Oregon Taxpayer Refunds from General Fund, Measure 86 (2000)

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The Oregon Taxpayer Refunds from General Fund Amendment, also known as Measure 86, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure required the refunding of tax revenues from the general fund that exceeded state estimates to taxpayers.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 86 (2000)
Approveda Yes 898,793 62.02%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Amends Constitution: Requires Refunding General Fund Revenues Exceeding State Estimates To Taxpayers[2]


Supporters argued that the "kicker" is the most popular version of tax reform in history, explaining that the legislature simply balances the budget and returns the remaining funds collected over 2% to the people of Oregon. They point out that the Democratic governor and legislature has opposed the measure because they want to spend the taxpayers' money and not have to return a cent of it.[3]


Some opposed to the measure simply didn't want the Oregon Constitution filled with "clutter" about tax policy and budgets. The League of Women Voters, who opposes the measure said, "Simply put, rules about what happens when "general fund revenues exceed state estimates by more than two percent" do not belong in the same place as our fundamental guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion."The league, however, was also concerned about the policy and believed it wasn't right to prevent the state from accquiring a surplus if needed.

The Oregon AFL-CIO union pointed out that the tax credit would take money from public education. They also opposed the fact that the credit would not give a larger percentage to "needier" Oregon families and call the tax credit "disproportionate."[4]

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