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on Measure 66
The practical effect of the measure in my business is that coupled with City of Portland and Multnomah County special taxes over the last few years and constant double digit increases in the cost of employee health care (15% this year) and a down economy we have been unable to raise prices and have had increased tax overhead. This year we had to offer the hourly staff an option, health care or a 2% raise. We left certain positions unfilled as they became vacant so avoided layoffs. We outsourced the work done by those in the vacant positions. That is something we resisted for ten years but had finally to give in. Those jobs went out of Portland and out of Oregon. We had to put these measures in place before the vote because we have to assume the measures will pass. The thought that this is only a tax increase on high wage earners or on "big corporations" is sophistry. The bite comes out of the middle class worker, like it or not. It has to. That is where the money is. The question for the middle class worker is "Do you want your employer to distribute the burden or do you want the State to do it?" The employer is likely the better choice so I favor the measure.
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