Oregon Ballot Measure 48, State Government Spending Limits (2006)
If Measure 48 had been approved, it would have limited the amount of money that the state of Oregon could spend by limiting future increases in state government spending based on a formula of inflation plus population growth. It was a variant of the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that passed in Colorado in 1992.
Measure 48 would have inserted into the state's constitution a provision that would take the current year's budget and control, from that point forward, increases in spending by the government. It would not have decreased the amount of money budgeted, but would have limited the amount by which state government spending could have been increased the following year, and every year thereafter, according to a formula that takes into account the increase in population and the inflation rate.
Supporters of the measure were outspent by about $2 million. Supporters spent $1.3 million, including on the petition drive to put the measure on the ballot, and opponents of the measure spent $3.3 million to defeat it.
Ballot Measure 48 was referred to as the Rainy Day Amendment by supporters such as the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, the Oregon Republican Party and Americans for Limited Government.. Various libertarian and conservative organizations supported the measure, and claimed that it would help put Oregon politicians on a budget, similar to that which Oregon families have in their own homes. In order to be placed on the ballot, Measure 48 supporters collected over 109,000 signatures of Oregon voters, which were approved in the summer prior to the election.
$1,342,379 was donated to the campaign in favor of a "yes" vote on Ballot Measure 48.
Donors of $25,000 and over were:
|Americans for Limited Government||$632,672|
|Club for Growth||$300,000|
|National Taxpayers Union||$107,684|
|Taxpayers Association of Oregon||$94,023|
|Restore Oregon's Term Limits||$48,780|
|John D. Bryan||$25,500|
Unions, the Oregon Democratic Party, taxpayer-funded lobbying organizations such as the Oregon School Boards Association and chambers of commerce opposed the measure, claiming that it would take funding away from various state-run programs. Opponents cited studies that claimed that state revenue would fall in terms of billions of dollars. 
$4,285,495 was donated to the campaign in favor of a "no" vote on Ballot Measure 48.
Donors of $50,000 and over were:
|Oregon Education Association||$814,031|
|Oregon City Federation of Teachers||$277,480|
|SEIU Local 503||$250,000|
|AFSCME Council 75||$204,513|
|Oregon School Employees Association||$201,000|
|Oregon Public Employees Local 503||$107,730|
|Oregon Nurses United||$50,000|
|Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde||$50,000|
Editorial boards throughout the state wrote unfavorably about Measure 48, citing examples from the TABOR in Colorado. For example, an editorial in the Oregonian wrote that Measure 48 "would steadily weaken Oregon and its public services."
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- ↑ http://egov.sos.state.or.us/division/elections/results/2006_G100_all_meas.htm
- ↑ http://www.portlandbridges.com/oregon-ballot-measures/measure-48.html
- ↑ Signature verifications
- ↑ http://www.osba.org/leginfo/measures/bm48res.htm
- ↑ http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/ballot_committee.phtml?si=200637&c=434024
- ↑ The Oregonian