HJR 15 strips voting power from citizens

 85% tax hike claim Its not about the Revenue???

HJR 15 takes voting power from citizens
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Today the House Rules heard a bill sponsored by Representative Chris Garret that would would take away voting power away from the public in a shameless power grab.   HJR 15 outlaws people’s using the Oregon initiative petition process if their measure would cause the state to spend money.  Instead it would require any such measure to be required to have its own tax or fee so that the state would not have to spend a penny.   Politicians could still pass financial impacting laws without a new tax — but the public could not.

During testimony, supporters said Oregon’s initiative petition process has “gone too far” and even called it a “mistake” because we allow Oregonians more freedom than other states.  Supporters laid the primary rhetorical blame on voters passing tough on crime measures.   Here is how it goes.  Politicians refuse to protect the public by releasing prisoners early.   The public gets victimized and tries to protect its own very life by locking up criminals.  Now, upset politicians wish to punish voters with a tax every time they exercise such decisions in the future with HJR 15.   

Voters are not the problem — politicians are.  It was voters who tried to enact PERS pension reform in the early 1990’s.  It was tossed out by courts, but the politicians nearly 15 years ago had a massive public mandate to fix the problem.  Yet now the system is $16 billion in debt because the politicians avoided the bigger decisions.  Oregon voters deserve a medal not handcuffs & a tax with HJR 15!

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  • Bob Clark

    I think it would be illegal to embed two things in one initiative as HR 15 suggests. After all, citizens have passed initiative measures only to later have them struck down by the Oregon court system because you are not suppose to address more than one government issue with each initiative measure.
    If anything, we need to re-liberalize the initiative process as since the Sizemore – public employee union war, the initiative petition and ballot process has become rigged whereby government writes, or re-writes, the ballot title and then government employee unions dominate the campaigning against or for the measure (with the state collecting employee union dues handed over to the union to almost do as it pleases).

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    • HBguy

      I believe that the single subject rule only applies to Amendments to the Oregon Constitution.

  • maximus Prime

    Lotta gripes on initiaive.

  • It appears the Democratic controlled legislature do want the citizens to challenge any new taxes increases. It would force the Legislature to be accountable to the people. The legislators would not be able to return to their district and deny voting for tax increases.

  • Mike

    This guy is an idiot.

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