ⓘ 2003 Oregon Ballot Measure 28


ⓘ 2003 Oregon Ballot Measure 28

Measure 28 was a ballot measure, referred by the legislature of the U.S. state of Oregon in 2003. It would have created a temporary one-percent increase in Oregons income tax. The tax was proposed as a way to overcome deficits to the state budget. The measure was defeated in the January 28, 2003 special election with 575.846 votes in favor, 676.312 votes against.

Budget problems caused by the recession, high unemployment, and problems with Oregons state pension system dominated by Oregons the biennium 2002-2003. To compensate for the lost income, the Legislative Assembly approved the mix due to budget cuts, the dimensions mentioned 28 to the vote of the people. The program was marred by controversy as a Democrat for Governor John Kitzhaber objected to the Republican-controlled inaction of the legislative reductions, as a result of insufficient measures in the name of vote on the outcome measure submitted to the electors. Supporters of the measure blamed the omission of the name of the vote for the defeat of the measure.

Supporters of this measure felt that it was the only way to avoid the proposed spending cuts on programs like education and help for old people and the mentally ill. Opponents, many part of the Oregon Tax revolt, believed that the increase in taxes will lead to the continued economic downturn, and that the state should live within its means.

Cuts in the measurement result of the defeat of the 28S, seemed to confirm the arguments of the supporters. The next day after measuring lose 28S, Multnomah released 144 prisoners from the County jail and fired 175 deputies sheriffs. Some conservatives believed that wasteful expenditure was more to blame than the tax loss.

However, a high percentage of votes in the Portland area metro inspired local authorities in this area to bring their own temporary tax increases to a vote.

A year later, the voters defeated a similar measure 30.

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