Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 102
Vote No on Measures 103, 104, 105, 106
Measure 105 (Vote NO)
It would throw out Oregon’s existing “sanctuary” law that protects Oregonians against unfair targeting, interrogating, and detaining simply because they are perceived to be undocumented immigrants. That law passed 30 years ago with broad support from Republicans and Democrats and has been protecting Oregonians from racial profiling ever since.
More Information: Oregonians Against Profiling
CALC is actively working to defeat this measure. We need scores of volunteers to call, text and knock on doors in Eugene and Springfield . Contact Barbara Schihl, ACLU Oregon Field Organizer at (916) 207-9685 or email@example.com to get involved.
Measure 102 (Vote Yes)
It would allow local governments to work with non-profits and businesses to build affordable housing with bonds. Simply put, a vote for Measure 102 is a vote for affordable housing.
More Information: Yes for Affordable Housing
The last piece of information in this section, titled “102 Offers a Housing Tool We Need Now,” is an opinion piece published in The Register Guard October 16 by community leaders Dan Bryant, Executive Director of SquareOne Villages and minister at First Christian Church, Emily Reiman, Executive Director of NEDCO, and Paul Solomon, Executive Director of Sponsors. It makes a compelling case for supporting Measure 102. Check it out.
Measure 103 (Vote NO)
It’s being billed as preventing a “tax on groceries” – a tax no one is suggesting. Instead, this measure, funded by big, out-of-state grocers, would amend Oregon’s constitution to permanently exempt a wide range of transactions from taxes and fees. It defines “groceries” in a way you would never find in the dictionary, carving out loopholes that exempt slaughterhouses, trucking companies, and restaurants from taxes but failing to help families afford the items they rely on most: medicine, diapers, and toilet paper.
More Information: No on 103
Measure 104 (Vote NO)
Is a recipe for unprecedented gridlock in Salem. A supermajority is currently required in the the state legislature to raise taxes – but Constitutional Amendment 104 would require a three-fifths supermajority for far more than tax increases. That threshold would have to be met to cut wasteful government spending and special-interest tax breaks, and even to modify simple things like state park fees. 104 will lead to D.C.-style gridlock, jeopardizing funding for healthcare, affordable housing and other essential services.
More Information: No on 104
Measure 106 (vote NO)
Would cut access to care for vulnerable Oregonians and is a backdoor ban on abortion for anyone but our most well-off citizens. If 106 passes, only those who can afford it will be able to access abortion. It would amend the Oregon Constitution to prohibit spending public funds on abortion. Currently, women in Oregon served by publicly funded health plans may obtain abortions when approved by a medical professional. This includes the Oregon Health Plan, which serves some of the most vulnerable Oregon residents who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care.
More information: No Cuts to Care
“102 Offers a Housing Tool We Need Now”
By Dan Bryant, Emily Reiman, and Paul Solomon
“The Register Guard editorial on October 5, 2018, recommending a no vote on Measure 102, is a classic example of making the perfect into the enemy of the good. And make no mistake, Measure 102 is a very good measure that should be approved by voters.
Measure 102 has incredibly diverse support among agencies such as ours that work on affordable housing. These include everyone from AARP Oregon to numerous Oregon city councils, including Eugene’s. At least 16 different chapters of Habitat for Humanity have endorsed 102. Several chambers of commerce, including Springfield’s and Eugene’s, have endorsed 102. There is very little organized opposition.
This measure also has broad bipartisan support. The Oregon House of Representatives referred it to the people by a vote of 54 to 0 and the Senate approved it by a vote of 24 to 5. Six other Oregon newspapers and counting have also endorsed it. The Oregonian, for instance, calls Measure 102 “well-constructed, targeted [and] noncontroversial.”
We are in the midst of a housing crisis. More and more members of our community are being priced out of their homes as home prices increase faster than income. Homes for Good, the housing authority for Lane County, manages 16 different apartment complexes of nearly 1000 units. Currently the wait list for all 16 is closed.
The wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers is open for one brief period every two years and has been closed for over a year. Emerald Village Eugene, the tiny home project of SquareOne Villages, received nearly 10 applications for every one of their tiny homes under 300 square feet. For homeless men and women released from jail or prison seeking housing, Sponsors’ wait list ranges from 6 to 12 months.
Measure 102 would lift the ban on local governments working with nonprofits and local businesses to build affordable housing with bond funds. This means that bond dollars will go further because they can leverage other funding sources (like low-income housing tax credits) and be implemented with partners that have the most experience in building, owning, and operating affordable housing.
Affordable housing is not profitable and often requires multiple funding sources to finance. Measure 102 is a wise investment because it will enable local governments to leverage housing dollars to create more affordable housing. Measure 102 includes a built-in safeguard overlooked in the Register Guard’s editorial: voters. Bonds must be approved by voters and hence must pass the scrutiny of the election process to be enacted.
Access to housing is essential for all people to build stable lives. Children cannot succeed and families cannot thrive without decent housing. Measure 102 adds a very helpful tool to the toolbox for communities like ours to expand housing options for people who deserve a place to call home. Could it be improved? Perhaps.
Delaying the adoption of Measure 102 only delays housing resources for people who do not have time to wait. A newspaper which supports its community and listens to that community should not allow the perfect to get in the way of the good.”
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