Multnomah County Beverage Tax
The Multnomah County Elections Office has finalized the ballot title and explanatory statement that can be read here. This is what will appear on the November 2017 Multnomah County ballot if proponents successfully gather the necessary amount of signatures to qualify this initiative. Proponents will need to collect 17,381 signatures of Multnomah County voters to qualify, and the County has asked petitioners to submit their signatures by July 25, 2017.
- Beverage taxes disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color, where grocery budgets are already tight
- This will hurt small businesses, especially those in the food and beverage industries, which already have their hands full adapting to new rules and regulations
- Revenue from a tax that will ebb and flow annually is not a stable nor dependable source of income for programs aiming to help citizens in the first place. Furthermore, other areas that have passed similar taxes have quickly seen suggestions that those tax dollars be diverted away from the original purpose. No safeguards exist in this initiative that would prevent these dollars being spent elsewhere
SB13 Tribal History
TRIBAL HISTORY IS OUR HISTORY
YOU CAN HELP CREATE CIVIC LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE BY TEACHING OUR SHARED TRIBAL HISTORY.
Oregon Senate Bill 13 will require the teaching of American Indian/Alaska Native History & Sovereignty in Oregon’s K-12 public schools.
#YesOnSB13 #NotJustNovember #OurTribalHistory
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Senate Bill 13 will require the teaching of American Indian/Alaska Native History & Sovereignty in k-12 public school in Oregon. It was introduced in January at the request of Governor Kate Brown, and Chief Education Officer Lindsey Caps. In addition, it has the support of the State Board of Education, Oregon Department of Education, the Government to Government Education Cluster, the Oregon Indian Education Association. the National Indian Education Association, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.
Our coalition believes Indian and non-Indian students who receive curriculum instruction about sovereign tribal nations, tribal histories, and respecting & upholding tribal sovereignty grow into members of a civically engaged body who know and understand how to better fulfill their roles as citizens & residents of the United States as well as sovereign nations and work with one another as local, state and national leaders.
For this reason we believe that SB13 is not a politically partisan issue, but a literacy issue. The time is right for foundations, businesses, and, nonprofits to support endeavors when government & lawmakers to come together with tribal communities and educators to ensure our future civic leaders graduate the k-12 system with the knowledge and skills to succeed.
The Oregon Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 13, which would develop curriculum for Oregon K-12 schools on tribal history and sovereignty, written from Native perspectives. This legislation fills a gap in our children’s education. Western States Center is a proud coalition member and the coalition convener for #YESonSB13