Petition switch puts target on Spending Limit

The Oregon Business Alliance sent out a press release yesterday hailing the Oregon Education Association’s decision to pull their measure forcing public disclosure of private business tax information — despite having 84,000 signatures in hand. The business group said it represented “on-going efforts to eliminate a significant hurdle in the ability of the business community to fully engage with the education community”. Then an hour later the press released was retracted. The whole affair has left many people asking if there has been some type of deal struck, or some type of quid pro quo in exchange for dropping a measure so near to being qualified?

The OEA says they dropped the measure to better fight two ballot measures heading towards the ballot — a state spending limit that helps create a rainy day fund (Taxpayer Association) and a tax cut measure (FreedomWorks). See here.

The press release also comes out at the same time the Spending Limit/Rainy Day fund measure defeated an attack by the government unions claiming the spending limit does not create a rainy day fund. See press release here. The Secretary of State ruled against the union’s complaint and said a rainy day fund was entirely permissible under the measure if enacted.

Clearly the Spending Limit/Rainy Day Amendment is being recognized as a popular and perfect solution to the age old problem of unlimited and unaccountable government spending.

..but the questions remain on the recent pulling of the corporate disclosure petition.

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  • Here is some inside baseball for all you conservative thinkers.

    Here’s what the union goons are up to… They know that it’s very difficult to qualify any petition for the ballot here in Oregon. They know this, because this is the atmosphere they have created. They have worked for years to take down people like Bill Sizemore and Don McIntire for being able to successfully qualify measures for the ballot. And for what reason? These types of small government, less-taxation ballot measures seem to win!

    In addition, they have created some very strange and obscure rules to make the process more difficult and the standard for accepting valid signatures much higher. They were also the chief proponents of Measure 26, the initiative in 2002 that put a ban on payment-by-the-signature in Oregon. This change alone has made it ridiculously expensive and incredibly dangerous to work with paid petitioners.

    And now, they are reaping what they have sown…

    They are dropping their measure to raise taxes for two reasons:

    First: The measure is a total piece of crap. No on wants to sign it because, once again, they have failed to realize that the majority of Oregonians don’t want to raise taxes! They missed the polling on the measure that said it wasn’t something voters cared about, and furthermore, was something that didn’t make sense and was hard for a petitioner to truthfully explain before a potential voter signed it.

    Secondly; they are dealing with the reality of the initiative process they have helped to destroy. Their quest to stop the “conservative crusaders” like McIntire, Sizemore, and Russ Walker has led them to make deals with the devil and degrade the initiative process to a point where it is nearly impossible to qualify measures for the ballot; let alone their piece of garbage tax increase.

    Apparently the union goons like Patty Wentz have accepted their role in the political world; consigning themselves to being trouble-makers and “spoilers”, rather than pro-active advocates of responsible government.

    Groups like Our Oregon exist for one reason, and one reason alone. They exist to undermine the democratic process and prevent the average voter from ever having an opportunity to vote on issues that affect their lives. They file endless complaints with the Secretary of State’s office and the Justice Department, with 99% of them tossed out for lack of evidence, merit, or legal standing. All the while they seek to slow the process, smear the proponents, and discourage voters from signing petitions through intimidation or outright lies.

    Now some people might buy their deceitful explanation about wanting to “save the state by stopping the spending limit” as the reason for dropping their ballot measure, but the truth is; they have been cutting their own throats for years by persecuting Oregonians who use the initiative process to offer average voters a stake in their government.

    Shame on you, Patty Wentz, and I hope you are properly embarrased and frustrated when the people of this state pass a spending limit.

  • PanchoPdx

    Right on Tim.

    But it’s probably worse than that. I bet the unions knew all along that they couldn’t get the signatures. They didn’t spend the money necessary to make the ballot, this was all just a ruse to coerce a few businesses into opposing the spending limit and the middle class tax cut measures.

    Hard to tell whether it was Patty Wentz or Lynn Lundquist who cut the deal, but I bet we’ll see a few large businesses that would have really HATED to have to publish their tax returns contributing to the campaigns opposing these measures.

    This is classic union-style coercion.

    Hey Nike, do you want to make the big bad corporate tax measure go away? Well if you donate to our little committee to oppose the spending limit we’ll see what we can do (wink, wink).

    Lundquist even blurted an answer to the unasked question volunteering that “there was no quid pro quo” involved.

    I’m surprised he didn’t follow up with, “and there was never a plan to shake down big companies with that corporate accountability measure, it just sorta worked out that way.”

  • Hey Tim,

    Congragulations I saw you as well have entered the pantheon of ‘evil conservative petition gatherers’ in this weeks Mercury.

    They mentioned your name with a tone of conspiracy theory and everything.

    You have arrived – where is your Darth Vader costume?

  • Steve Schopp

    “their measure forcing public disclosure of private business tax information”

    What we really need is a measure to force public disclosure of public business.

    And Lundquist and the OBA?

    He’s been conspiring for years with the OEA and pals to screw the taxpayers.

    Here’s an excerpt from one of their efforts:
    Revised September 10, 2003

    “,,,a Tax Reform/School Funding” group for the past year and a half,,,,
    ,, They have met about once a month and include some representatives of several unions (OEA, OPEU, AFL-CIO) and business (OBC, OBA) and OSBA and COSA ,,, to explore how, when and what we could jointly agree on for restructuring the Oregon tax system,,,, a consumption tax at its core, another has a business activity tax at its core and a third takes major swipes at exemptions, credits and deductions in current taxes.,,,

    If either the OBC or OBA are involved the only “business” they are up to no good business for taxpayers or schools.

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