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What will the measure do?

Measure 97 increases the corporate minimum tax for the largest corporations doing business in Oregon — C Corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales. By law the measure dedicates new revenue to schools, health care and senior services.

By raising the corporate minimum tax for some of the world’s largest corporations, we can invest in the Oregon that working families deserve.

Why do we need to raise taxes on large and out-of-state corporations?

Oregon families deserve good schools and affordable health care. We have the 4th lowest high school graduation rate in the nation; nearly 300,000 Oregonians lack health coverage; and more and more seniors are retiring into poverty.

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Our schools and services are suffering because large corporations like Comcast, Monsanto, and Bank of America pay lower taxes here than anywhere else in the country.  

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By increasing the minimum tax for the world’s largest corporations, we can improve our graduation rates, make health care more affordable, and allow seniors to stay in their homes longer.

Who will pay the tax?

Only the largest corporations doing business in Oregon — C corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales — will pay the new minimum tax. In fact, a report by the Legislative Revenue Office shows that 85% of the revenue raised by the measure will be paid by corporations with more than $100 million in Oregon sales. These are some of the largest corporations in the world.

The vast majority of the more than 400,000 active businesses in Oregon will be unaffected by this measure. In fact, less than one quarter of 1% of all businesses operating in the state will see their taxes go up.

What investments will A Better Oregon allow us to make?

By asking large and out-of-state corporations to pay their fair share in Oregon taxes, we could build a truly better Oregon! We could boost our graduation rates, make health care more accessible, and enable more seniors to stay in their homes longer.

We could dramatically improve the quality of our kids’ education. We could hire back 7,500 teachers, reduce class sizes, and restore critical days of instruction. With all that, we’ll finally be able to improve our high school graduation rates.

With our measure in place, we could decrease out-of-pocket costs and ensure that health coverage is more affordable for Oregon families. Everyone deserves access to early and effective care, and we will finally be able to make that a reality.

We could help thousands of Oregon seniors stay in their homes longer. Our measure would more than double the number of seniors receiving in-home care.

What groups are involved in this measure?

A Better Oregon is a coalition of parents, teachers, health care workers, business owners, and community leaders who have come together to fight for the schools and services Oregon needs.

Some coalition partners include the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, Unite Oregon / Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), First Unitarian Economic Justice Committee, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Lane County, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Bridgeport United Church of Christ, Human Services Coalition of Oregon (HSCO), Children First for Oregon, Upstream Public Health, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, Causa Oregon, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition, Rural Organizing Project, Oregon Working Families Party, Oregon Health Equity Alliance, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), Oregon Consumer League, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Oregon School Nurses Association, Oregon PTA (Parent Teacher Association), American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Oregon, Oregon Education Association, SEIU Service Employees International Union, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Nurses Association, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555. Visit our coalition page to see the full list of coalition partners.

How can I support the campaign?

Join us and help us win! The easiest thing you can do is simply sign up for campaign updates. We’ll make sure to keep you up to speed on what’s coming next for the campaign, and let you know how you can get involved.

If you’re interested in a higher level of involvement, sign up to volunteer! There are plenty of ways to get involved between now and Election Day.

How can my organization support the campaign?

There are several opportunities for your organization to support the campaign.

You can request a presentation — we’ll send a representative from our coalition to give you the scoop about A Better Oregon.

Your organization can also formally endorse A Better Oregon. As an endorser, you’ll be one of the first to know about important campaign events and other opportunities. Click here to complete our endorsement form.