Thursday, October 11, 2018

Measure 104 - Vote NO! - Encourage Fiscal Responsibility

This may be one of the hardest measures to decide on during this election, but I believe we should vote against it.

The essential purpose of this measure is to use an amendment to the Oregon Constitution to make it harder to raise taxes, and that might not sound like the worst thing. However, once you examine the impact of that change, it seems clear that this would not be a move in the right direction. Currently, our legislators must acquire a 2/3 majority when raising taxes or fees to generate revenue, but if legislators eliminate additional burden by reducing revenue in other areas, only a simple majority (more than half) is required.

The impact here is obvious. Under our current system, legislators are encouraged to find ways to fund the state that don't increase the overall burden to taxpayers. If this measure passes, that incentive is wiped away, and our state will have little reason to make efforts to reduce spending when introducing new expenditures.

Ultimately, I believe that Measure 104 will result in increased tax burdens on Oregonians, and reduce accountability of our legislators. Neither is a good thing for Oregon. I recommend you vote NO on Measure 104.

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Measure 104 - Vote NO! - Encourage Fiscal Responsibility

This may be one of the hardest measures to decide on during this election, but I believe we should vote against it. The essential purpose ...