As the Oregonian reported this morning, the ‘Yes’ side holds a 17-point lead on
both Measure 66 and Measure 67 – the measures designed to protect education,
health care and public safety by asking corporations and the rich to pay a
little more. (For the record: I am
working for the ‘yes’ campaign.)
So why are we winning?
We are winning because Oregonians care about education, health care and public safety. They care about investing in our future; they care about protecting the vulnerable. And indeed, if more people knew the simple fact that 90% of the state general fund budget goes to education, health care and public safety, we’d be even further ahead. (So please – keep sharing that fact with them.)
We are winning because Oregonians think that it’s reasonable to ask households making more than $250,000 a year to pay 1.8% of the amount they make above $250,000 to protect those services. That makes a whole lot more sense to voters than cutting basic services or raising taxes on struggling families.
We are winning because Oregonians think that it doesn’t make much sense for most Oregon corporations – including over 100 corporations (most of them headquartered out of state) that do over $100 million a year in business in Oregon – to continue paying just $10 in the corporate minimum tax.
We are winning because Oregonians trust the organizations on the YES side – organizations that represent hundreds of thousands of voters: AARP, the League of Women Voters of Oregon, Oregon PTA, Stand for Children, and teachers, nurses, home health care workers, corrections officers, child protective service workers, fire fighters, and more.
We are winning because Oregonians see through the wildly deceptive tactics of the other side. When corporate lobbyists sent out a letter pretending that a struggling dairy farm would be destroyed by Measure 67, Oregonians smelled a rat – and then learned that the farm would only pay $150 in taxes. In fact, 97.5% of businesses, including all your partnerships, S-corps, LLCs and sole proprietorships, will either pay just $150, or will pay no more than they are currently paying (which, in the case of sole proprietorships, is zero – no Measure 67 tax applies to them). No wonder the No side can’t find a legitimate small business spokesperson.
When they released their TV ad, which made it seem like every Oregonian would have to pay higher taxes, even though no households making less than $250,000 will have to pay a penny more, voters saw through the ploy. And now, with their current ad, they’re trying to say that there’s plenty of money sitting around in Salem, and that spending is out of control—but voters know that the so-called ‘increase in state spending’ consisted of the State accepting Federal money for unemployment, food stamps and health insurance and using it to help the families hurt by this recession.
So, right now, we’re winning. But none of that will make a single bit of difference if we don’t get supporters out to vote. On January 26, when ballots are being counted, the one thing that will make the difference between success and failure is turnout.
Ballots begin hitting mailboxes next week. People will begin voting as early as next weekend. If you’ve been waiting to get involved until this election became “real,” I’ve got new for you—this election just got real.(If you already are involved, as I know many of you are, thanks - and keep it up!)
The results of this election will be felt for years to come. You can become a part of a campaign that will make history. Here’s how:
Get signed up for a shift to knock on doors or get people registered to vote. The Yes for 66 and 67 campaign has been working hard to register voters before the January 5th deadline. At this time, working with the Bus Project and additional partner groups, we have registered over 15,000 people to vote. We are continuing to make the final push this Monday and Tuesday. Interested in being a part of the most fantastic voter registration drive ever? Contact Tess Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer to Get Out The Vote by making phone calls. Call 503-234-0444 and get yourself signed up. Any Sunday through Thursday evening now until Jan. 26.
Chip in some
to help us reach voters. How about giving $10, the amount that most
corporations have been paying since 1931?
You can give through the Vote Yes web site.
Have a Happy New Year - and then volunteer to help us make it even happier on January 26.