By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Lawmakers have authored HJR 201 which would create Oregon’s first ever statewide property tax and use it to fund public safety. HJR 201 would allow this statewide tax to be exempt from current limits on property taxes — Measure 5’s (1992) rate limit and Measure 50’s (1997) assessment limit. HJR 201 would be a referral to voters.
Politicians recklessly create crime wave.
In 2017, liberal lawmakers passed a bill (HB 3708) to reduce prison time for thieves, which includes property, ID, and auto theft. Portland released scores of Oregon’s worst car thieves onto the streets, and only two years later, the city was ranked the fifth highest city in America for car thefts. (KPTV 3/2/23)
Also in 2017, liberal lawmakers passed a bill reducing prison time for hard drugs. Three years later, the drug legalization lobby pushed forward a statewide ballot measure decriminalizing virtually all hard drugs (cocaine, heroin, meth). The measure helped direct hundreds of millions of tax dollars toward treatment services, but it took the Oregon bureaucracy nearly three years to make most of the money available. Only 50 out of 382,000 Oregon addicts received help using M110 funds. A big sham.
Portland defunded its police department by nearly $15 million and cut 100 staff positions. At the same time, the city ended its gun violence response task force because of liberal complaints that enforcing gun laws disproportionately affected minorities. Following these changes, homicides have spiked by 88%, and Portland saw the highest increase in homicides in America in 2020. After the Portland riots, super-liberal District Attorney Mike Schmidt dropped 70% of riot charges (665 total). (Oregonian 10/6/20)
Releasing 1,000 criminals early
Then Oregon Governor Kate Brown gave 1,000 inmates early release from prison between 2020 and 2022. In complete secrecy, Gov. Brown conducted Zoom call interviews to chat with criminals behind bars and offer them early release. Both crime victims and prosecutors (who knew the cases well) were kept out of the process.
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