This measure, if it passes, repeals a mandatory retirement age for judges. I’m voting for this one; the current law seems like age-based discrimination.
Allow investments in equities by public universities blah blah blah.
A technical fix – I voted yes.
Dedicates 1.5% of state lottery funds to Oregon Veteran’s support services.
I voted yes. I’m not in love with how much we depend on lottery funds (and this money comes out of other priorities, probably the state economic development fund), but this is important enough for me to put my reluctance aside.
Increases corporate tax rates for companies with sales exceeding $25 million, with money going to education, senior services, and health care.
Yes, yes, a million times yes. Oregon’s budget needs more income, and this may be the least bad way to get that income.
Sydney is arguing to me, very passionately, that this is a bad measure I should vote against. “Think of the children” she whispers, at my side, literally as I’m typing this. It’s a bit creepy. Now she’s giving me the finger.
(“I have good reason to,” she opines.)
After listening to Sydney and other housemates, and reading up on it, I’m voting “No.” I really like the idea behind this measure – more funding for dropout-prevention and career training in Portland high schools. But it’s a large unfunded mandate, and especially since we don’t know if measure 97 will pass, that could be dangerous. This is also an exceptionally long and complicated law, and Charles argues (persuasively, I think) that laws like that are better written by the legislature, not by outside groups.
Creates an “outdoor school education fund,” funded by 4% of state lottery proceeds. I’m voting “No” on this one. I’m not convinced outdoor school is that important, or that there aren’t better uses for the funds.
A measure to protect some endangered species by making it illegal to sell their parts. I’m voting yes.
Extends term limits for Multnomah County elected officials, from two terms (8 years) to three (12 years). I’m against term limits, so I’ll vote yes.
Allows Multnomah County commissioners to run for Chair of that group without having to resign their current position. I voted yes.
Changes sheriff from an elected position to an appointed department head, beginning in 2019. The sheriff would be appointed by the County Chair (see previous measure). Multnomah County has had a string of disastrous sheriffs (the last two or three in a row had to resign); I’m ready to give something else a try. Being able to hire from a national candidate pool, rather than being limited to local options, could be an advantage. Also, as the Oregonian points out, this change could make it harder for the Sheriff to refuse to share information with the public. I’m voting yes.
This is a campaign finance reform, aimed at the county level. The point of the measure, I’m told, is partly to create a test case aimed at creating more legal space for campaign finance limits in Oregon. I’m voting yes.
As far as I can tell, this is a technical measure, involving the Office of Citizen Involvement for Multnomah County in picking the members of the once-every-six-years charter review committee, and oh God I may fall asleep before I manage to vote yes.
City of Portland and Metro Measures
Raises property taxes (by about $75 a year for a homeowner with a $180,000 home) in order to fund affordable housing. Portland is in a rent crisis; increasingly it’s not possible for people with low incomes to live here. I’m enthusiastically voting yes on this.
Taxes recreational pot 3% and puts the money towards various causes, including drug rehab programs, police, and support for local businesses (especially female and POC owned businesses). I’d rather see the money go into the general fund, and I’m not at all sure about earmarking more money for police. Nonetheless, I think the bad outweighs the good, so I’m voting yes.
This renews an already-existing property tax levy that’s used to pay for environmental protection, water quality, and the like. It’s about $20 a year for a homeowner with a $200,000 home. I’m voting yes.
And… DONE! Phew.