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Thursday, February 05, 2004  

While most of the nation watched the primary results on Tuesday, in Oregon we had bigger fish to fry. Voters were considering a ballot measure that second-guessed the state legislature's decision to raise taxes and bring in $800 million over the next two years.

It was really a no-brainer. The increase for a joint filing on an income of $60,000 was 98 bucks. Failure to pass the law would trigger instant cuts to human services, schools, and public safety. Since the bubble burst, Oregon has made all the "worst" lists--highest unemployment, deepest cuts to services, weeks lopped off school years (that earned us ridicule in "Doonesbury"). Recently Oregonians have indicated a willingness to raise taxes--a similar measure last year failed only narrowly, precipitating the worst of the cuts. As the election neared, polling showed the measure close to passage.

So what happened on Tuesday? Voters crushed Measure 30 by a 16% margin. This is bad news for Oregon--horrible news, actually--but national trend-watchers ought to take notice, too.

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posted by Jeff | 11:35 AM |
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