The Oregon Education Association carefully monitors what issues might be on the ballot in 2018 including statewide measures. Already over 30 initiative petitions have been filed and are actively working toward approved for the 2018 General Election. Here are a list of the issues we are monitoring. For a full list of ballot measures you can visit here: http://egov.sos.state.or.us/elec/web_irr_search.search_form
IP 22: Anti-Immigrant Ballot Measure
This initiative would repeal our state’s 30-year-old inclusivity law (ORS 181A.820), which prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law. Repealing this law will give law enforcement license to profile citizens and aspiring citizens alike. This approach is harmful to families, particularly with children, whose parents are swept up in illegal enforcement activities.
As attacks on healthcare escalate at the national level, Oregon leaders acted in the 2017 Legislative Session to protect coverage and reduce healthcare premiums for half a million Oregonians. Referendum 301 would undo all that, repealing key pieces of the Oregon Healthcare Protections bill and throwing our state’s healthcare system into chaos. This Referendum could take hundreds of millions of dollars out of our health care system, meaning thousands of low-income Oregonians could lose health care coverage.
IP 25: Corporate Accountability and Transparency Petition
To require publicly traded corporations to provide to the Secretary of State a public report of their Oregon taxes.
Oregon’s corporate taxes are the lowest in the country — corporations make billions in Oregon, but they pay fewer taxes here than any other state. The result? Oregon’s families and small businesses pay more than their fair share in taxes and our schools and basic family services are underfunded. IP 25 brings truth to the debate about corporate taxes by requiring publicly traded corporations in Oregon to reveal the same tax information about their state taxes as they do for federal taxes.
Key provisions of the measure:
- Requires companies that must report their federal taxes to report their state taxes to the Secretary of State.
- The reports would be made public on a website.
- The required information would mirror what these companies provide to the federal government and would not require companies to gather additional data.
- There would be a penalty, limited by the size of the company, and capped at $1 million for not reporting.
- The reports would include not just taxes owed, but also tax credits.
- The information would be delayed by three years to make sure that “company secrets” are not revealed by tax decisions.