Gov. Kitzhaber eyes divisive ballot measures

Gov. John Kitzhaber is negotiating to keep two sets of inflammatory initiatives from becoming ballot measures in 2014 so they don’t threaten his plans to reform the state’s tax system in 2015. One set of three initiatives would effectively turn Oregon into a”right to work” state. They would apply only to public employment, but public unions are larger and more well organized in Oregon than private sector unions. The other two would forbid the state from collecting union dues or political donations through members’ paychecks, which would make it hard to collect dues at all. The other set of initiatives would raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals. They were all filed by Patrick Green, long-time executive director of Our Oregon, a coalition of left-leaning groups, including nearly all Oregon’s prominent unions.…eck=1


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