7 ballot measures make Nov. Ballot

By Taxpayer Association of OregonWatchdog

1. Illegal immigrant Driver cards Repeal: Reverses a new law that allows Oregonians who can’t prove they are in the US legally the right to obtain a driver card.

2. Equal Rights Amendment: Amends the Oregon Constitution to make sex discrimination illegal.

3. Legalization of marijuana: Legalizes the use of marijuana for those aged 21and older. Sales would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; tax revenues would go to a variety of public services. Prohibits smoking in public.

4. Top-two primaries: Creates a nonpartisan primary election system in which all candidates would be listed. The top two winners would then advance to the general election regardless of political party affiliation.

5. GMO labeling: Requires labels on food to identify ingredients that are genetically engineered.

6. State Judges: Amends the Oregon Constitution to allow state judges to serve in the National Guard and teach in state public universities. Right now, the constitution prohibits Oregonians from being employed by more than one branch of government at the same time.

7. Oregon Opportunity Initiative: Amends the Oregon Constitution to create a permanent fund that would be invested to provide revenue to assist students seeking higher education.

— Measures that failed to get on the ballot

Liquor privatization: Would have allowed grocery stores to sell liquor.

Abortion: Would have stopped state funding for abortions.

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  • Sally

    This is really bad. How can an illegal get to work if they can’t get a drivers license?
    Talk about insane. Who dreams up,these measures?
    I am voting no so as to help these poor people who only come here to live the American dream.

    • MrBill

      I have a solution. Deport them and make them come into the country legally. Then they can get a driver’s license same as everyone else.

    • guest

      Sally ‘froths’ yet again. Mr Bill has it right on the despot.

    • Granola girl

      Sally Kitzhaber came up with the idea and to it to the legislature. If we did not stand up and collect signatures to bring it to the vote of the state, it would have happened! New Mexico tried it for a few years and it did nothing good for the state. They voted to dis-continue it. If you voted for Kitz, I would strongly suggest voting for Richardson this time around.

  • I was appointed by the Secretary of State to help write the Voters Pamphlet Explanatory Statement for the Oregon Opportunity Initiative referendum. I have a number of reasons for opposing the measure, which you can read in my Cascade Commentary at:

    • Jack Lord God

      Steve – I like that you refer to Vedders study. It raises a good question about the more is better education model and the economy.

      First – Why subsidize a degree in a low job growth state? Should the taxpayer pay for someones degree when that person will likely have to move out of state to use it? What good is that to our economy?

      Second – Where do we get this idea that more college degrees equates to a vibrant economy? The Soviet Union had more scientists per capita than any other country the world has known. Their economy collapsed.

      The bottom line here is, subsidizing college degrees is great if you have a vibrant and growing economy that needs such a work force. Absent that, all you are doing is providing an educated work force to those states who do not cripple their economy.

      • Good points, Jack. The Opportunity Initiative does say that benefits from the Fund must go to “Oregon students,” but nothing in it says that those students can’t then move out of Oregon and contribute to the economy of another state or country.

        In any case, Oregon taxpayers will be saddled with paying off any General Obligation bonds created to fund the Initiative for the next 30 years. Great deal for the students; not so great for the taxpayers.

        • Jack Lord God

          > Great deal for the students; not so great for the taxpayers.

          And guaranteed to further fuel the rapid inflation in the price of a college degree much like the student loan program did.

          When I went to school in the early 80’s an expensive private college was ten grand. Bennington was the most expensive at around twelve grand.

          Now an expensive school is about fifty five grand.

          That’s more than double the rate of inflation.

          It would be nice if we would hear a little more about reducing the price of a degree, and a little less about how to try and get everyone else to pay for it.

          • >It would be nice if we would hear a little more about reducing the price of a degree…

            Funny you should ask. The chief proponent of the Opportunity Initiative himself, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, knows how technology is likely to undercut the current high-cost degree model. He said as such at a public event I attended last October and I’ve excerpted the key 59-second section here:

          • MrBill

            So, conceivably, someone could become licensed in any number of professions through a combination of online training and work experience? For example, could someone be trained in accounting online, get some experience working under a CPA, and eventually sit for the CPA exam themselves without ever having formal training through a university or college?

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