Oregon Ballot Income Tax Surcharge, Measure 30 (February 2004)

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Oregon Measure 30 (2004) was on the February 3, 2004 ballot in Oregon as a referendum. It was defeated.

Measure 30 would have created a surcharge on Oregon's income tax, raised the minimum tax corporations pay in Oregon income taxes, and made other changes to the tax code to increase revenues. Similar to the previous year's defeated Measure 28, it was proposed as a way to avoid state budget cuts caused by a deficit.[1]

Election results

Measure 30
Defeatedd No691,46258.96%
Yes 481,315 41.04%
Election results from Oregon Blue Book website, accessed December 16, 2013

Text of measure

The official ballot title of Measure 30 was:

Enacts Temporary Personal Income Tax Surcharge; Increases, Changes Corporate, Other Taxes; Avoids Specific Budget Cuts[2][3]



Organizations in favor of Measure 30:[4]

  • Yes on 30-Our Oregon
  • Nurses United
  • Oregon Business Association
  • School Employees Exercising Democracy
  • Citizens Alliance for Responsible Education (CARE)
  • Communities for Oregonians with Disabilities
  • League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley[5]

Arguments in favor

Those who favored the measure argued that cuts triggered by the measure's failure would deal a serious blow to critical state services, particularly education.

In general, supporters of the measure argued the wide educational and health benefits of maintaining state services at their current level mandated the tax changes; its opponents said the negative effect on families and businesses could be too harsh in an already stagnating economy.[6]



Organizations opposed to Measure 30:[7]

  • Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy
  • Oregon Family Council
  • Taxpayer Defense Fund
  • Taxpayer Association of Oregon
  • Parents Education Association
  • Christian Victory
  • Libertarian Party of Oregon

Arguments against

Those who opposed said that, like the defeated Measure 28, the proposition's supporters are overstating the potential negative impacts.

The measure's opponents also argued that the personal income tax was too progressive (those making between $10,000 and $20,000 would pay an additional 1 percent in income tax; those making $90,000 or more would pay 8 or 9 percent more); its proponents said taxing the highest-income taxpayers the most would be fiscally easier for the state's residents on the whole (the average Oregonian will pay only $24-$36 per year, according to an argument in favor published in the voter's pamphlet).[6]

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