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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oregon ballot measures get their numbers

Here they are, all nine of them, from secretary of state Kate Brown's office this afternoon:

Measure #77 Amends Constitution: Governor may declare "catastrophic disaster" (defined); requires legislative session; authorizes suspending specified constitutional spending restrictions

Measure #78 Amends Constitution: Changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers; makes grammatical and spelling changes

Measure #79 Amends Constitution: Prohibits real estate transfer taxes, fees, other assessments, except those operative on December 31, 2009

Measure #80 Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Measure #81 Prohibits commercial non-tribal fishing with gillnets in Oregon "inland waters," allows use of seine nets

Measure #82 Amends Constitution: Authorizes Establishment of Privately-Owned Casinos; Mandates Percentage Of Revenues Payable To Dedicated State Fund

Measure #83 Authorizes Privately-Owned Wood Village Casino; Mandates Percentage Of Revenues Payable To Dedicated State Fund

Measure #84 Phases out existing inheritance taxes on large estates, and all taxes on intra-family property transfers

Measure #85 Amends Constitution: Allocates Corporate Income/Excise Tax "Kicker" Refund To Additionally Fund K Through 12 Public Education

We see five definite "no's" already; only four even have a shot at a "yes" from us.

Comments (8)

Interesting line up.

At first blush:

#77 - probable "yes", need to read full text.

# 78 - possible "yes"; depends upon language re separation issue.

# 79 - Hell NO! The activities of the promoters have really turned me off.

# 80 - Hell No!

# 81 - No.

# 82 - Yes.

# 83 - Yes.

# 84 - Hell No!

# 85 - I like eliminating the kicker; I am not enamored about enshrining a dedicated flow into school funding.


Let the bloodletting begin!

Nonny - I think there's plenty of objective evidence out there showing that problem gambling's substantially more harmful than marijuana use... I'm in favor of both, and to each their own, but why does #80 warrant a "hell no"?

Zach -

Appomattox, 1865.

Nullification is as bad an idea now as it was when first floated by John C. Calhoun in the 1830s.

And the measure as written is a bad joke. The devil is in the details. Even the Zerogonian got that right a few days ago.

#77. The main catastrophic disaster would be when the Oregon legislature comes back under Party control.

What's a "catastrophic disaster"? Is that worse than a catastrophe or a disaster?

I guess there's a disaster scale in the governor's office:

1. Itty bitty disaster.
2. WTF disaster.
3. Holy crap disaster.
4. Need more money for schools disaster.
5. Catastrophic disaster.

On principal, #84, Hell Yes! Flat taxes all around. The gov. Gets plenty of taxes when people are alive, they shouldn't be taking more from their estate when they're dead. The double taxation thing doesn't make sense except as yet another way for gov. to extract yet another pound of flesh.

"Nullification is as bad an idea now as it was when first floated by John C. Calhoun in the 1830s." Sure, just look at the awful consequences the states who legalized same-sex marriage, defying DOMA, have faced. It's pretty over the top to equate legalizing pot with all-out rebellion against the Union.

Why would anyone want to allow a massive sales tax masquerading as a real estate transfer tax?

M79 will prevent one of the biggest money grabs by our worst politicians in Oregon history.

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