Salem, OR – The Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC) announced today that the Board of Directors unanimously endorsed Measure 103 and Measure 104. The decision to endorse both measures came as a result of a thorough vetting process by both the Board of Directors and the Government Affairs Council at their meeting held Friday, July 27th.
Measure 103 would prohibit state and local taxes on groceries. If approved, the measure would permanently block taxes on groceries without specific voter approval. Measure 104 requires a three-fifths legislative supermajority vote for any legislation that raises revenue, including fees or the elimination of tax exemptions, deductions, or credits. Both measures will appear on the November 2018 ballot.
“By supporting these measures, OSCC is standing with Oregon’s businesses and families” stated Linda Moholt, OSCC Board Chair. “Measure 103 protects working families, seniors and low-income households who can least afford a tax on everyday needs.
“By supporting Measure 104, we reaffirm the decision made by Oregon voters over 20 years ago, ensuring that any legislation that raises revenue requires a three-fifths majority vote. It will also ensure that there is bipartisan discussion and support for any new revenue for the state.”
The support of both these measures align with OSCC’s 2018 Legislative Priorities, which oppose any taxes and revenue raising not supported by the business community.
OSCC is organized to give a voice to the local business communities throughout Oregon in support of policies that enable business success, job growth and income growth in each of Oregon’s local communities. OSCC believes that a healthy business climate, and the jobs that such a business climate creates, is the key to building up local communities, adequately funding social services and making Oregon prosperous.