Yes on 102. Allow cities and counties to partner with nonprofits and others to build affordable housing? Yes, please. That’s what Measure 102 does. This measure enjoys broad bipartisan support.
No on 103. Even if you hate the idea of a sales tax, you should hate this poisonous pill of a measure even more. Measure 103 actually lies to you. It says it’s about grocery taxes, but it’s so broadly and ambiguously written that everything from corporate taxation to gas taxes could be affected. Worse, it could tie the hands of Oregon voters considering future ballot initiatives for decades because this would be a constitutional amendment. Also, consider the likelihood of Salem ever passing a sales tax, this measure is unnecessary on its face, and ill-intentioned at its heart.
No on 104. So let me get this straight: Lawmakers under this measure could offer temporary tax breaks with a simple majority, but they’d need a three-fifths vote to undo the breaks. A three-fifths vote would also be required to raise fees, even to keep up with inflation. This would likely chill practical legislative tools like incentives and stimulus packages. Measure 104 is clearly just a big money power grab.
Hell No on 105. Legislators passed Oregon’s sanctuary law in 1987 by a large margin, and the reasons for it back then still resonate — maybe even more now. Statistically, the places that have sanctuary laws see immigrants more likely to report crimes, and to work with police. These laws protect immigrants from exploitation, and cut down crime rates. Repealing our sanctuary law would be plain dumb.
Wtf with Measure 106. If you think abortion is murder, you’ll vote yes. If you’re pro-choice, you’ll vote no. Supposedly this measure is about barring public funding of abortion in Oregon, which would disproportionately affect low-income women and their families. Our guess is this measure is also about getting certain right-wingers to the polls in some of the closer House and Senate districts. The Pew Research Foundation found 63% of Oregonians support keeping abortion legal in all or most cases.
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