Ballot Measure Round-up: What you'll be voting on in November
The Secretary of State's office concluded the initiative petition verification process on Friday, with a total of seven ballot measures qualifying for the November ballot.
So here's what you'll be voting on this fall:
Ban on Real Estate Transfer Fees (Measure 79)
The Oregon Realtors Association (backed by the National Realtors Association) is running the campaign to write a ban on real estate transfer fees and taxes into the Oregon Constitution. While the Oregon Legislature had already banned the practice, this measure would further restrict the ability of local communities to make their own decisions about how to fund their priorities. This measure also enshrines into the constitution a special tax protection for just one industry: The realtors.
Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (Measure 80)
This measure will create a policy to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adults (21 and older.) This would not affect federal law, which still views marijuana as illegal.
Ban on Gillnet Fishing (Measure 81)
The Coastal Conservation Association is organizing the campaign to ban gillnet fishing in Oregon waters. The group argues that gillnets are archaic, inhumane, and lead to bycatch. Opponents of the measure argue that the campaign is a ruse to promote sport fishers' recreational desires at the expense of working fishermen. Tribal fishers are exempt from this measure.
Oregon Casino (Measure 82 and 83)
These two measures work together to amend the constitution to allow privately owned, non-tribal casinos in Oregon and then to permit the first of the privately owned casinos to be established in Wood Village. (Wood Village will have its own, local measure, required to permit the casino.) The measures include a clause which mandates a percentage of the casino's profits to the state fund to help pay for state services.
Estate Tax Repeal (Measure 84)
This is Kevin Mannix's latest bad idea, providing a tax break for millionaires to the tune of $200 million each biennium -- at the expense of schools, senior services, and other state services. While the proponents will feature family farms in their ads, the truth of the matter is that most family farms and other family businesses are already exempt from Oregon's Estate Tax. This tax break only benefits estates worth more than $1 million.
Corporate Kicker for K12 (Measure 85)
This measure will reform the corporate kicker by putting money into Oregon K‐12 classrooms, rather than back into the pockets of large, out‐of-state corporations. That means lowering class sizes and restoring important school programs. These funds would also help get Oregon schools off of the financial roller coaster and provide more stability, even in economically tough years.
Also on the ballot will be two legislative referrals:
Measure 77: Amends Constitution: Governor may declare "catastrophic disaster" (defined); requires legislative session; authorizes suspending specified constitutional spending restrictions
Measure 78: Amends Constitution: Changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers; makes grammatical and spelling changes