Oregon’s 2018 ballot features an unnecessary measure that threatens funding for public services: Measure 104. This constitutional amendment would needlessly expand the three-fifths supermajority requirement beyond raising taxes. This would increase political gridlock, putting funding for schools, healthcare, and essential services in jeopardy.
Measure 104 creates new barriers that would make it harder for state and local governments to provide services in response to natural disasters, like wildfires and earthquakes. We need to be able to act quickly to protect our communities during emergencies, but Measure 104 would leave us vulnerable.
If this constitutional amendment passes, it will cause unprecedented gridlock in Salem, empowering a small group of legislators to hold schools, healthcare, and public services hostage for a special interest agenda. We don’t need Washington DC-style gridlock here in Oregon.