Oregon Limits on State Appropriations from Personal Income Tax, Measure 8 (2000)

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The Oregon Limits on State Appropriations from Personal Income Tax Amendment, also known as Measure 8, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure limited state appropriations to fifteen percent of state’s personal income in prior biennium.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 8 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No789,69956.50%
Yes 608,090 43.50%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Amends Constitution: Limits State Appropriations To Percentage Of State's Prior Personal Income[2]

Proponents

Don McIntire, Joe W. Foxall, and Ron Sunseri

Support

[3] The chief petitioners of the initiative argued that the measure was simply a way to control government spending, without limiting taxes or requiring budget cuts, and said that "Measure 8 will result in state budgets based on the peoples' ability to pay, rather than on the government's ability to spend."They believed the measure would inspire the legislature to find more efficient ways to spend the money they have and that it would stimulate the economy due to more money being circulated. They called the measure "good for Oregonians and their government."

Many supporters argued that government spending had gotten too out of hand and something needed to be done about it. People liked the idea that government's spending would be based on what citizens could afford to pay for, while still leaving plenty of flexibility for how the government uses the money.

The Libertarian Party of Oregon said, "It is time we asked government to compete, to innovate, to make priorities, to stop taking us for granted."

Opposition

[4] Those who opposed the measure worried about cuts to important funding. Professors United to Save Higher Education (PUSHE) said, "This measure would limit spending from all sources that support our institutions, including Federal dollars, tuition fees, gifts and other sources."

Governor (until 2003) John Kitzhaber, M.D. and others pointed out that the measure would be a $5 Billion budget cut. Kitzhaber went onto say,

"[Measure 8] also puts a cap on the billions of dollars we get in federal funds and from non-tax revenues. Instead of using those dollars for Oregon's critical needs, we will have to turn them away. That won't lower your tax bill. It just means that more of your federal tax dollars will stay in Washington DC or go to other states. And where will the state cuts come from? From all state budgets ­ K-12 schools, our universities and community colleges, health care, repairing and maintaining roads and bridges, state police and prisons and more.

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