Argument in Opposition
City Club of Portland Recommends a No Vote on Measure 96
Support Veterans, not a Constitutional Amendment Restricting Funding
Why was Measure 96 proposed?
Measure 96 would potentially help address critical gaps for veterans in the areas of education, health, mental health, housing, employment, transportation and welfare. It is intended to fund outreach efforts, enabling veterans and their families to connect to and access the federal benefits they have earned. It would also help generate economic and educational opportunities for veterans, particularly for those who are re-integrating into society after their service.
Why vote NO?
- While gaps in veterans’ services must be closed, the permanent dedication of state funds to veterans’ services through Constitutional amendment interferes with the legislature’s ability to create a balanced budget. Two prior city club reports – in 1996 and 2008 – cautioned against using the initiative system for funding measures, especially when locking spending into the Constitution.
- Using the lottery to fund veterans’ services means fewer resources could go to other projects already receiving unrestricted lottery funds, such as education.
- Proponents anticipate a high rate of return on investment in the form of benefit money from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. However, Measure 96 does not contain a specific mechanism for generating new funds.
- Measure 96 does not specifically identify if the 1.5 percent of lottery proceeds will be added to the ODVA’s budget or will replace the general fund dollars currently allocated to it.
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(This information furnished by Mike Marshall, Executive Director / City Club of Portland.)