Oregon public employee unions placed Measure 97 on the November ballot, which would add a corporate gross annual sales tax. As you might imagine, companies that do business in the state are opposed, particularly because the measure doesn’t account for whether a corporation actually turns a profit on its gross sales.
NEA, AFT and their affiliates are the prime movers of the initiative, so far contributing in these amounts to two campaign committees:
NEA – $2 million
AFT – $510,000
Oregon Education Association – $1.8 million
AFT Oregon – $500,000
More money is on the way, at least from NEA. With all the focus on the presidential election, the unions’ activity at the state level is getting lost in the noise.