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Letter: Vote no on Measure 101

Published on January 10, 2018 3:31PM


My comments are made based on reviewing the Oregon Voters Pamphlet and “yes” vote advertisements and comments from folks I trust.

First of all, this Measure 101 is not just a simple “temporary” assessment (sales tax). If we vote against it, do you honestly think that this legislature will not pass another law with different language to reinstate the tax? Since when have you seen this legislature respect the will of the voter?

Remember? The Federal Income Tax was put in as a “temporary” tax.

Second, this is a tax on existing health insurance premium payers, and some hospitals.

Third, this is a Medicaid tax, and insurance premium “stabilizer” (they don’t explain what that is.) Medicaid is for the officially financially poor. Most of us are glad that Medicaid is there. We are not appreciating the lack of accountability and competence of the Oregon Health Authority in general (note the Secretary of State’s recent audit) and, specifically, in handling the Medicaid program. This tax will be an act of throwing good money after bad.

Fourth, in the Voters Pamphlet, under “Estimate of Financial Impact,” it says: “there may be an indeterminate effect on local government expenditures related to increases in associated insurances assessments. There is likely to be an indirect and indeterminate effect on the state economy and local government revenues and expenditures.”

Fifth, comments on the “no” vote arguments listed below: Don’t count on this medical “sales tax” only going to fund medical budget line items. Don’t count on this medical “sales tax” only going to fund medical budget line items for “in-state” legal residents only. Don’t count on this medical “sales tax” only going to fund medical budget line items to not increase your school district tax portion of your property tax (or, reduce educational services.) By reason of the “trickle down” or “pass through” or “domino effect,” it is easy to see how school costs will rise and how commercial business costs will rise.

Who will pay? Answer: The property tax payer, the purchaser at the store, and the individual insurance premium payer. In most cases, that is you.

No new taxes.

Larry Nye

Athena



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