Ballot Measure Endorsements

Campaign Finance Limits Amendment 
Measure 107
https://www.fairandhonestelections.org

Measure 107 would authorize the Oregon State Legislature and local governments to limit political contributions and expenditures. The amendment authorizes the state legislature and local governments to enact laws and ordinances to (1) limit political campaign contributions and expenditures (2) require disclosure of contributions and expenditures, (3) require political advertisement to identify people or entities that paid for them. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 107 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote because currently, there are no limits on contributions from big money interests and there is lack of transparency in political advertising. For years, special interest groups have contributed millions of dollars that influence the outcome of Oregon elections. Voting ‘Yes’ on Measure 107 ensures we end the role of big money in politics and gives back political power to working-class people. 

Result of 'Yes' Vote: 'Yes' vote allows the passage of laws, created by the Oregon State Legislature, local governments or voters that limit contributions and expenditures made to influence an election. Allows laws that require disclosure of contributions and expenditures made to influence an election. Allows laws that require campaign or election advertisements to identify who paid for them. Campaign contribution limits cannot prevent effective advocacy. Applies to laws enacted or approved on or after January 1, 2016.

Result of 'No' Vote:  'No' vote retains current law. Courts currently find the Oregon Constitution does not allow laws limiting campaign expenditures. Laws limiting contributions are allowed if the text of the law does not target expression.

Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increases for Health Programs Measure 
Measure 108 
https://yeson108.org

Measure 108 would increase taxes on distributors of tobacco products and other nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes and vaping products. Tax revenue would be allocated to fund the state’s Medical Assistance Program, including prevention and cessation programs, addressing tobacco- and nicotine-related diseases. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 108 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote because taxing vapes and tobacco has proven to reduce smoking and vaping, saving on costs and saving lives. Additionally, the revenue would go back into communities affected by big tobacco by funding public health such as the Oregon Health Plan. 

Result of 'Yes' Vote: 'Yes' vote increases cigarette tax by $2 per pack. Increases cap on cigar taxes to $1 per cigar. Establishes tax on nicotine inhalants delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes and vaping products. Funds health programs. Approves other provisions. 

Result of 'NO' Vote: 'No' vote retains current law. Cigarettes are taxed at a current rate of $1.33 per pack. Tax on cigars is capped at 50 cents per cigar. Nicotine inhalant delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes and vaping products, remain untaxed.

Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative
Measure 109
https://voteyeson109.org 

Measure 109 would create a program, authorized by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), to administer psilocybin products, such as psilocybin mushrooms and fungi, to individuals aged 21 years or older. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 108 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote because it would provide low-risk and effective long term treatment for anxiety and depression by establishing a regulated psilocybin therapy system. Many of our members suffer from post traumatic stress injury and this treatment could benefit them and our members in behavioral health have asked for these tools to provide their patients alternative treatment.

A "YES" vote supports authorizing the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to create a program to permit licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age or older.

A "NO" vote opposes the creation of a psilocybin program, thus maintaining the state prohibition against the possession, manufacturing, and consumption of psilocybin.

Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative 
Measure 110 
https://voteyeson110.org

Measure 110 would reclassify personal non-commercial possession of certain drugs under specified amounts from a misdemeanor or felony (depending on person’s criminal history) to Class E violation subject to either $100 fine and establish a drug addiction treatment and recovery program funded in part by the state’s marijuana tax revenue. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 110 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote because Oregon has the fourth highest addiction rate in the country but is last in access to treatment costing the state $6 billion a year in policing and healthcare. Measure 110 addresses this issue by focusing on prevention and treatment rather than punishment.

Result of 'Yes' Vote: 'Yes' vote provides addiction recovery centers/services; marijuana taxes partially finance (reduces revenues for other purposes); reclassifies possession of specified drugs, reduces penalties; requires audits.

Result of 'No' Vote: 'No' vote rejects requiring addiction recovery centers/ services; retains current marijuana tax revenue uses; maintains current classifications/ penalties for possession of drugs

Library Bond Issue 
Multnomah County, Measure 26-211
https://yesforourlibraries.org/faq

Measure 26-211 would authorize the County to issue up to $387 million in general obligation bonds to update, renovate, construct libraries across the county. The bond would specifically enlarge and modernize 8 county libraries and increase access to computers and digital services. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 26-211 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote to renovate, expand and update libraries across the county to keep up with the community’s need for essential services and programs. 

A "Yes" vote supports authorizing the county to issue $387 million in bonds to finance library renovations and imposing a property tax of $61 per $100,000 of assessed value to repay the bonds.

A "No" vote opposes authorizing the county to issue $387 million in bonds to finance library renovations.

Income Tax to Fund Tuition-Free Preschool Program
Multnomah County, Measure 26-214
https://preschoolforall.org

Measure 26-214 would establish a “Preschool for All Program” to provide up to six hours per day of tuition-free, early learning. All three, four year olds with parent or legal guardian residing in Multnomah County will be eligible.

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 26-214 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote because preschool would be accessible to working parents who have struggled to afford it and it would provide living wages to preschool teachers and assistants. 

A "Yes" vote supports establishing a tuition-free preschool program; imposing an additional 1.5% income tax on households with income over $200,000 and an additional 3% income tax on households with income over $400,000; and increasing the additional rate for households with income over $200,000 to 2.3% in 2026.

A "No" vote opposes establishing a tuition-free preschool program and imposing an additional income tax to fund it, thus maintaining the existing income tax rate of 1.25%

Infrastructure and Transportation Payroll Tax 
Portland Metro, Measure 26-218 
https://www.letsgetmoving2020.com

Measure 26-218 funds traffic, safety, and transit improvements and transportation programs along roadway and transit corridors in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington counties within district boundaries. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 26-218 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote because it is a vital investment in our regional transportation system and it will create thousands of family-wage jobs while rebuilding our local economy. 

A "Yes" vote supports authorizing the Metro Council to impose a payroll tax not to exceed 0.75% on employers with 26 or more employees, excluding local governments, beginning in 2022 to fund infrastructure improvements and transportation programs.

A "No" vote opposes authorizing the Metro Council to impose a payroll tax not to exceed 0.75% on employers with 26 or more employees, excluding local governments, beginning in 2022 to fund infrastructure improvements and transportation programs.

Five-Year Public Safety Operations Local Option Tax
City of Oakridge, Measure 20-308

This five year levy would impose $2.73 per $1,000 of assessed value to provide police and emergency services to the community at current level. This levy would allow the City to maintain its Advanced Life Support Level I ambulance transport service and provide a police force of four officers, one sergeant and a police chief. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses  Measure 20-308 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote to continue to provide police and critical emergency services to the community that would otherwise be reduced without this levy or revenue from other sources. 

A "Yes" vote supports authorizing Oakridge City Council to impose $2.73 per $1,000 of assessed value for five years for public safety and emergency services. 

A "No" vote opposes authorizing the Metro Council to impose $2.73 per $1,000 of assessed value for five years for public safety and emergency services. Absent a levy or revenue from other sources, the City would have to find reductions in the city budget and absent additional tax revenue, these services would have to be reduced to provide a balanced budget. 

Sweet Home Library Five-Year Operating Levy Renewal 
City of Sweet Home, Measure 22-184 

This five year levy would continue to support the public library with an annual property tax levy of $1.17 per $1,000 to maintain current services beginning in fiscal year 2022. This measure renews current local option taxes. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 22-184 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote to continue to fund the Sweet Home library to keep up with the community’s need for essential services and programs. 

A "Yes" vote supports retaining Sweet Home’s library services operating levy. 

A "No" vote opposes retaining Sweet Home’s library services operating levy. 

Five-Year Local Option Levy for Children’s Safety Services 
Clackamas County, Measure 3-564
https://yesforclackamaskids.org/about-the-measure/

This five-year levy would impose $0.15 per $1,000 assessed value to fund the Clackamas Children’s Safety Fund dedicated to providing a full array of child abuse and neglect prevention and child safety services for Clackamas County children and youth impacted by violence, abuse or neglect. 

Oregon AFSCME endorses Measure 3-564 and encourages a ‘Yes’ vote to fund critical programs and services to keep vulnerable children and youth safe. 

A “Yes” vote supports authorizing Clackamas County to impose  $0.15 per $1,000 of assessed value for five years for child abuse and neglect prevention and child safety services. 

A “No” vote opposes authorizing Clackamas County to impose  $0.15 per $1,000 of assessed value for five years for child abuse and neglect prevention and child safety services.