2018 ELECTION: ORLA POSITION STATEMENTS
State Ballot Measures
The landscape of this year’s election looks different from years past. As Oregon voters, we have less issues to educate ourselves on, and more opportunity to find common ground in support of three state measure that should have broad bipartisan support. Measures 102, 103, and 104 are all being supported by ORLA and we hope you take a moment to read more about our opinions and the unique opportunity we have this election cycle to rally in support of these efforts.
In addition, we hope you will join us in voting no on Measure 105. Immigration reform must be addressed at the federal level and ORLA will continue to advocate for uniform and consistent policies across our great nation relating to immigration. Measure 105 is not the answer.
Measure 102 – Workforce Housing a Must for Oregon’s Hospitality Industry
Measure 102 is an important, bipartisan measure referred by the Oregon Legislature that will give communities across Oregon greater flexibility to create the housing they need. By allowing local governments to partner with non-profit and private housing providers, any bond dollars they raise specifically for workforce housing will be able to go further, creating more affordable homes.
> Read ORLA's position to vote Yes on Measure 102
> Pledge to Vote Yes on 102
Measure 103 – Keep Our Groceries Tax Free
The “Keep Our Groceries Tax Free” measure is designed to help keep groceries from being taxed in the future as part of a gross receipts tax. It also has the potential to include restaurants and prohibit meals taxes and sugary beverages taxes from being enacted in the future across the state.
> Read ORLA's position to vote Yes on Measure 103
> Vote Yes on 103 to Keep Our Groceries Tax Free campaign
Measure 104 – End Easy Tax Hikes
The Oregon Constitution requires a three-fifths “super-majority” vote for any tax increases to pass the Oregon Legislature. Unfortunately, some politicians are choosing to violate the spirit of the Constitution by voting to remove tax exemptions or credits with a simple majority vote and claiming the removal of such does not constitute a tax increase. Ballot Measure 104 looks to address this loophole by requiring any increase or change to any tax, fee or other source of revenue be subject to the three-fifths supermajority vote.
> Read ORLA's position to vote Yes on 104
> Vote Yes on 104 and End Easy Tax Hikes campaign
Measure 105 - Vote No to Keep the Law in Place
Measure 105 would repeal the state law which forbids state agencies, including law enforcement, from using state resources or personnel to detect or apprehend persons whose only violation of the law is that of federal immigration law. ORLA policy, which has been in place for several years, is that Immigration is a national issue and ORLA supports the viewpoint that reform should be addressed at the federal level, not in a piecemeal approach by individual states.
> Read ORLA's position to vote No on 105
> Vote No on 105 campaign
Portland's Gross Receipts Tax
On the ballot this fall is a proposal for a 1% tax on local gross receipts of larger corporations in Portland. Measure 26-201 creates a tax on the sale of many goods and services within the City of Portland. While supporters claim the tax will be paid by businesses, it will simply be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. Portland is becoming unaffordable, and a new tax on sales will only make it harder to make ends meet. Vote No on Measure 26-201, a Tax on Portland Sales. A new economic study finds that a measure creating a new gross receipts tax within the City of Portland will cost households an average of $166 in the form of higher costs for goods and services. Download the study here.
Regulations Requiring Multi-Modal Access to Restaurant Drive-Through Windows
ORLA has serious concerns about the recently enacted regulations requiring restaurant businesses to serve cyclists and pedestrians through the drive-through window during certain times. Specifically, Ordinance No. 188958, which became effective May 24, 2018, requires Portland restaurants to serve cyclists and pedestrians through a drive-through window any time that service is restricted to the drive through. This ordinance poses a threat to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists and presents significant operational challenges for our members. Read ORLA's letter (pdf) to the City of Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission requesting that the ordinance be reconsidered.