OPB's program "Think Out Loud" is focusing today on Measure 62, a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allocate 15% of lottery funds to public safety for crime prevention, investigation and prosecution.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is urging a "NO" vote on this proposal. I serve as a member of EMO's public policy committee. Here's why we recommend a no vote:
By dedicating 15% of lottery funding to crime program - despite recent funding increases for state police- this measure would significantly reduce funding available for education, economic development and natural resource programs. This is a shell game that creates no new revenue for badly underfunded programs, but simply writes into the state constitution a permanent preference for funding for law enforcement over funding for education, economic development and environmental protection.
Measure 62 is bad public policy that would have a long-term negative effective on Oregon's future.