July 7 is the deadline for signatures on statewide ballot measures, some of which may have profound effects on life in our fair state. In June, Jesse Cornett did a nice round-up of some of the more interesting news related to the petitions, and Our Oregon has a great rundown, measure by measure. A few of the highlights (with liberal cutting and pasting from the aforementioned Our Oregon):
- TABOR (6). Imposes arbitrary spending cap on public services. Will require deep cuts in funding to education, public safety and human services.
- Federal Substitution (14). A Loren Parks-backed measure that would change the tax code. Retroactive to 2005, so lawmakers would have to figure out where to find immediately cut more than $150 million from education, public safety, and human services. The cut to the 2007-2009 state budget is $835 million.
- Term Limits (39). A Grover Norquist special, this oldie-but-baddie amends the constitution to limit service to six years in the state House, eight years in the state Senate and no more than 14 years combined in a lifetime.
- HOPE (40). Requires access to health care as fundamental right; legislature must adopt plan expanding health care.
- Prescription Drug Pool (122). Allows any Oregon resident without prescription drug coverage to participate in Oregon Prescription Drug Program.
- Open Primary (86). Phil Keisling's much-discussed measure to eliminate party primaries and have a run-off between top two vote getters.
- Parental Notification (51). Requires 48 hour notice to unemancipated minor’s parent before providing abortion.
There are more, so go have a look. In related news, a subcontractor for Democracy Direct, a petition-gatherer mainly for conservative causes, has been ordered to pay $15,000 for failing to pay the minimum wage:
The case was brought by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries on behalf of three B&P employees. In addition to a judgment of $15,151 plus interest and an award of $6,074 in attorneys' fees against B&P, the court found the company and its president, Brian Platt, jointly liable for $860 in costs.
So, just guessing, but I imagine you have some thoughts. Discuss.