Oregon Ballot Measure 62 (2008)
|Allocates 15% Of Lottery Proceeds To Public Safety Fund For Crime Prevention, Investigation, Prosecution.|
|Source: Oregon Secretary of State |
Oregon Ballot Measure 62 (2008) (formerly IRR 41) appeared on the November 4, 2008 general election ballot in Oregon. It was an initiated constitutional amendment dealing with the issue of where a percentage of profit from the Oregon State Lottery should go. The initiative, if it had passed, would have required that 15% of net lottery proceeds be deposited in a public safety fund. 50% of that fund would have been distributed to counties to fund grants for childhood programs, district attorney operations, and sheriff's investigations. The other 50% of the fund would have gone to Oregon State Police criminal investigations and forensic operations. It is expected that most of that money would have been diverted from schools.
The official ballot title is: Allocates 15% Of Lottery Proceeds To Public Safety Fund For Crime Prevention, Investigation, Prosecution
Measure 62 has become unofficially known as the "Oregon C.S.I. Measure".
Where the money would go:
- 20% for grants to counties to fund early childhood programs for children who are at risk;
- 50% to fund the criminal investigation and forensics operations (including crime lab) of the Oregon State Police to assist law enforcement throughout the state;
- 15% to provide grants to countries to supplement existing county appropriations for the operations of District Attorneys;
- 15% to provide grants to counties to supplement existing county appropriations for investigation and field operations of county sheriffs.
Estimated fiscal impact
The state's Financial Estimate Committee prepares estimated fiscal impact statements for any ballot measures that will appear on the ballot. The estimate prepared by this committee for Measure 62 says:
- Measure 62 would require public safety spending from the state lottery fund of $100 million in the first year, increasing in subsequent years depending on how much money goes into the state lottery fund from the sales of tickets in the Oregon state-sponsored lottery.,
Arguments in favor of Measure 62
Notable arguments made in favor of Measure 62 included:
- More money going into crime investigations will help reduce the backlog of investigations.
- Currently, some crimes in Oregon aren't investigated using modern forensic techniques because the resources don't exist.
- Rural counties especially need the help funding investigations.
- The money is needed to help stabilize funding for state police investigations.
Defend Oregon opposed Measure 62.
Arguments against Measure 62
Notable arguments made against Measure 62 include:
- It would divert money from the lottery that would otherwise go to schools.
- From the Oregonian's No on 62 endorsement: "Ballot Measure 62 is one more in a long line of gratuitous assaults on good government in Oregon. Ill-conceived and poorly crafted, the measure would rip millions of lottery dollars from where they are most needed -- Oregon classrooms -- and squander them in a hodgepodge of public safety causes."
Donors opposing Measure 62
Defend Oregon, as a committee, fought seven different ballot measures, and supported two others. As a result, it is not possible to discern how much of its campaign money was going specifically to defeat Measure 61. Altogether, the group raised over $6 million in 2008.
Major donations to the Defend Oregon group as of October 8 included:
- $4.1 million from the Oregon Education Association.,
- $100,000 from School Employees Exercising Democracy (SEED)
- $100,000 from the AFL-CIO.
- $50,000 from Oregon AFSCME Council 75.
Here is how Oregon's major newspapers endorsed on the measure.
|Corvallis Gazette Times||No|
|Coos Bay The World||No|
|Yamhill Valley News Register||No|
- Bradbury, Bill (4 November 2008). "Official Results – November 4, 2008 General Election" (Website). Elections Division. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
- Initiative summary
- OregonLive.com: "Two more initiatives qualify for Ore. ballot", The Oregonian, July 21, 2008
- Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Ballot Measure 62: 'The Oregon: C.S.I. Measure'", September 29, 2008
- Estimated fiscal impact statement for Oregon Measure 62
- Register Guard, "Digging deeper into state ballot measures", August 7, 2008
- Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Measure 62: Lottery Funds", September 8, 2008
- Basic Rights Oregon, "This Election Season Make Sure to Vote No on Measures 59, 62 and 64!"
- Campaign finance history of Defend Oregon for 2008
- Record of donations to Defend Oregon
- Oregon Live, "Teachers, nurses add $2.5 million to campaigns", September 10, 2008
- The Oregonian, "OEA puts $4 million into ballot measure fight", October 8, 2008
- Oregonian, "School workers add $100,000 to campaign", August 25, 2008