety services. Measure 41 puts such programs in jeopardy.

Please join the Oregon League of Women Voters in voting "No" on Measure 41.

Margaret Noel
President,
League of Women Voters of Oregon

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


Argument in Opposition

Governor Kulongoski Urges a No Vote on Measure 41:
We Can't Afford Another Reduction
in State Resources for Schools, Human Services and Public Safety

We have worked too hard over the last four years to get Oregonians back to work and to begin reinvesting in our schools, health care and public safety to allow Measure 41 to reverse our progress.

Four years ago, we learned how difficult it is to dismantle a state budget, when 90% of that budget goes to schools, public safety, senior services and health care. We had to make painful cuts to those essential services, when our economy tightened and state revenues tumbled. But our economy recovered, and we are moving forward again.

Now Measure 41 is threatening to set us back by imposing an immediate reduction in state revenues for the current budget period and ongoing reductions in the years ahead.

Even as our economy is recovering, Measure 41 will force us to choose between larger classes or shorter school years. Health care for children will compete with state police on our highways and prison space for convicted felons. Project Independence and in-home care for seniors will be at odds with the Oregon Health Plan for low-income working families.

Measure 41 is not the answer to the problems with our tax system. It is the wrong solution at the wrong time.

Oregonians deserve services that provide opportunity for our children, security for our families and a healthy business climate for our economy.

Don't let Measure 41 close the door on that better Oregon.

Please join me in voting No on Measure 41.

Ted Kulongoski
Governor

(This information furnished by Governor Ted Kulongoski.)


Argument in Opposition

Does this sound like a good recipe for an Oregon ballot measure?

  • Fund an initiative petition signature drive with virtually all out-of-state money.


  • Front the petition with an Oregon face of a national group dedicated to foisting its ultraconservative fiscal point-of-view on the rest of the country — a group that changes its name periodically in an effort to find the right "spin."


  • Behind the scenes, reach out to a beleaguered veteran Oregon petition writer who is still in court appealing a jury verdict and a judge's finding of racketeering in past election cycles.


  • Mix well, throw on the ballot and hope to hoodwink people.

That's the recipe for Ballot Measure 41. Measure 41 is on the ballot because out-of-state interests propped up Russ Walker, the Oregon face of FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks used to be known as Citizens For A Sound Economy, but hey, FreedomWorks sounds much better if you're from Washington, D.C. and trying to horn in on Oregon's politics. But Mr. Walker didn't feel comfortable writing Measure 41, so he asked Bill Sizemore to do it for him. Yes, somehow Mr. Sizemore found time between court dates (see above) to author Measure 41 for Mr. Walker.

Measure 41 has many flaws. The biggest: it's retroactive. Designed to impact the 2007-2009 biennium, Measure 41 is written so it would force the state to cut $151 million from the current budget — money already budgeted and, in the case of schools, frequently already spent.

Measure 41 would also bring about serious consequences to public safety. We — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) — urge you to read our statement on Measure 48 regarding public safety. Measure 41 would pull an additional $123 million from public safety from the General Fund — on top of the money lost through Measure 48 should it pass.

Don't eat the Russ Walker/Bill Sizemore brownies.

Vote NO! on Ballot Measure 41.

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


Argument in Opposition

The Oregon Library Association
Urges a "No" Vote on Ballot Measure 41

Oregonians love their libraries. With the second highest circulation in the nation, and the eighth in visits to public libraries, our libraries are well used. But Measure 41 puts that all at risk.

Measure 41 will close library doors.

Measure 41 is retroactive. It will cut $151 million in revenue this year and another $800 million from next year's budget. Community libraries would feel the pinch as local governments grapple with dramatic reductions in state funding as a result of Measure 41. In order to back fill state cuts to vital health care and public safety programs, local governments across the state would reduce library budgets – resulting in closing library branches, reducing hours, and cutting programs that help kids learn to read.

Low income and senior Oregonians will lose library services.

Almost half of low income Oregonians will receive no benefit from Measure 41. And almost 6 in 10 seniors will see no tax relief if Measure 41 passed. These are the very people we see come through our library doors every day to access technology, take classes and check out books for their children and grandchildren. Seniors and low income families will get nothing and lose access to their neighborhood library.

Oregon's children can't afford Ballot Measure 41's false promises.

Already the number of school librarians in Oregon has been cut nearly in half in the past twenty years. Measure 41 would force deep cuts to public schools which could eliminate the remaining school based libraries, increase class sizes and close school doors early.

Oregon's libraries, seniors and kids can't afford Ballot Measure 41.

Please Join the Oregon Library Association in
Voting "No" on Ballot Measure 41

(This information furnished by Janet Webster, The Oregon Library Association.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Businesses Urge you to

Vote NO on Measure 41

We can do better in Oregon than Measure 41. Somewhere in our state is a young person who could build the next Intel or start a family business that will last for generations. He or she could turn new technologies into a global corporation, or launch a company developing products no one has even conceived of yet.

But Oregon's young people cannot thrive in a state that does not provide good schools, necessary infrastructure, safe communities and basic services. Measure 41 will cut these basic services.

Measure 41 is retroactive. It will cut $151 million from current revenue, which could reduce education, health care and public safety budgets that have already been written.

Measure 41 forces extreme cuts that will hurt our state's educational system from the kindergarten classroom through the highest reaches of our universities. Measure 41 imposes $792 million worth of cuts in the state's 2007-2009 budget. That's money from public schools, which means larger classrooms, fewer teachers, reduced programs and possibly higher tuition at state universities.

Measure 41 will mean more people will lose insurance coverage. This means health care costs for businesses will increase. The state will be forced to cut health care funding dramatically, meaning there will be fewer people covered under the Oregon Health Plan. Not only is this the wrong thing to do to our most vulnerable citizens, the costs for covering the newly uninsured will be shifted to businesses and consumers. Every time an uninsured person has to go to the emergency room for care, we all end up paying for it.

Measure 41 will cut public safety programs. Our communities will become less safe and Oregon's methamphetamine epidemic, which has led to skyrocketing cases of identity theft, will continue to grow.

Let's not go backwards

Vote NO on Measure 41

Deschutes Medical Products
Bend

Blackledge Furniture
Corvallis

Intel Corporation
Hillsboro

Medford Fabrication
Medford

Hewlett-Packard Company
Corvallis

(This information furnished by Jill Eiland, Intel Corporation.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41…

      will send Oregon backwards…

            just as we are starting to move forwards

  • Retroactive
  • Will mean immediate cuts to education, health care and public safety
  • Vital programs will be hurt the most
  • Got to ballot using fraud and was written by Bill Sizemore

Measure 41 is a poorly written and retroactive measure
Measure 41 will immediately cut $151 million out of budgets that schools and other vital services are already counting on.

More than 90% of the Oregon General Fund budget goes to education, health care and public safety. These are the things Measure 41 will cut.

Oregon is coming out of a recession – now is not the time to move backwards.
Our schools are just now beginning to be breathe easier with the state's economic recovery—more resources are entering our classrooms. But Measure 41 will force us to go back to the days of increasing class sizes, cutting teachers, and shortening the school year.

Measure 41 got to the ballot using fraud and was written by Bill Sizemore.
Circulators for Measure 41 are under investigation for both violating Oregon's ban on payment per signature and for other election laws. Not only that, Measure 41 was written by Bill Sizemore. In the past, his measures have been so poorly drafted that they have been sent back to the drawing board before getting sent out again to the voters.

Measure 41 is another false promise that will cost us more in the end
Measure 41 will have a boomerang effect-one way or another, working people will end up paying for cut services. Whether it's for more fees or for higher out-of pocket costs, we are going to have to pay.

Oregon's Union Movement urges you to vote NO on Measure 41

Tom Chamberlain
President
Oregon AFL-CIO

Barbara Byrd
Secretary-Treasurer
Oregon AFL-CIO

(This information furnished by Tom Chamberlain, President, Oregon AFL-CIO.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41 Threatens Vital Health Care Programs

Join the Oregon Nurses Association in Voting "NO" on Measure 41

  • Measure 41 will have a "boomerang effect" on health care costs

Measure 41 is another false promise. It promises to provide tax relief but will end up costing Oregonians more.

There are already over 600,000 uninsured Oregonians – 113,000 who are children. This measure will force deep cuts in the number of these people who can use the Oregon Health Plan. When people can't pay for health care they visit the emergency room, then hospitals pass those costs on to you as higher prices.

Measure 41 passes the cost on to you.

  • Measure 41 is retroactive and threatens programs Oregonians depend on

Because Measure 41 is retroactive, funding for health care, children's programs and senior services could lose money they have already budgeted. We cannot jeopardize the health of our most vulnerable citizens.

  • Measure 41 takes us back to the days when seniors were denied life-saving medicines and thousands of Oregonians were cut from the Oregon Health Plan

Oregon's economy is finally improving and nurses and other health care professionals can get back to the business of taking care of sick and injured Oregonians instead of worrying about budget cuts and how to care for patients who don't have insurance and can't afford their medicines.

Measure 41 is much more complicated than it seems and has unintended consequences that will impact every Oregon family.

Oregon's Nurses Ask You To Reject the Unintended Consequences
Vote "NO" on Measure 41

Bruce Humphreys, RN Bend
President of the Oregon Nurses Association

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


Argument in Opposition

As school board members serving the diverse communities of Oregon, we have seen the painful results of state budget cuts. Whether you go to school in Pendleton or Portland, Oregon's kids can't afford more cuts.

Measure 41 is retroactive. It cuts $151 million this year and almost $800 million from the 2007-2009 budget.

Oregon's economy is just now recovering and we are seeing increased investments in our classrooms.

But Measure 41 moves Oregon in the wrong direction. It would take us back to a time when Oregon schools had some of the shortest school years in the nation and students sat in overcrowded classrooms.

If Measure 41 passed, what would your school look like next year?

  • Portland Schools would lose $29.02 million – equal to 160 teachers
  • Bend-La Pine would lose $8.48 million – equal to 50 teachers
  • Corvallis would lose $4.1 million – equal to 11 days or 27-36 teachers
  • Beaverton would lose $21.22 million – equal to 9 days or 138 teachers
  • North Clackamas would lose $9.82 million – equal to 11 days or 60 teachers
  • Medford would lose $7.67 million – equal to 7 days or 43 teachers
  • Pendleton would lose $1.97 million – equal to 10 days or 15 teachers

Measure 41 won't solve Oregon's problems. 90% of the state budget goes to fund education, health care and public safety. Cutting services to kids and seniors isn't the way to force government to become more accountable.

Oregon Kids Need Your Support
Join Us in Voting No on Measure 41

Bill Smith, School Board Member
Bend La-Pine Public Schools

Scott Reynolds, School Board Chair
Bend La-Pine Public Schools

Karen Cunningham, Member
Beaverton School Board

Elizabeth Scheeler, School Board Member
Pendleton Public Schools

Bobbie Regan, School Board Member
Portland Public Schools

David Wynde, School Board Member
Portland Public Schools

Craig Smith, School Board Member
Eugene Public Schools

Beth Gerot, School Board Member
Eugene Public Schools

Amy Amrhein, School Board Member
Ashland Public Schools

(This information furnished by Morgan Allen, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Senator Ron Wyden Urges a No Vote on Ballot Measure 41

Measure 41 is a false promise to Oregon's Seniors and other citizens

Measure 41 is another false promise from those who would take advantage of Oregon's seniors. Under Measure 41, Oregon could be forced to make deep and immediate cuts to services that seniors count on such as Oregon Project Independence, which keeps seniors living independently in their homes.

Measure 41 will boomerang against Oregon seniors. While proponents make promises, the truth is that almost six in ten Oregon seniors would not get any tax cut, but they will end up paying more in fees for basic services.

Measure 41 is more complicated than it seems. The true impact of this measure won't be seen until after it goes into effect. With over 90% of the state budget going to fund education and other vital public services, Ballot Measure 41 would harm schools and other important services Oregonians care most about.

Read the fine print - Measure 41 is retroactive. According to the fiscal impact statement printed in this Voters' Pamphlet, Measure 41 will cut $151 million from current revenues. In the next budget, the cuts are even more severe: $792 million from the state general fund. That's money from schools, health care and public safety.

Nearly half of low-income Oregonians will get the short end of the stick. Measure 41 is simply unfair. Nearly half of low-income Oregonians will see no tax benefit if it passes.

Measure 41 is unfair, complicated and has unintended consequences. It hurts seniors and low-income Oregonians.

Please join me in voting NO on Measure 41.

Ron Wyden
United States Senator

(This information furnished by Becca Uherbelau, Communications Director, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Protect Oregon's Seniors
Vote "No" on Measure 41

As dedicated groups working with seniors around the state, we have seen first-hand the importance of state services like Oregon Project Independence, which helps frail seniors remain in their own homes and out of institutions.

Ballot Measure 41 hurts seniors

Measure 41 is retroactive and will cut $151 million immediately this year. Next budget cycle, we'll see an $800 million cut.

In order to fill the holes in the budget, programs like Oregon Project Independence may be eliminated, which would force seniors into nursing homes.

Measure 41 could also:

  • eliminate long-term care for about 1,700 seniors and people with physical disabilities,
  • including about 300 people in nursing homes and 700 in in-home care.

Ballot Measure 41 is more complicated than it seems

Most seniors will receive no benefit from Measure 41. Almost 98% of all low-income seniors will get no relief.

Measure 41 will end up costing seniors more. Seniors will lose prescription drug coverage and low-income Oregonians will be pushed off the Oregon Health Plan.

Ballot Measure 41 is a false promise that will not solve Oregon's problems

Measure 41 does nothing to make government more accountable. If Oregonians are angry with how our government is run, we should not punish low income families, school children and seniors on a fixed income.

Join Oregon's Leading Senior Groups in
Voting "NO" on Ballot Measure 41

Learn more about how Measure 41 effects seniors: www.defendoregon.org

Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans
Gray Panthers
Save Oregon Seniors Coalition (SOS)
United Seniors of Oregon
Advocacy Coalition of Seniors and People with Disabilities
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens

(This information furnished by Jim Davis, Oregon State Council For Retired Citizens.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Kids Need Your Support

Vote No on Ballot Measure 41

Oregon students around the state deserve access to a quality education. They deserve small class sizes, up-to-date textbooks and full school years.

Ballot Measure 41 won't give kids what they deserve.

Measure 41 is retroactive and would cut $151 million from this year's budget. Oregon schools and local governments could lose money they've already budgeted for.

And it just gets worse. Oregon schools, health care and public safety would lose an additional $800 million in the 2007-2009 budget cycle. This would have a devastating effect on the future of our state.

Oregon's economy is just now recovering and we need more investments in education and other vital services – not less.

Measure 41 would move Oregon in the wrong direction. We don't want to go back to a time when seniors were denied access to life-saving medication and school doors were closing early.

Continuing to cut vital services will not force government to be more accountable. Measure 41 reduces funding without setting priorities for lawmakers. If Oregonians are angry with how our government is run, we should not punish low income families, students and seniors on a fixed income.

Measure 41 will have a boomerang effect. When services are cut, working families will pay more in increased fees and hidden costs. Don't be fooled by Measure 41's empty promises – Oregonians will pay one way or another.

Please join the 11,000 members of the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon in
Voting No on Ballot Measure 41

For More Information visit: www.defendoregon.org

Mark Schwebke, President
American Federation of Teachers - Oregon

(This information furnished by Mark Schwebke, President, American Federation of Teachers-Oregon (AFT Oregon).)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41 is Another False Promise That
Threatens the Vital Public Services We All Count On

Every election cycle we face a slew of ballot measures that promise to fix all of our problems with a few simple slogans. Measure 41 is another one of those false promises that doesn't solve Oregon's real problems.

Measure 41 is a Retroactive Shell Game from Bill Sizemore

Measure 41 cuts funding to vital public services and costs taxpayers more in the long run.

We'll say it again-Measure 41 is retroactive. If this measure passes public services like schools and health care programs will lose money they've already budgeted for. To the tune of $151 million dollars.

Measure 41 Will Cut Almost $800 million dollars from the next budget cycle

Public education, health care, senior services, children's programs and public safety are our most vital public services. That's why over 90% of the state's budget goes to pay for them. They are crucial for the health of our communities. But if Measure 41 passes, we may see:

  • K-12 Education--$337,392,000 CUT
  • Health, Seniors and Children's Services--$170,280,000 CUT
  • Public Safety--$123,552,000 CUT
  • Higher Education and Community Colleges--$77,616,000 CUT
  • Other Vital Services--$83,160,000 CUT

Measure 41 will have a "Boomerang Effect" on Working Families

Working families will feel the pinch in the form of increased fees and other hidden costs.

We Urge A 'NO' Vote on Measure 41

There are over 40,000 SEIU members in Oregon - frontline workers – who help deliver the vital public services we all count on every day. We've looked closely at Measure 41 and we urge you to oppose this complicated and confusing ballot measure.

Linda Burgin, Secretary-Treasurer
SEIU Local 503, OPEU

(This information furnished by Linda Burgin, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU Local 503, OPEU.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Schools Can't Afford More Cuts
Vote "NO" on Ballot Measure 41

Again this year, all across Oregon our kids have come back to school unsure of what the future holds for them. They don't know whether they'll have a full school year. They don't know if they'll have the class sizes they need to get a quality education. They don't know if the educational programs they lost during the recession will ever come back.

There is uncertainty again this year in Oregon's schools because:

  • Measure 41 is RETROACTIVE and
  • Measure 41 may cut money that school districts around the state are already counting on for this school year.

Measure 41 may $151 million from the current school year.

And Then, It Just Gets Worse.

Measure 41 will cut almost $800 million in available revenue from the 2007-2009 state budget. 90% of the state budget goes to fund education, health care, senior services and public safety. Cutting services will not force government to be more accountable. If Measure 41 passes, it will be Oregon's children and seniors who will suffer.

Measure 41 is more complicated than it seems. It promises tax relief but will end up costing Oregon families more in increased fees and hidden costs. In schools around the state, families will be forced to pay more school fees to keep their children in academic programs, art classes, music and sports. School districts will again be forced to reduce academic and elective offerings and increase class sizes, all to fill the holes that will be created by Measure 41.

Kids and working families can't afford Measure 41. Ballot Measure 41 is another false promise that will harm education and other important services we need.

Join the 20,000 educational employees of the Oregon School Employees Association in keeping Oregon on the road to recovery.

Vote No on Ballot Measure 41

Merlene Martin, President, Oregon School Employees Association

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


Argument in Opposition

Keep Oregon Safe
Vote "No" on Ballot Measure 41

In order to keep our neighborhoods safe, Oregon needs a highly functioning and integrated public safety system – from the police who investigate crimes to the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.

Ballot Measure 41 threatens the safety of our communities.

Measure 41 would result in dangerous cuts to police, community corrections and our courts. Over 90% of the state budget goes to fund education, health care and public safety. If Measure 41 passes we will see a reduction in the number of state troopers on the job and our ability to prosecute criminals will be significantly threatened.

Ballot Measure 41 will make it hard to prosecute Identity theft and drug-related crimes.

Measure 41 is retroactive and cuts $151 million in revenue this year. Next year, we'll see a cut of almost $800 million. Budgets for the court system will see profound reductions. This will mean our ability to prosecute meth dealers and criminals who steal your identity will be weakened.

We don't want to go back to the days when courts were only open 4 days a week.

We're just starting to see our economy recover. Oregon has only recently been able to reinvest in schools and our public safety system. We need to add more troopers to the job, not fewer. We need increased supervision of sex offenders, not less. We need court doors open and the ability to prosecute more criminals.

Let's Not Go Back - Support Public Safety
Vote "No" on Ballot Measure 41

Tim Colahan
Harney County District Attorney

Mark Huddleston
Jackson County District Attorney

Eric J. Nisley
Wasco County District Attorney

Doug Harcleroad
Lane County District Attorney

(This information furnished by Becca Uherbelau, Communications Director, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Vote NO on Measure 41

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Opposes Ballot Measure 41

Despite the recent economic upturn, Oregon's churches and faith-based charities have yet to recover from the 2002-04 recession. Many struggle to keep their doors open for people in need We cannot afford another round of shortened school years, thousands of seniors and children losing their health insurance, reduced public safety and steep increases in college tuition.

Before voting, consider that every Oregonian benefits from state roads, public safety, public education, parks, health care and many other services. We believe you will agree that Measure 41 is unwise and will do nothing to help foster the sense of social responsibility our country desperately needs.

Measure 41 Takes Oregon in the Wrong Direction

  • Measure 41 is retroactive. How many people would be instantly affected by immediate cuts in services?
  • Measure 41 does not solve Oregon's budget problems. Sacrificing the needy and vulnerable populations is not the way to ensure government accountability.
  • Measure 41 has a 'boomerang effect' that will cost Oregon families. What will the social costs be for our future?

Measure 41 will require almost $800 million dollars in cuts during the next budget cycle. This will place a greater burden on churches and faith-based charities to care for society's most needy. We cannot replace $800 million worth of services alone without the partnership of the state and others.

Signed by the Executive Committee of EMO
Rev. Alcena Boozer, St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland
Rev. Kent Harrop, First Baptist Church, McMinnville
Rev. Dr. Dan E. H. Bryant, (Disciples of Christ) First Christian Church, Eugene
Rev. Stephen Schafroth, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, The Dalles
Rev. Mark Knutson, Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland
Trudy Bradley, (Disciples of Christ) First Christian Church, Portland

Join with faith leaders in voting NO on Ballot Measure 41.

For more information on EMO's positions on all ten ballot measures, go to www.emoregon.org

(This information furnished by Reverend Alcena Boozer, Board President, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41
is the wrong solution for Oregon Business

Vote NO on Measure 41

Cutting education, health care and public safety services
will not make government more accountable

More than 90% of the Oregon General Fund goes to education, health care and public safety. These are the services that Oregon's businesses count on the most and will be cut the deepest by Measure 41.

Measure 41 is retroactive. It goes into effect immediately, which means that it will cut $151 million from revenues already counted on for the 2005-2007 budget. It will cut almost $800 million from the 2007-2009 budget. Our schools cannot withstand cuts of that level.

Measure 41 will mean higher fees and fewer services…that means fewer businesses and fewer jobs. In order to maintain quality education in Oregon and invest in the future, we cannot cut our schools any further. We cannot go back to increased class sizes or shortened school years. We cannot attract new industries to Oregon if our schools and transportation systems cannot support them.

Measure 41 is not what it seems. It is impossible to implement Measure 41 without forcing deep cuts to the services that Oregonians care about most.

Oregon businesses can't afford Measure 41

Please join us in voting no on Measure 41

James C. Carter, Nike, Inc.
Executive Committee
Oregon Business Association

Lynn Lundquist
President
Oregon Business Association

Brian Gard, Gard & Gerber
Executive Committee
Oregon Business Association

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


Argument in Opposition

Oregon's Leading Health Care and Human Service Advocates Say
Vote NO on Measure 41

Measure 41 Takes Oregon In The Wrong Direction

We've made it through some of the toughest economic times in Oregon history. But it wasn't easy and our health care and human service programs are just starting to recover from massive cuts. Measure 41 takes us back to time when thousands of Oregonians were thrown off of the Oregon Health Plan, programs for seniors like Oregon Project Independence were threatened and Oregon's quality of life was on the decline.

Measure 41 Will Force cuts to Vital Public Services

90% of Oregon's budget goes to fund education, programs for children and seniors, health care and public safety. But Measure 41 will force almost $800 million dollars in cuts to the services we all count on:

  • Programs for health care, seniors and children face a cut of $170,000,000

Measure 41 Has a 'Boomerang Effect' on Health Care Costs

If Measure 41 passes, more uninsured Oregonians will be forced to seek care in emergency rooms, driving up costs for everyone. Worse, thousands of Oregon families will go without preventative check-ups and lifesaving medicines because they can't afford a visit to the doctor or the cost of their prescription drugs. And we'll all pay for the increased fees and hidden costs for uninsured health care.

Measure 41 Will Hurt Rural Clinics and Hospitals

Increases in the number of uninsured Oregonians put a real strain on our rural clinics and hospitals. We already have a nursing shortage in rural Oregon and Measure 41 will push many of the health care providers to the breaking point.

Join these Health Care and Human Service Advocates in Opposing Measure 41

American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of Oregon
National Association of Social Workers-Oregon
Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition
Oregon Rehabilitation Association
Oregonians For Health Security
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon

(This information furnished by Morgan Allen, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Stand for Children Urges a No Vote on Measure 41

Support Oregon School Children!

Stand for Children is an independent, statewide grassroots organization that brings together people from all walks of life – parents, grandparents, people who work with children, and others who care about the next generation – to make children and their schools a top priority.

Measure 41 does not make Oregon's children a priority.

Measure 41 limits our ability to educate our young people.
Every child in Oregon should have an equal opportunity to succeed. In order to achieve that goal, we need to strengthen our public schools – not cut funding, which will result in larger class sizes, less effective teachers, and fewer instructional days.

Measure 41 will cause immediate harm to schools.
This confusing and complicated change to the tax code would cut nearly $800 million from the 2007-09 budget. For school districts around the state, this is equal to:

  • Portland $29 million, which could fund 160 teaching positions
  • Salem-Keizer $23 million, the cost of 3 days of school
  • Beaverton $21 million, the cost of 9 days of school or 138 teachers
  • North Clackamas $9.8 million, the cost of 11 days or 60 teachers
  • Springfield $6.85 million, the cost of 9 days or 41 teachers
  • Coos Bay $2.26 million, which would fund 13 school days
  • Medford $7.67 million, the cost of 7 days or 43 teachers

Measure 41 punishes schools and kids.
By changing how Oregon's income taxes are calculated, Measure 41 results in deep cuts to education and other services Oregonians and their children need to thrive. Oregon schools are doing a good job: test scores are rising and schools are spending taxpayer dollars wisely. Oregon's youth will have to compete with students educated in states and countries that invest far more in education.

Let's make sure Oregon's students have what they need to succeed.

Join Stand for Children in Voting No on Measure 41

(This information furnished by Jonah Edelman, Executive Director, Stand For Children.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon's Community Colleges
help build better futures

for more than 350,000 Oregonians every year.

but

Measure 41 will mean:

Increased Tuition
Reduced Programs
Less Opportunity

Oregon's community colleges are the key to the future for over 350,000 Oregonians every year. But Measure 41 puts that at risk.

Measure 41 is retroactive. Oregon's 17 Community Colleges operate on tight budgets that are carefully planned. If Measure 41 passes, we will have to make immediate cuts to current programs, hurting the students who have already started this academic year.

Measure 41 has unintended consequences. Measure 41 will force deep and immediate cuts to the programs that are training Oregonians for the future. From retraining programs for outsourced workers to associate of arts degrees, Oregon's community colleges give all students the skills they need to compete in the global economy. These programs are at risk under Measure 41.

Measure 41 is a boomerang – it will make college more expensive and less accessible. Under Measure 41, students will be forced to pay higher tuitions, more fees and greater costs. Oregon's community colleges are working hard to ensure that everyone in our state has equal access to a college education and vital work training programs. Under Measure 41 we will have to cut programs that people are counting on or pass on the costs to students and their families.

Measure 41 is no solution.
Vote NO on Measure 41.

Chuck Clemans, Board Member
Clackamas Community College

David Bridgham, Board Member
Southwestern Oregon Community College

Dean Wendle, Board Member
Rogue Community College

Ernie Keller, Board Member, '05-'06 Board Chair
Columbia Gorge Community College

Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, Board Chair
Clatsop Community College

(This information furnished by Chuck Clemans, Board Member, Clackamas Community College.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41

would put the brakes on
Oregon's transportation system
and construction jobs

Oregon's Building Trades urge you to
Vote NO on Measure 41

  • Measure 41 will force deep cuts in the Oregon state general fund that we can't afford.It will cut nearly $800 million from the 2007-2009 budget.


  • Measure 41 is retroactive and will immediately affect revenues.


  • Measure 41 could mean increased fees – everything from toll roads to increased licensing fees could be implemented to make up the shortfalls. Oregon's working families can't afford to pay more for basic services or lose valuable construction jobs.


  • Measure 41 will send Oregon backwards just as we are moving forward.

Keep Oregon Moving

Vote NO on Measure 41

Bob Shiprack
Executive Secretary
Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council

(This information furnished by Bob Shiprack, Executive Secretary, Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.)


Argument in Opposition

No on Measure 41
to keep our communities safe

Measure 41 hits the part of the Oregon state budget that funds education, public safety and health care. Measure 41 will mean deep and immediate cuts to the state general fund. If Measure 41 passes, public safety programs are going to take a hit.

Measure 41 is retroactive. Measure 41 would cut revenue immediately, which may mean sudden cuts to state and local public safety budgets.

Measure 41 will mean fewer parole, probation and corrections officers. Parole and probation officers are responsible for supervising released prisoners, including sex offenders. Under Measure 41, budget cuts will increase the caseloads and mean released offenders won't get the supervision necessary to protect the public. And prisons will become more dangerous as the population grows and there are fewer employees to cover them.

Oregon's prison population is scheduled to grow more than 20% over the next 10 years. Measure 41 will put an even greater squeeze on the state budget as we scramble to keep up with the growing prison population. It means we'll either have to release prisoners or cut even more education, public safety and health care services.

Measure 41 will end up costing more in the end. Parolees who aren't supervised are more likely to end up re-offending. That means they'll end up back in prison, which costs us all more.

Vote NO on Measure 41

Lisa Settell, President
Federation of Oregon Parole and Probation Officers

Bryan Goodman, President
Association of Oregon Corrections Employees

(This information furnished by Lisa Settell, President, Federation of Oregon Parole and Probation Officers; Bryan Goodman, President, Association of Oregon Corrections Employees.)


Argument in Opposition

Vote NO on Measure 41

The Human Services Coalition of Oregon
Opposes Measure 41

The Human Services Coalition of Oregon represents hundreds of social service providers, hospitals, health associations and individuals who work on the frontlines for Oregon's elderly, neediest and medically fragile residents. Many of our members do this work in partnership with the state and the private sector on a shoe string budget. They do it because they are committed to helping people in need.

Cutting vital public services at what social cost?
Children, Seniors and Vulnerable Citizens Can't Afford this Shell Game.

90% of Oregon's state budget goes to fund education, health care, senior services and public safety. Cutting services to kids and seniors is not the way to make our government more accountable. If we want to change the way our government is run, we should not do it irresponsibility by hurting the most vulnerable.

Measure 41 would:

  • Cut $170 million dollars from health care programs, senior programs and childrens' services
  • Jeopardize long-term and nursing home care for 1470 seniors and people with disabilities
  • Place health care services for 22,000 Oregonians – including over 12,000 children – on the chopping block

Measure 41 is retroactive

If measure 41 passes, our schools and other services may lose $151 million dollars--money they've already budgeted for in the current budget cycle. It gets even worse in the next budget cycle-almost $800 million dollars in cuts to our schools, public safety programs, senior services and health care programs.

We all must depend on each other to care for Oregon.

Join HSCO in opposing Measure 41

Vote NO on 41

For More Information Log On To: www.DefendOregon.org

(This information furnished by Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Co-Chair, Human Services Coalition of Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 41:

  1. Won't solve the real problems in Oregon
  2. Benefits the wealthy
  3. Is retroactive
  4. Will force deep cuts to basic services
  5. Was written by Bill Sizemore.

Add it up:

Measure 41 is bad idea.

Measure 41 won't solve Oregon's real problems. Making draconian and untargeted cuts to schools, senior services, health care and public safety is not the solution. It will do nothing to hold government more accountable. The problem is the hold that special interests and lobbyists hold over the state legislature. Real change will happen when we pass strong ethics laws to loosen the hold of the pharmaceutical, payday loan and tobacco industry.

Measure 41 benefits those who need it the least. The richest 40% of Oregon taxpayers will get nearly two-thirds of the benefit of Measure 41. Meanwhile, most elderly Oregonians would see no change in their taxes.

While Measure 41 benefits the few, the rest of us will end up paying for it. Measure 41 will boomerang back to the rest of us in increased fees jut to keep basic services intact. Not only that, Measure 41 is retroactive to budgets that have already been passed.

Measure 41 will cut nearly $800 million in education, health care, senior, and public safety services. If we want to change Salem, cutting basic services and making things worse for our citizens is the wrong approach.

Do these people really have the best interests of Oregon at heart? After being found by a jury to have committed racketeering, and a slate of failed ballot measures, Bill Sizemore is limping back into Oregon politics. This time he's funded by a billionaire sugar daddy, Loren Parks from Nevada and the campaign is managed by FreedomWorks out of Washington, D.C. Sizemore has been unable to find anything other than token local support for his measure.

Vote NO on Measure 41

www.ouroregon.org

(This information furnished by Christy B. Mason, Deputy Director, Our Oregon.)


Argument in Opposition

An Urgent Message from Members of the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition

PLEASE VOTE NO ON MEASURE 41

The Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition is a partnership of organizations and individuals committed to eliminating physical, social and emotional barriers to learning.

Measure 41 is another one of those measures that sounds good on the surface, but it is much more complicated than it sounds. And the children of Oregon end up paying the bill!

  • Measure 41 Doesn't Solve the Real Problems Facing Our Kids


  • Instead of solving Oregon's problems it cuts funding for children's programs and schools without increasing accountability. Cutting services to kids isn't the way to force government to become more accountable.

  • Measure 41 is Retroactive

    If this measure passes, schools as well as health and safety programs for children may lose money they've already been budgeted.


  • Measure 41 is a Shell Game that Oregon's Kids Can't Afford


  • Don't be tricked by this measure. Oregon families will feel the pinch in increased costs and hidden fees as a result of this measure.

  • Measure 41 Will Have a "Boomerang Effect" on Oregon Families


  • This measure may sound good at first, but it's actually part of the same empty promises we always hear. One way or another, we'll still have to pay for the vital public services that our children and families depend on.

  • Measure 41 is a Huge Step Backward for Oregon's Kids


  • Oregon's economy is recovering and we are just now starting to turn our state around. Let's not go back to the days when schools had to close early and Oregon families were kicked off the Oregon Health Plan.

These members of the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition Urge a NO Vote on 41:

Children First for Oregon
CareOregon
Community Health Partnership
Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance
Upstream Public Health

For More Information Log On To: www.DefendOregon.org

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


Argument in Opposition

Oregon's Colleges and Universities Can't Afford Measure 41

Since 1990, Oregon has seen a dramatic disinvestment in higher education. Tuition and fees have skyrocketed and a college education has become less and less affordable.

Public higher education is at a critical juncture. Our faculty and staff professionals are working hard to provide a world-class education for Oregon's students. But our college campuses can't weather another round of deep budget cuts.

  • Measure 41 will make college more expensive for Oregon families

Under this measure, the higher education budget will be cut by over $77 million. And Oregon's students and families will feel the pinch in increased tuition, higher fees, and fewer programs.

  • Measure 41 moves Oregon backwards

Oregon's colleges and universities are the economic engine for growth and job creation. Measure 41 takes away opportunities for Oregonians to improve their livelihoods by learning new skills and continuing their education.

  • Measure 41 cuts other vital public services Oregonians count on

Measure 41 will cut almost $800 million from the next budget cycle. Health care programs, public safety and K-12 education budgets will face massive cuts, weakening our communities and ensuring more students will fall through the cracks.

We are supporters of public colleges and universities. We are proud to say that we graduated from Portland State University, and that PSU has been critical to our success. Now we want to ensure that the next generation of Oregon teachers, doctors and business people has the same opportunity for a quality, affordable education at an Oregon public university.

Members of the Portland State University Alumni Association ask you to vote "No" on Measure 41.

Gerry Scovil '58
Chair, PSU Advocates

Jory Miller Abrams '79
Dr. Dolores Leon '70
Kori Allen '84
Roberta McEniry '76
Roger Capps '60
Dennis L. West '63
Marshal Jevning '96
Sue A. West '69, '70
Joan C. Johnson '78
Angela Wykoff '72, '75, '80
Tony Leineweber '68 President, PSU Alumni Association
John L. Wykoff '65

(This information furnished by Gerald G. Scovil, PSU Alumni Association.)


Argument in Opposition

The Defend Oregon Coalition OPPOSES Measure 41!

Here are just some of the groups who OPPOSE Measure 41:

AARP Oregon
Advocacy Coalition Of Seniors and People with Disabilities
American Association of University Professors - PSU Chapter
American Lung Association of Oregon
American Cancer Society
American Federation of Teachers - Oregon
American Heart Association
Association of Oregon Corrections Employees
Association of Oregon Faculties
CareOregon
Children First For Oregon
Clackamas Community College Board
Clatsop Community College Board
Community Action Directors of Oregon
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
Democratic Party of Oregon
Federation of Oregon Parole and Probation Officers
Gray Panthers
League of Women Voters of Oregon
National Association Of Social Workers - Oregon
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon Alliance For Retired Americans
Oregon Business Association
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Head Start Association
Oregon PTA
Oregon Rehabilitation Association
Oregon School Employees Association
Oregon State Building Trades Council
Oregon State Council For Retired Citizens
Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
Oregon State Police Officers' Association
Oregonians For Health Security
Our Oregon
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon
Rural Organizing Project
Save Oregon Seniors Coalition (SOS)
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 503, OPEU
SEIU Oregon State Council
Stand For Children
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 555
United Seniors of Oregon

For more information:
www.DefendOregon.org

(This information furnished by Becca Uherbelau, Communications Director, Defend Oregon Coalition.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Business Leaders Oppose Measure 41

The Oregon Business Council is comprised of executives from some of Oregon's leading companies who work together in support of Oregon's economy and quality of life. The Council rarely takes positions on ballot measures. However, the Council opposes Measure 41 because it would be damaging to Oregon's economy and quality of life. Oregonians should join us in rejecting this measure.

Measure 41 will prevent key investments needed to help Oregon recover from the recession without solving the fundamental problems of our volatile tax system.

Measure 41 jeopardizes key investments designed to improve education and spur job growth.

These investments include:

  • Increased financial aid to allow more students to attend college,
  • Strategic investments in pre-kindergarten and early childhood education,
  • Funding to jump start Oregon's most promising new industries through the Oregon Innovation Council, and
  • A rainy-day fund to help Oregon weather economic storms.

Oregon's public services, like schools and health care for seniors, took a beating during the recession. We finally have the opportunity to get these services back on track. Measure 41 will destroy this opportunity.

Oregon needs comprehensive tax reform, not piecemeal changes.

Oregon needs tax overhaul, but Measure 41 is not the answer. A real solution must demonstrate that it will adequately provide for public services, spur investment and create jobs. Measure 41 fails to address these fundamental concerns.

Please join Oregon business leaders in voting "NO" on Measure 41.

www.orbusinesscouncil.org

(This information furnished by Duncan Wyse, President, Oregon Business Council.)


Argument in Opposition

As Community Nonprofits who provide homes and job supports for people with disabilities across Oregon:

We strongly oppose Measure 41 and Urge a NO Vote.

The people we support often need lifetime twenty-four hour care due to disabilities like Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. This care is provided by dedicated employees of community organizations like those represented below.

Almost all of the services provided through the Oregon Department of Human Services are delivered in our communities by similar nonprofit organizations. We are members of the Oregon Rehabilitation Association, a nonprofit that has represented such community members for forty years.

Measure 41 would kill any chance these poorly paid workers have for receiving even a small cost-of-living increase in the future or a modest salary increase. Even now nearly 6 of 10 leave these jobs in the first year. Measure 41 would make this high job turnover even worse, ultimately threatening the health and safety of the most vulnerable of our citizens.

Thank you for joining us in opposing this Measure.

Tim Kral, Oregon Rehabilitation Association
Adult Learning Systems of Oregon, Inc
Albertina Kerr Centers
Alternative Services Oregon, Inc.
Community Access Services
CORIL
Edwards Center, Inc.
Horizon Project, Inc.
Living Opportunities, Inc.
New Day Enterprises, Inc., PO Box 3296, La Grande, OR
97850, Zee Koza, Executive Director
Oregon Supported Living Program
RISE, Inc.
Riverside Training Centers, Inc.
Helen Honey, Financial Director, Shangri-La Corporation

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

 

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