Don’t Miss Our Debate on the Corporate Tax Measure

We’re bringing together the proponents and opponents of this important ballot measure on October 5.

How will the corporate tax measure facing voters in November impact healthcare, senior services and education? That’s the topic of our October 5 forum at the Multnomah Athletic Club. The event gets underway with breakfast starting at 7 a.m. followed by a panel discussion from 7:30-9 a.m. And we’re allotting plenty of time for everyone to drill down the panelists with their questions.

At this lively forum, you’ll hear the pros and cons of this controversial ballot measure. Our panelists include:

Panelists Representing Our Oregon:

  • Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland
  • Felisa Hagins, Political Director, SEIU Local 49

Panelists Representing Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales:

  • Dr. Colin Cave, Former President, Oregon Medical Association
  • Sandra McDonough, President and CEO, Portland Business Alliance

Moderator: John Schrag, Executive Editor of the Pamplin Media Group.

We’re pleased the Oregon Nurses Association and PH Tech have agreed to co-sponsor this event. And, we do have a few limited sponsorship opportunities. Please contact our administrative assistant, Rian Sands, for details at [email protected]

State budget officials predict that Oregon faces a budget shortfall of $1.35 billion next biennium, which represents 6 percent of the state budget.

Faced with that conundrum, Measure 97 would raise an estimated $3 billion in additional state revenue from the largest 1,000 companies doing business in Oregon that earn over $25 million in revenue. Those dollars were intended for education, healthcare and senior services, but challenges have since been raised by legislative officials about how that money could be spent.

Opponents have launched a vigorous campaign to defeat this measure. They contend the new taxes would go into the state General Fund giving politicians and bureaucrats a blank check to spend those dollars however they please, while, if the measure were to pass, consumers would end up paying higher prices on medicine, food, clothing and utilities.

Oregon Health Forum is the educational arm of The Lund Report and collaborates with other nonprofit organizations to sponsor its monthly breakfast forums.

Diane can be reached at [email protected].

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