The Gazette-Times' Aug. 31 editorial on Measure 97 fundamentally does a disservice to Oregon students, families and voters. The editorial completely misses the tremendous need for Measure 97, including the fact that Oregon has the fourth lowest high school graduation rate in the nation with increasing numbers of seniors living in poverty and thousands of children that are still uninsured.
Despite all of the evidence, it seems as if we could still endlessly debate about whether or not Measure 97 would hurt consumers, simply by holding corporations accountable. However, economists agree that corporate taxes have no effect on consumer prices. The price of a box of cereal or television costs the exact same at Walmart in Alaska or North Dakota, the states with the highest corporate taxes, as they do here in Oregon, where we rank dead-last in corporate taxes.
We can argue forever about whether or not corporations should pay their fair share in taxes. But we know that Measure 97 would generate $3 billion a year that would be allocated to public education, health care and senior services by law.
Measure 97 is a much-needed solution that will provide our children with the quality education they deserve and assures a high quality of life for every Oregonian for years to come.
Corvallis (Sept. 2)