Vote YES on measures 66 & 67 to keep vital Oregon services for seniors, education and people with disabilities. Visit http://www.voteyesfororegon.org for more information.
Ballots will begin arriving in less than a month, but most voters still don’t know there’s an important election in January that will decide the fate of Oregon’s schools and critical services.
The news over the last two weeks has made it crystal clear that Measures 66 and 67 will have a direct impact on the lives of every Oregonian. Last week, the Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office detailed specifically what critical services would likely have to be cut without the funding that Measures 66 and 67 provide. Here are just some of the news reports about what is at stake for Oregon’s students, seniors, and families:
“Among the projected cuts: more than 15,000 seniors with disabilities would lose Oregon Health Plan coverage; 3,000 families with two unemployed parents would lose monthly payments; and the Department of Corrections would close three prisons and release 1,600 inmates.” Associated Press, December 1
“Potential spending cuts, which lawmakers released late Monday, could reduce aid to public schools and universities, result in less help for families and seniors, close three Salem-area prisons and trigger layoffs of state troopers and court workers.” Salem Statesman Journal, December 1
“[S]pending cuts would likely mean less support for [university] courses and the elimination of faculty and staff positions. Given that the universities are experiencing the largest student enrollment levels in state history, such cuts could delay graduation for students, many of whom may drop out because of the higher cost of remaining enrolled while waiting to take required courses.” Eugene Register Guard, December 1
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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/
Inclusion Inc. is proud to be hosting a food drive to collect food items for the Oregon Food Bank from November 9th through December 18th. There will be a decorated bin by the front desk starting on November 11th where the goods can be placed.
The following is a list of the most wanted items for the Oregon Food Bank:
• canned meats (tuna, chicken and salmon, etc…)
• canned vegetables
• canned fruits
• canned and boxed meals (soup, macaroni and cheese, etc…)
• peanut butter
• canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils, etc…)
• pasta, rice, cereal
• 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
Any donations that you can make when you drop by Inclusion to support our efforts would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks as always for the great support you are for customers of Inclusion and the resources we utilize for them!
We are proud to announce Autumn Art Fair 2009, our 5th annual! Our fair features music and art by people with developmental disabilities and others from the community. All proceeds go to our Flex fund, which helps pay for things that customers otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to get. Come show your support!