Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67!

Vote “Yes” For People with Developmental Disabilities!

The Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition supports YES vote on Measures 66 and 67

Many people do not know this yet, but the State of Oregon has been in a budget cutting process this month.  Seniors and People with Disabilities just released a preliminary cut list of what will happen if two measures getting voted on January 26 fail.  This Special Election on January 26 will either help maintain planned services OR cause extensive cuts if the measures fail.  Here is a short list of some of the cuts that impact people with developmental disabilities.

ELIMINATE ALL SUPPORT BROKERAGES ON JANUARY 1, 2011

ELIMINATE THE FAIRVIEW HOUSING TRUST FUND

ELIMINATE ALL DD EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY INCLUSION

ELIMINATE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

REDUCE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES RESIDENTIAL RATES 10%

Passing these measures will help keep services such as the brokerage system and other supports funded.  What can you do?  Register to vote, learn about the issues, and vote in the election!

Passing the measures will:

*Increase corporate minimum income tax for the first time since 1931 from $10 to $150

*Increase the tax rate on corporate profits above $250,000 by 1.3%

*Increase the tax rate on personal income above $250,000 for couples by 1.8%

*Protect services to people with developmental disabilities

*Protect over 15,000 jobs in the developmental disabilities community alone

97.5% of taxpayers will NOT see their taxes increased and Oregon will still have the 5th lowest corporate taxes in the nation, lower than any other West Coast state.

These measures protect nearly $730 million in vital services like brokerages, education, and public safety for all citizens. In this time of economic crisis, we must protect those who have been hit the hardest — including people with disabilities.  Remember to vote and VOTE YES on measures 66 and 67!

For further information see:   http://voteyesfororegon.org/

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