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Editorial: Our positions on the state measures

Editorial: Our positions on the state measures

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The Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The current building was constructed in 1938 after a fire in April 1935 destroyed the capitol building constructed in 1876.

With today's editorial, the Gazette-Times finishes its recommendations on the seven statewide measures on the Nov. 8 ballot. Here's a reminder of where the paper stands on all seven:

• Measure 94: Eliminates mandatory retirement age for state judges. We recommend a "yes" vote on this measure, which eliminates an antiquated, unfair and unnecessary mandatory retirement age for Oregon's judges.

• Measure 95: Allows investments in equities by public universities. We recommend a "yes" vote on this measure, which clarifies earlier legislation granting the state's public universities greater autonomy.

• Measure 96: Dedicates 1.5 percent of state lottery net proceeds to fund support services for Oregon veterans. We reluctantly recommend a "no" vote: These programs for veterans can use the money, but legislators can allocate the additional money without tapping again into the lottery piggy bank.

• Measure 97: Increases corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million. We recommend a "no" vote on this poorly conceived measure, which will end up costing Oregon consumers.

• Measure 98: Requires state funding for dropout prevention, career and college readiness programs. We reluctantly recommend a "no" vote: See the above editorial.

• Measure 99: Creates an "Outdoor School Education Fund," continuously funded through lottery proceeds, to provide Outdoor School programs statewide. We recommend a "no" vote, as this fund would siphon away money used for economic development efforts statewide.

• Measure 100: Prohibits purchase or sale of parts of productions from certain wildlife species. We recommend a "yes" vote; the measure by itself won't put much of a dent into the worldwide market for poached wildlife products, but it could help send a message to other jurisdictions. 


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