SALEM - More than 1.7 million Oregon Voters' Pamphlets for the Jan. 26, 2010 special statewide election start going in the mail Tuesday. Every Oregon household will receive a copy, reaching the state's 2.1 million registered voters.
Two tax measures are on the ballot. Measure 66 raises the tax on household income of $250,000 or more and individual income of $125,000. Measure 67 uses a sliding scale to raise the state's corporate minimum tax from $10 a year to at least $150, based on a corporation's sales receipts in Oregon.
The Democratic majority in the Legislature passed the two measures, with key votes from two House Republicans - Rep. Bob Jenson of Pendleton and Rep. Greg Smith of Heppner. Both are facing anti-tax challengers in the 2010 primary election.
Republican and business interests referred the measures to the voters for special election.
The 92-page pamphlet contains 204 arguments in all. Measure 66 has 68 arguments in favor and 34 arguments opposed, and Measures 67 has 68 arguments for and 34 against.
The online version is at Oregonvotes.org under "What's New." An audio version and a Spanish version of the pamphlet also will be available online.
The deadline for registering to vote in the special election is Tuesday, Jan. 5. Ballots will start going in the mail Jan. 8.