Apparently Oregon Democrats Don't Care About The Will of the People
Oregon's ballot measure system is about as close to governing by direct democracy as you can get. In November the voters of Oregon made their voices clearly heard on several issues, but from the actions recently taken by Governor Kate Brown and other groups on the left it seems that Democrats in Oregon either didn't hear those voices or did hear them only to blatantly disregard what they had to say.
Measure 96 dedicated a portion of the Oregon Lottery funds to services for veterans. Oregonians overwhelmingly approved the measure with 83 percent of voters supporting the measure and only 16 percent opposing. As one of the most popular ballot measures in Oregon history this measure received more votes than any politician in Oregon, including Governor Kate Brown. Unfortunately regardless of the people saying that they wanted more funds for veteran's services, in her proposed budget Kate Brown decided to raid the dollars dedicated to veterans in the general fund to the tune of 10 million dollars. Oregon voters passed Measure 96 so that we could increase the services we offer to veterans, not so the Governor could play a shell game with the dollars in the general fund.
Measure 98 passed 65 percent to 34 percent approving funding for career technical education and drop out prevention programs for Oregon high schoolers. Despite that Governor Brown's budget dedicates 53 percent less for those high school programs than the measure called for. Blatantly overriding the will of the people almost immediately after the measure was passed by not even allocating HALF of the dollars designated.
Finally Our Oregon and the public sector unions, the backers of Measure 97 who got their asses kicked at the ballot box 59 percent to 40 percent, in the most tone deaf move of all time rolled out what was essentially Measure 97-lite. After voters soundly rejected Our Oregon's plan to raise 6 billion dollars over two years, they decided that they would unveil a plan to raise (gasp) only 5 billion dollars over two years. In a time when Oregon state revenues are higher than they have ever been, it would be almost comical to see how hungry these groups are for tax payer dollars. It seems Our Oregon and the public sector unions seem unwilling to take no for an answer. After all of the money wasted on Cover Oregon, the Columbia River Crossing, and Business Energy Tax Credits it is no wonder that the people of Oregon are not willing to trust the government with a tax increase of this size. Although it should be said that Our Oregon's plan was not in coordination with Governor Kate Brown's office.
How about we focus on the actual cost drivers that are causing the budget gap, like the out of control PERS cost or the false promises of savings that were supposed to come under the Oregon Health Plan?
But why bother listening to the people when our betters in the Democratic Party of Oregon clearly know what is best for us.