Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Supports Making the Tax System Fairer for Working and Middle-Class Families
Reprinted from the Voters Pamphlet
As a voice for many in the faith community and as a provider of social services, we add our support to Measures 66 and 67. We all have a solemn responsibility to care for those who cannot do so for themselves, especially in challenging economic times like these. We believe it is fair and just to ask corporations and the most prosperous Oregonians to do their part in helping us through these tough times.
Those of us who operate faith-based charities and non-profit organizations know that we cannot meet the needs that exist in Oregon without a strong government role in providing health care, affordable housing, job training and other services that provide hope and opportunity. Support from private donors and business partners do not provide enough resources to serve all of society’s most vulnerable populations. We need all of us to come together to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for all Oregonians.
Ballot Measures 66 and 67 help protect the most vulnerable Oregonians and secure adequate funding for public education, health care and public safety programs. The national economic crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. But it has hit society’s most vulnerable – the working poor, seniors and children – particularly hard.
Measures 66 and 67 protect services like early childhood education, residential care for seniors, Oregon Project Independence, and health care for working families. They also help to provide the solid foundation for quality public education that all of our children deserve.
We urge you to Vote Yes on Measures 66 and 67–the tax fairness package that secures Oregon’s future and protects those in need.
Join with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and faith leaders in voting Yes on Ballot Measures 66 and 67.