May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
By J.L. Wilson
Associated Oregon Industries
Unions are also in the cross-hairs with three initiative petitions.
Right on the heels of the defeat of the $275 million tax package on the House Floor two weeks ago (which would have added $114 million in new taxes per biennium on C-Corps) Oregon’s public employee unions filed six new proposed ballot measures with the Secretary of State, all of which aim to increase taxes on Oregon’s C-corporations.
Here are the proposed measures which add to the Measure 67 tax hikes on C-Corps:
None of these proposals have been assigned initiative petition numbers yet because they have yet to be assigned ballot titles and summaries from the Attorney General’s office. As such, none of these petitions have yet to be approved for circulation.
But three ballot measures which have been filed – and have been assigned initiative petition numbers – would seek to stop the practice of forced membership and forced political involvement of public employee union members.
Initiative Petition 9 is a statutory measure that prohibits the compulsory payment of union dues by public employees who choose not to join a union. Otherwise known as a “right to work” law, it would apply only to public sector unions. If it receives the required 87,000 signatures, the measure could appear on the November 2014 ballot.
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