Alliance for Democracy

Help needed for Measures 66/67

Posted in Meaures 66 and 67, Oregon Farm Bureau by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on December 12, 2009

Will Measures 66/67 cause severe and unrepairable damage to Oregon’s farm?

Following notice is from our friends at the Yes on Measures 66/67.  These measures will increase taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals/couples. 

Also, if you can help with phone banking, please call the campaign office and check out the schedule. (503.234.0444 in Portland)

Remember these simple facts about tax payments in Oregon

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    • These taxes revenues will go into the state general fund.  Over 90% of that fund goes to education, healthcare, and public safety.
    • 2/3rds of corporations doing business in Oregon pay just $10 a year in income taxes.  And that tax has been $10 since 1931.
    • Almost 90% of businesses will pay just $150.00, the new minimum.
    • Last year the average family of four paid $3,100 in taxes. That’s more than 300 corporations combined!
    • If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you won’t pay a single penny more.

You might have seen the opinion piece in the Oregonian on Friday titled, Measures 66 and 67: Don’t add to the risk Oregon farmers face written by Barry Bushue, president of the Oregon Farm Bureau. According to Barry, “Measures 66 and 67 will cause severe and permanent damage to Oregon’s agricultural sector.” 

But the facts tell a different story.  The truth is that 85% of Oregon’s farms are sole proprietorships.  Currently sole proprietorships do not pay the corporate minimum income tax. And under these two measures, they will still not pay a corporate minimum income tax.  Further, because most of the rest of the farms are not C corporations, their tax will increase from the current $10 to $150.  Is that going to cause severe and permanent damage.  I think not.


David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter www.afd-pdx.org


We Need Your Help To Reach Voters

Ballots will begin arriving in less than a month, but most voters still don’t know there’s an important election in January that will decide the fate of Oregon’s schools and critical services.

We need your help spreading the word about voting YES on Measures 66 and 67

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The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher

The news over the last two weeks has made it crystal clear that Measures 66 and 67 will have a direct impact on the lives of every Oregonian.

Last week, the Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office detailed specifically what critical services would likely have to be cut without the funding that Measures 66 and 67 provide. Here are just some of the news reports about what is at stake for Oregon’s students, seniors, and families:

Report outlines deep cuts if Oregon tax measures fail

“Among the projected cuts: more than 15,000 seniors with disabilities would lose Oregon Health Plan coverage; 3,000 families with two unemployed parents would lose monthly payments; and the Department of Corrections would close three prisons and release 1,600 inmates.”

Associated Press, December 1

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Report-outlines-deep-cuts-if-Ore-tax-measures-fail-78223297.html

Lawmakers release spending-cut options

 “Potential spending cuts, which lawmakers released late Monday, could reduce aid to public schools and universities, result in less help for families and seniors, close three Salem-area prisons and trigger layoffs of state troopers and court workers.”

Salem Statesman Journal, December 1

http://statesmanjournal.com/article/20091201/LEGISLATURE/912010316/Lawmakers-release-spending-cut-options

Agencies  outline effects of cuts

“[S]pending cuts would likely mean less support for [university] courses and the elimination of faculty and staff positions. Given that the universities are experiencing the largest student enrollment levels in state history, such cuts could delay graduation for students, many of whom may drop out because of the higher cost of remaining enrolled while waiting to take required courses.”

Eugene Register Guard, December 1

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/23926913-41/story.csp

State considers more budget cuts

“Further cuts to Oregon’s already decimated budget could lead to severe cutbacks at Oregon Health & Science University, slash $47 million worth of community college programs and cause counties to lose $24 million in general fund revenue annually.”

Portland Business Journal, December 1

http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/11/30/daily11.html

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