The recession has hit Oregon hard. How we respond to it is a testament to who we are, as a people. Measures 66 & 67 are designed to protect those hit hardest by the economic crisis, particularly the many Oregonians who have been unemployed in 2009.
You may be surprised to learn that unemployment benefits are usually taxed like income. Measure 66 is designed to help. Measure 66 eliminates income taxes on the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits received last year, providing a break for over 270,000 Oregonians who were unemployed in 2009. This is real relief for those who have been hit hardest by the economic crisis.
Together, Measures 66 & 67 also protect:
- Community college job training programs and career centers.
- Affordable daycare for working parents.
- Temporary assistance for families in need.
- Health care through the Oregon Health Plan.