2018 BALLOT MEASURES

Below are summaries of the upcoming November ballot measures. You will also find links that will provide information on where to vote, how to register to vote, absentee ballots and more.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has taken positions in support of Measures 102, 26-199 and in opposition to Measure 105. All other measure information is for information only.

Curious about where to go to vote? Planning to be out of the state during elections? Need to update your registration information? Here are a few links that should answer those questions and more:

https://www.vote.org/state/oregon/

https://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/pages/default.aspx

https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/pages/voteinor.aspx

Note: as a non-profit organization we do not take a position on individuals running for office. Our Health Center and Foundation boards only take public positions on measures that impact the ability of our patients and those we serve to be – and stay – healthy.

Measure 102 and Measure 26-199: Affordable Housing

The Virginia Garcia Health Center Board of Directors, as well as the Foundation Board of Directors have endorsed the Yes on Affordable Housing campaign.

Measure 102

Summary of Measure 102: HJR 201, passed in the 2018 session, changes the Oregon constitution and as such, is required to be referred to the ballot for a vote by Oregonians.

HJR 201 amends the constitution to allow an exemption to the lending of credit prohibition for affordable housing in local jurisdictions. Without this exemption, local jurisdictions are limited in how bonds can be used for affordable housing and are prohibited from working with private and non-profit housing developers. This means that the local government must own and control the housing built with the bonds and cannot use bond dollars to leverage other resources to build affordable housing. HJR 201 does ensure that local jurisdictions provide for public reporting and annual audits when using bond proceeds.

Measure 102 creates a more flexible means for local governments to build safe, affordable homes for people with low-incomes, including families, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

Measure 26-199 (Regional)

Summary of Measure 26-199: Voters in the Metro region (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties) will be asked to consider a regional bond to fund affordable housing. The bond will generate $652.8 M. over 20 years through an assessed 24 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value, which will cost the average homeowner $5/month or $60/year. This is estimated to fund 2,400 affordable homes, serving 7,500 people if only this bond passes; if the statewide constitutional amendment (Measure 102) is also passes, this enables the three counties to build or renovate up to 3,900 homes for 12,000 people.

An average worker in Portland, making $17.21/hour cannot afford an average 1-bedroom rental housing unit, which rents for $1,100 or more a month. Families earning less than 80% of the Median Family Income (MFI), approximately $65,120 for a family of four, would be eligible and those with the lowest incomes would be given priority (i.e. 30% MFI or $24,420 for a family of four; 1,600 of the 3,900 homes would serve this population if both measures pass).

Measure 103: No Taxes on Groceries

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has not taken a position on this measure.

Measure 103

Measure summary: This measure, with the ballot title, Yes! Keep our Groceries Tax Free!, prohibits state and local governments from enacting taxes on groceries. Currently, no law prevents local governments from establishing a tax on groceries; because there is no statewide sales tax in Oregon, groceries are not subject to a statewide sales tax. However, under current law, local governments could enact local taxes though there is no current proposal to do so.

This measure seeks to prevent the enactment of these types of taxes and retroactively prohibits taxes, fees or assessment on the sale of groceries adopted or enacted on or after October 1, 2017. Groceries is defined as “raw or processed food or beverages intended for human consumption,” excluding alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.

Resources:

  1. Oregon Secretary of State- submitted text of measure: http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2018/037text.pdf
  2. OPB- Big Retailers Spend $1.3 Million To Stop Grocery Taxes In Oregon: https://www.opb.org/news/article/grocery-tax-oregon-kroger-costco-albertsons/
  3. Pamplin Media – Ban on Food Taxes Would be a First: https://pamplinmedia.com/cr/24-news/399762-295021-ban-on-food-taxes-would-be-a-first

Measure 104 – Requires 3/4 Majority to Raise Revenue

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has not taken a position on this measure.

Measure 104

Summary of measure: The measure would amend Section 25 of Article IV of the Constitution by defining “raising revenue” as “any tax or fee increase, whether accomplished by the creation, imposition or increase of any tax or fee, or by the modification, elimination or change in eligibility for any exemption, credit, deduction or lower rate of taxation”. Current law requires each legislative chamber to have a supermajority (3/5) to raise taxes in Oregon; this measure would expand the application of this requirement to more than just taxes. If this measure passes, it would require a 3/5s legislative majority vote (already required) to raise taxes to pass any bill that would raise state revenue including tax exemptions, deductions and credits, as well as fee changes.

Resources:

  1. Oregon Secretary of State- certified text of measure: http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2018/031cbt.pdf
  2. League of Oregon Women Voters’ Guide: http://lwvor.org/

Measure 105 – Repeals Oregon’s Sanctuary City Status

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Board of Directors, as well as the Foundation Board of Directors have formally opposed this measure.

Measure 105

  1. Summary of measure: Measure 105 would repeal a bipartisan law passed 30 years ago that prohibits law enforcement or state agencies from detaining or apprehending an individual whose only violation of the law is that “they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws” (ORS 181A.820).Commonly known as a “sanctuary law”, Oregon’s law has protected Oregonian’s from unfair racial profiling since 1987. Law enforcement agencies may not use personnel, funds, equipment or facilities to locate, arrest, and jail people suspected only of violating federal immigration law. Oregonians cannot be stopped, detained or interrogated because someone thinks they may be an undocumented immigrant.  Immigrants do not have to live in fear of harassment or their families being separated when they are going to work, school or seeking emergency services.Oregon’s law does not protect those who commit crimes or harm others- local police may use the force of law to hold these individuals accountable. Oregon’s law ensures that local law enforcement serves their local communities without the added burden of enforcing federal immigration laws.Resources:
    1. Oregon Secretary of State- certified text of measure: http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2018/022cbt.pdf
    2. Oregonians United Against Profiling- statewide coalition working to defeat Measure 105: https://orunited.org/
    3. One Oregon: http://www.oneoregon.org/
    4. OPB- Measure to Repeal Oregon’s Sanctuary Law Makes November Ballot: https://www.opb.org/news/article/repeal-oregon-sanctuary-law-ballot/

Measure 106 – Prohibits Publicly Funded Abortions

The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center has not taken a position on this measure.

Measure 106

Measure summary:

Known as “Stop Tapayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2018”, this measure would amend constitution and prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, unless medically necessary or required by federal law. Oregon is one of 17 states that use public funds for medically-necessary abortions; approximately 250,000 women of reproductive age are insured through the Oregon Health Plan and 77,344 through PEBB and OEBB.

Resources:

  1. Oregon Secretary of State- certified text of measure (amended ballot title): http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2018/001abt.pdf
  2. League of Oregon Women Voters’ Guide: http://lwvor.org/
October 9th, 2018|Politics, Uncategorized|
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