There are five statewide ballot measures this November. I have been asked several times how I will be voting on these, so below is a description of each ballot measure and my quick analysis to help clarify what a yes or no vote means.
Ballot Measure 102 - Amends Constitution: Allows local bonds for financing affordable housing with non-governmental entities. Requires voter approval, annual audits. Measure 102 is an attempt by government to solve a problem in the housing market. While Measure 102 will not allow governments to build new housing, government will be front and center in collecting new taxes (with local voter approval) and managing these housing projects through non-profit organizations. This is a very new concept and also one that is ripe for corruption — remember government will be the collection arm, manager and distributor of these new tax dollars. I believe if the State would loosen its land use laws and local governments would stop using the permitting and inspection process as profit-centers, the private market will solve the housing problem in Oregon in a much faster and efficient way. For those very reasons I am voting NO on Measure 102.
Ballot Measure 103 - Amends Constitution: Prohibits taxes/fees based on transactions for "groceries" (defined) enacted or amended after September 2017. The opponents of this measure claim it will create a tax loophole for large corporations. This argument is disingenuous because groceries are not taxed today, so how do you create a tax loophole by prohibiting taxation on something that is not taxed? The reason the boo-birds are wanting you to vote No on Measure 103 is because they want the ability to tax groceries and grocers at some point in the future. Measure 103 will constitutionally block such an effort. Therefore I am voting YES on Measure 103 to stop Oregon's government from ever taxing groceries without voter approval.
Ballot Measure 104 - Amends Constitution: Expands (beyond taxes) application of requirement that three-fifths legislative majority approve bills raising revenue. 20 years ago Oregonians passed a similar ballot measure that required a 3/5th's (60%) majority in both the House and Senate in order to raise state taxes and raise revenue. However, in recent years the Democrat leadership has found a sneaky way around that requirement (they have been short of a 3/5th's majority in both chambers by just one seat for the past four years). Their trick is to raise fees and to eliminate tax credits/deductions. While both of these increase revenue for the state, they claim since it isn’t a new tax all they need is a simple majority in both chambers. I couldn't disagree more. Therefore I will vote YES on Measure 104 to create a constitutional requirement of a 3/5th's majority in both the state House and Senate in order to raise revenue by the legislature.
Ballot Measure 105 - Repeals law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws. Measure 105 is being hailed by opponents as institutionalizing racism in Oregon. Nothing could be further from the truth. Measure 105 simply allows state and local law enforcement officers to more easily work with federal immigration authorities in the removal of criminal illegal aliens from our communities. A country must have borders and those borders must be controlled to who is allowed in otherwise chaos ensues. When people break the law in entering our country and then break it again by theft or bodily harm, we need local law enforcement to help. That is why I will vote YES on Measure 105.
Ballot Measure 106 - Amends Constitution: Prohibits spending "public funds" (defined) directly/indirectly for "abortion" (defined); exceptions; reduces abortion access. Abortion is taking the life of an innocent human being without just cause and the unborn is the most innocent among us. Therefore, at the very least, we should not be using our tax dollars to fund abortion in Oregon. I am voting YES on Measure 106 to prevent our tax dollars from funding this immoral act.