Oregon Supreme Court makes minor changes to tax ballot titles

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November 16, 2009

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SALEM, Oregon: On Friday, the Oregon Supreme Court slightly modified the ballot title wording of two 2010 tax hike referendum measures - Measure 66 and Measure 67.[1] The main point of argument surrounded a sentence included in both ballot titles: "Maintains funds currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services." Tax opponents argued that the sentence was pure "speculation" and should be omitteded from the title, however, the court ruled instead to replace the word "maintains" with "provides."[2] Additionally, the court changed the wording of the "no vote" description to read: "Leaves amount currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services underfunded." Previously, it had read, "Reduces funding currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services by estimated $472 million."[3]


Updated ballot titles may be read here.

See also

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*Oregon Tax Hike Vote, Ballot Measures 66 and 67 (2010)

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