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Monday Conversation with Measure 30 opponent
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Monday Conversation with Measure 30 opponent

BY CRYSTAL BOLNER

Russ Walker Age: 36 Born: Houston, Texas. Education: Degree in political science at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Residence: Keizer. Family: Wife and three children. Occupation: Northwest Director of Citizens for a Sound Economy. Hobbies: Coaches wrestling at McNary High School and soccer at Boys & Girls Club. January 26, 2004

01/26/2004
Jobs, jail beds are at stake
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Jobs, jail beds are at stake

BY CARA ROBERTS MUREZ

PHOTO KOBBI R. BLAIR / Statesman Journal William Bruns (from left), Robert Gonzales and Samson Fernandez Jr. play spades in the G-pod at the Marion County jail. If Measure 30 fails, the pod might have to be shut down. January 25, 2004 If Measure 30 fails Feb. 3, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office could find itself experiencing a bit of deja vu and a loss of jail and supervision money. It nearly withdrew from the state’s community corrections program last year because of budget cuts.

01/25/2004
Measure 30 options are discussed
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Measure 30 options are discussed

BY STEVE LAW

PHOTO LORI CAIN / Statesman Journal Jim Barclay (left) and Doug Hovenden, mail operations workers for the state of Oregon, wash and fuel their truck Friday before putting it away for the night at the state Department of Administrative Services motor pool. The motor pool cut gas attendant jobs from their budget, leaving state employees to pump their own gas. January 24, 2004 West Salem resident Ralph Rollo said he’s sick and tired of “blackmail” from his elected leaders.

01/24/2004
Measure is for the people
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Measure is for the people

BY James Aiken

Voting no on Measure 30 does not get the results most Oregonians want. It does get a result that most wealthy individuals, corporations and anti-government individuals will benefit by. It does hurt many individuals and children in our state.

01/24/2004
No easy answers for budget problems
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No easy answers for budget problems

BY Editorial

There is no quick, painless solution to Oregon’s budget mess. Kevin Mannix, who kicked off the campaign against the Legislature’s budget-balancing package, doesn’t have one. Last month, the state Republican chairman unveiled a couple of dozen proposals to save the state $1 billion. But before the ink was dry, he backed off, acknowledging that some of those ideas weren’t necessarily good ones.

01/24/2004
Unions boost drive for tax plan
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Unions boost drive for tax plan

BY STEVE LAW

A surge of cash contributions from public employee unions is breathing more life into the Measure 30 campaign, enabling a flurry of radio ads to promote the $1.2 billion tax hike on the Feb. 3 ballot. Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show the Yes on 30 coalition raised $413,000 in the past month, with pledges for another $122,000. More than 80 percent came from a handful of public employee unions, while businesses provided a relatively tiny share.

01/23/2004
A setback to solving crime looms
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A setback to solving crime looms

BY JODY LAWRENCE-TURNER

PHOTO/LORI CAIN Shell casings are compared under a microscope to see whether they were fired from the same gun. January 23, 2004 Cuts planned for Oregon State Police Forensics Program if Measure 30 fails could diminish law enforcement’s ability to solve crimes and prosecutors’ ability to convict criminals. Evidence wouldn’t be processed in a timely manner, criminals would go uncharged and even the most violent crimes could take longer to solve.

01/23/2004
Wealthy would bear brunt of tax plan
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Wealthy would bear brunt of tax plan

BY STEVE LAW

LORI CAIN / PHOTO Wayne Brady carves a wooden rocking horse at Walker Studio. Brady, who is retired and owns rental properties that will be affected by a tax increase, opposes Measure 30. “I think if we just keep on feeding (legislators), they’re just going to keep on spending,” he said. Statesman Journal January 18, 2004 At $1.2 billion, the state tax package on the Feb. 3 ballot amounts to one of the biggest tax increases in Oregon history.

01/18/2004
Group looks beyond Measure 30
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Group looks beyond Measure 30

BY CARA ROBERTS MUREZ

Christine Ertl thinks Oregon treats its children abysmally. She wants better health care for children, more educational opportunities, safer neighborhoods and improved day care and after-school programs. As chairwoman of the Salem-Keizer chapter of Stand for Children, a citizen-based lobbying group, Ertl, the mother of two school-age children, gets passionate when she thinks about arguments that would limit funding for schools and services for children. She wants the trend to move in the other direction.

01/18/2004
Measure 30 a taxing debate
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Measure 30 a taxing debate

BY STEVE LAW

TIMOTHY J. GONZALEZ /PHOTO Dean Braa, a sociology professor at Western Oregon University, fears that rising tuition costs will price some students out of a college education. He supports Measure 30, which would spare deep cuts to education. Statesman Journal January 18, 2004 Barbara Prince’s husband has cancer and their mom-and-pop truck repair shop is losing money. They would face $1,000 in higher business taxes under the Legislature’s 2003 tax-increase plan, so they are voting “no” on the Feb. 3 referendum to ratify the new taxes.

01/18/2004

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