League Positions on Statewide Ballot Measures

Measure 102 – Ballot Title: Amends Constitution:  Allows local bonds for financing affordable housing with nongovernmental entities. Requires voter approval, annual audits.
 
The LWVOR Board endorsed a Yes vote
 
LWVUS Position: Government at all levels must make available sufficient funds for housing-assistance programs.
When families or individuals cannot afford decent housing, government should provide assistance in the form of income and/or subsidized housing.
Government programs providing subsidies to the building, financing and insuring industries for housing for lower-income families should be evaluated in terms of units produced rather than in terms of benefits accruing to these industries.
LWVOR recommends support of this referral from the legislature. Housing for low income people is difficult to find. Homelessness is an increasing problem. This measure will allow local jurisdictions to partner with non-governmental entities to help pay for housing through the sale of bonds.
Measure 103 – Ballot Title: Amends Constitution: Prohibits taxes/fees based on transactions for “groceries” (defined) enacted or amended after September 2017.
The LWVOR Board endorsed a No vote
 
LWVOR Position: Evaluating Taxes. The League of Women Voters of Oregon believes any tax proposal should be evaluated with regard to its effect on the entire tax structure. The League supports the following criteria for evaluating taxes and tax systems.

1. A tax system that is based on ability to pay, but that applies a benefits-received principle wherever reasonable and that recognizes the role of social expediency;
2. A tax system that is equitable, adequate, stable, easy to administer and as simple as possible;
3. A tax system that takes into account the taxes levied by all levels of government covering the same tax base;
4. A tax system that is flexible enough to adjust to social and economic changes (e.g., population shifts, development of new industry, demands for more services and changes in business cycles);
5. A tax system that recognizes the individual’s responsibility for government services by providing for broad sharing of the tax burden.

The LWVOR opposes this measure because it does not share the tax burden. An entire segment of business would be exempted from paying any taxes if a sales tax were to be enacted.  It would also result in revenue loss from businesses involved in any aspect of groceries.
Measure 104 – Ballot Title: Amends Constitution: Expands (beyond taxes) application of requirement that three-fifths legislative majority approve bills raising revenue.
 
The LWVOR Board endorsed a No vote
 
LWVOR Position: A tax limitation is justified if it provides safeguards in the regulation of state and local services and economy. A limitation is not desirable if it prevents provision of services, disrupts government functioning, inhibits progress or results in loss of local control.
The LWVOR opposes this measure.  The measure is about fees, tax credits and any other measures that could be construed as raising revenue.  Fees are vital to the funding of many state agencies.  An agency would have to get a 3/5ths majority from the Legislature to raise any fees for services or adjust credits that might be construed as raising revenue.  The legislature currently approves fee increases or retroactively acknowledges fees that agencies are allowed to raise between sessions.  BUT only a majority vote is required.  Without fees, many state agencies would not be able to provide the services that they are supposed to be providing.


Measure 105 – 
Ballot Title: Repeals law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws.This measure repeals the law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws.
The LWVOR Board endorsed a No vote
LWVUS Position: The League supports due process for all persons, including the right to a fair hearing, right to counsel, right of appeal and right to humane treatment.
The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.
The LWVOR opposes this ballot measure.  Local governments should not have to aid the federal government in arresting immigrants without there being a warrant or valid order for such an arrest.  The law that this measure seeks to overturn has been in effect since the 1980’s.

Measure 106 – Ballot Title: Amends Constitution: Prohibits spending “public funds” (defined) directly/indirectly for “abortion” (defined); exceptions; reduces abortion access.
 
The LWVOR Board endorsed a No vote
 
LWVUS Position: Every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control and the privacy to make reproductive choices.
The LWVOR opposes this ballot measure because this law would not only impact services to women on the Oregon Health Plan but would also take away the coverage that employees of the State of Oregon now have for abortion services.