Once again, state government is coming to us with a sob story as the reason to raise our taxes. Once again we Oregonians need to say “no.”
Measure 101 sets a bad precedent. It taxes small businesses but exempts large corporations. Guess who has fancy lobbyists in Salem? Is this fair? No.
Measure 101 calls the new taxes an “assessment.” Are they being honest? No.
Can the legislators increase the tax rate in future years because they “need” more money? What has been your experience? We voted no on Measure 97, but Salem didn’t hear us.
Oregon government wastes millions of dollars but, rather than look for ways to save our money, they just dream up new ways to tax us. Voting to approve this measure simply enables addicted Salem to keep spending without consequences.
Look at your voters’ pamphlet. Notice how many pages of Arguments in Favor there are? Then look to see who paid for them. Planned Parenthood. Oregon Medical Association. Oregon Association of Hospitals. Northwest Health Foundation, SEIU. All in favor of getting more of your money.
Look at the Arguments in Opposition, written by small business owners pleading for “healthcare reform, not new taxes.” By a retired Master Sargent paying half of his retirement in premiums to help a disabled daughter. By a “business turn-around specialist” who finds it “incredibly frustrating to watch the colossal waste ...”
Don’t fall for the government’s sob story. Think about these people whose lives will be negatively impacted by higher taxes. Yours will be, too.
As Sam Carpenter says: “Hold Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority Accountable for Medicaid Mismanagement. Vote no on 101!”