Voters will soon decide on controversial Measure 101 in special election

Oregonians will receive a ballot in the mail soon.

Posted: Jan. 1, 2018 7:47 PM
Updated: Jan. 1, 2018 7:52 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Ballots will be mailed out this week for the Jan. 23 special election.

The big issue on the ballot is Measure 101, which could impact insurance coverage for low-income residents.

State lawmakers passed a bill in July 2017 that would temporarily tax some hospitals and insurance companies to make up for a Medicaid funding shortfall.

However, one lawmaker got enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Now, voters will be asked to approve or reject the tax.

Supporters say a “yes” vote will preserve healthcare for low-income Oregonians. But opponents say approving Measure 101 would create a $330 million tax that would affect individuals, small employers, school districts, colleges and hospitals.

Find a list of drop box locations in our area here.

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