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INITIATIVE PETITIONS 27, 28, and 29 (2020)

Public Assistance Protection Acts (II, III, and IV)

Initiative Petitions 27, 28, and 29 each take a different approach to address the issue of large corporations relying on Oregon's public assistance programs to support their workers.  Each measure assesses large corporations in Oregon (over 100 employees and in certain industries) for the assistance, and then either refunds the money to taxpayers or re-invests in programs.

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Measure Information

Oregon Secretary of State Information (with link to text) : IP 27 | IP 28 | IP 29

Chief Petitioner: Jeff Anderson

Major Support: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555

Type: Statutory

Measure Text

Initiative Petition #27

Public Assistance

Protection Act II

 

The amount charged to big businesses is based on an estimate from the State Economist.

The money is returned directly to taxpayers each year, with each taxpayer getting an equal amount.

Initiative Petition #28

Public Assistance

Protection Act III

 

The amount charged to big businesses is based on an estimate from the State Economist.

The money is used for things like health care, K-12 school repairs, and paying down the State’s debt.

Initiative Petition #29

Public Assistance

Protection Act IV

 

The amount charged is based on the actual amount of public assistance used, as determined by the Department of Revenue.

The money is returned directly to taxpayers each year, with each taxpayer getting an equal amount.

IP 27:

Public Assistance Protection Act II

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

FINDINGS AND EXPLANATION

    SECTION 1. The People of the State of Oregon find:
    (a) Public assistance programs like food stamps or the Oregon Health Plan are a vital social safety net for many Oregonians.
    (b) These public assistance programs need to be there for people who really need them, not just to pad corporate profits.
    (c) Large corporations shouldn’t be rewarded when their employees are forced to rely on these programs.
    (d) THIS MEASURE removes such incentives.
    (e) Each year, large corporations (over 100 employees) will be charged for the amount of public assistance programs used by their employees (Section 3).  Then, those corporations will pay a special assessment alongside their taxes that is REIMBURSED directly to taxpayers (Section 2).
    (f) This measure PAYS FOR ITSELF because Section 2 provides that the expenses of this program can be paid from the money taken in.

PERSONAL TAXPAYER REIMBURSEMENT

    SECTION 2. (1) Each year, the Department of Revenue shall apportion and remit to each Oregon personal taxpayer an amount equal to the funds collected through the assessment described in Section 3 of this Act for the previous year divided by the total number of Oregon personal taxpayers.
    (2) For the purposes of calculating the amount described in subsection (1) of this section:
    (a) Joint personal income tax filers are considered two personal taxpayers, and;
    (b) State agencies may be reimbursed for the costs of implementing this act out of assessed funds prior to the calculation being made.

BIG BUSINESSES CHARGED FOR USE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

    SECTION 3. (1) Each biennium, the Office of Economic Analysis shall prepare an estimate of the projected total cost of income-based public assistance to a particular individual and their dependents based on the income level of the individual.
    (2) There is hereby imposed upon every subsidized large business for each tax year an assessment equal to the number of Oregon resident employees of the subsidized large business multiplied by the projected cost estimate described in subsection (1) of this section for the median income level of that subsidized large business’ Oregon resident employees.
    (3) For the purposes of this Act, “subsidized large business” means a business that:
    (a) Employs, either directly or through subsidiaries or franchises, more than 100 employees worldwide, and
    (b) Is primarily engaged in retail, food service, hospitality, distribution, or call center services.
    (4) For the purposes of this section, “income-based public assistance” means:
    (a) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program described in ORS 411.825,
    (b) The Oregon Supplemental Income Program described in ORS 411.706,
    (c) The State Family Pre-SSI/SSDI program described in 412.014,
    (d) The Health Care for All Oregon Children program described in ORS 414.231, 
    (e) Funds from titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act (Medicaid) disbursed by the Oregon Health Authority under the authority in ORS 414.033, and
    (f) General assistance payments described in ORS 411.710.

 

    SECTION 4. (1) The Department of Revenue is authorized to prescribe and prepare such rules, regulations, forms and tables as are necessary to place this Act in operation.
    (2) Notwithstanding any other sections of law, all state agencies are instructed to take such action and to share such information as is necessary to carry out the provisions of this act, allowing that:
    (a) The sharing of such information does not create the ability to inspect a public record that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under ORS 192, and;
    (b) If the necessary sharing of any information is restricted by Federal law, the State shall seek whatever notifications, waivers or allowances are required in order to do so or perform other such actions as would allow the implementation of this measure.
    
    SECTION 5. This Act applies to tax years beginning after December 31, 2021.

    SECTION 6. The unit captions used in this Act are provided only for the convenience of the reader and do not become part of the statutory law of this state.

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IP 28:
Public Assistance Protection Act III

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

FINDINGS AND EXPLANATION

 

    SECTION 1. The People of the State of Oregon find:
    (a) Public assistance programs like food stamps or the Oregon Health Plan are a vital social safety net for many Oregonians.
    (b) These public assistance programs need to be there for people who really need them, not just to pad corporate profits.
    (c) Large corporations should have to pay their fair share when their employees have to use these programs.
    (d) THIS MEASURE will do just that.
    (e) Every two years, the State Economist will make an estimate of income-based public assistance being used by large corporations (Section 4).  Then, those corporations will pay a special assessment alongside their taxes that is SET ASIDE SPECIFICALLY for certain programs and uses.
    (f) These uses are detailed in Section 3, and include K-12 funding, local health care needs, fixing schools, and helping to pay pension obligations.
    (g) This measure pays for itself, because Section 2 provides that the expenses of this program can be paid from the money taken in.

PROTECTION OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

 

    SECTION 2. (1) The Public Assistance Protection Fund is created in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund.  Earnings of the fund accrue to the fund.  All moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Department of Revenue for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.
    (2) The fund shall consist of assessments described in Section 4 of this Act and from any other lawful source.
    (3) The Public Assistance Distribution Account is established within the Public Assistance Protection Fund. The Department shall administer this account in accordance with this Act and applicable laws.  The moneys in the Public Assistance Distribution Account are continuously appropriated for remittance described in Section 3 of this Act.
    (4) The following moneys shall be credited to the Public Assistance Distribution Account:
    (a) Moneys in the Public Assistance Protection Fund that are determined by the Department of Revenue to be available for apportionment and remittance according to Section 3 of this Act, after payment of the expenses of the Department for administering the provisions of this Act.
    (b) Other moneys received by the Department that are required by law to be credited to the Account.

    SECTION 3. (1) Each year, at a time set by the Department of Revenue, the Department shall apportion and remit the balance of the Public Assistance Distribution Account established in Section 2 of this Act according to the following distribution:
    (a) 25% of the balance shall be transferred to the Education Stability Fund created in Article XV of the Oregon Constitution;
    (b) 25% of the balance shall be transferred to the Oregon Health Authority for the purpose of providing need-based grants to county health programs;
    (c) 25% of the balance shall be transferred to the Department of Education for the purpose of providing grants to K-12 school districts for capital improvements and supplies;
    (d) 25% of the balance shall be transferred to the Public Employees Retirement Board to be applied against the liabilities of participating public employers, as defined in ORS 238.005, that are school districts.

RECOVERING CORPORATE WELFARE

    SECTION 4. (1) Each biennium, the Office of Economic Analysis shall prepare an estimate of the projected total cost of income-based public assistance to an individual and their dependents based on the income level of the individual.
    (2) There is hereby imposed upon every subsidized large business for each tax year an assessment equal to the number of Oregon resident employees of the subsidized large business multiplied by the projected cost estimate described in subsection (1) of this section for the median income level of that subsidized large business’ Oregon resident employees.
    (3) For the purposes of this Act, “subsidized large business” means a business that:
    (a) Employs, either directly or through subsidiaries, more than 100 employees worldwide, and
    (b) Is primarily engaged in retail, food service, hospitality, distribution, or call center services.
    (4) For the purposes of this section, “income-based public assistance” means a means-tested benefit paid or otherwise conveyed to an individual from or on the authority of the State of Oregon or one of its agencies or local government subdivisions, and includes but is not limited to:
    (a) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program described in ORS 411.825,
    (b) The Oregon Supplemental Income Program described in ORS 411.706,
    (c) The State Family Pre-SSI/SSDI program described in 412.014,
    (d) The Health Care for All Oregon Children program described in ORS 414.231, 
    (e) Funds from titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act (Medicaid) disbursed by the Oregon Health Authority under the authority in ORS 414.033, and
    (f) A proportional amount of the costs of administering such programs.

    SECTION 5. (1) The Department of Revenue is authorized to prescribe and prepare such rules, regulations, forms and tables as are necessary to place this Act in operation.
    (2) Notwithstanding any other sections of law, all state agencies are instructed to share such information as is necessary to carry out the provisions of this act, allowing that:
    (a) The sharing of such information does not create the ability to inspect a public record that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under ORS 192, and;
    (b) If the necessary sharing of any information is restricted by Federal law, the State shall seek whatever notifications, waivers or allowances are required in order to do so or perform other such actions as would allow the implementation of this measure.

 

    SECTION 6. This Act applies to tax years beginning after December 31, 2020.

 

    SECTION 7. (1) The unit captions used in this Act are provided only for the convenience of the reader and do not become part of the statutory law of this state.

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IP 29:
Public Assistance Protection Act III

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

FINDINGS AND EXPLANATION

    SECTION 1. The People of the State of Oregon find:
    (a) Public assistance programs like food stamps or the Oregon Health Plan are a vital social safety net for many Oregonians.
    (b) These public assistance programs need to be there for people who really need them, not just to pad corporate profits.
    (c) Large corporations shouldn’t be rewarded when their employees are forced to rely on these programs.
    (d) THIS MEASURE removes such incentives.
    (e) Each year, large corporations (over 100 employees) will be charged for the amount of public assistance programs used by their employees (Section 3).  Then, those corporations will pay a special assessment alongside their taxes that is REIMBURSED directly to taxpayers (Section 2).
    (f) This measure PAYS FOR ITSELF because Section 2 provides that the expenses of this program can be paid from the money taken in.

PERSONAL TAXPAYER REIMBURSEMENT

 

    SECTION 2. (1) Each year, the Department of Revenue shall apportion and remit to each Oregon personal taxpayer an amount equal to the funds collected through the assessment described in Section 3 of this Act for the previous year divided by the total number of Oregon personal taxpayers.
    (2) For the purposes of calculating the amount described in subsection (1) of this section:
    (a) Joint personal income tax filers are considered two personal taxpayers, and;
    (b) State agencies may be reimbursed for the costs of implementing this act out of assessed funds prior to the calculation being made.

 

BIG BUSINESSES CHARGED FOR USE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

 

    SECTION 3. (1) There is hereby imposed upon every subsidized large business for each tax year an assessment equal to the total amount of income-based public assistance payments made to its employees and to any minor child in an employee’s household over the course of that tax year.
    (2) Revenue from the assessment imposed by this chapter shall be paid over to the State Treasurer and used as described in Section 2 of this Act. 

    (3) For the purposes of this Act, “subsidized large business” means a business that:
    (a) Employs, either directly or through subsidiaries or franchises, more than 100 employees worldwide,
    (b) Is primarily engaged in retail, food service, hospitality, distribution, or call center services, and
    (c) Has employees who qualify for income-based public assistance.
    (4) For the purposes of this section, “income-based public assistance” means:
    (a) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program described in ORS 411.825,
    (b) The Oregon Supplemental Income Program described in ORS 411.706,
    (c) The State Family Pre-SSI/SSDI program described in 412.014,
    (d) The Health Care for All Oregon Children program described in ORS 414.231, 
    (e) Funds from titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act (Medicaid) disbursed by the Oregon Health Authority under the authority in ORS 414.033, and
    (f) General assistance payments described in ORS 411.710.

    SECTION 4. (1) The Department of Revenue is authorized to prescribe and prepare such rules, regulations, forms and tables as are necessary to place this Act in operation.
    (2) Notwithstanding any other sections of law, all state agencies are instructed to take such action and to share such information as is necessary to carry out the provisions of this act, allowing that:
    (a) The sharing of such information does not create the ability to inspect a public record that is otherwise exempt from disclosure under ORS 192, and;
    (b) If the necessary sharing of any information is restricted by Federal law, the State shall seek whatever notifications, waivers or allowances are required in order to do so or perform other such actions as would allow the implementation of this measure.
    
    SECTION 5. This Act applies to tax years beginning after December 31, 2021.

    SECTION 6. The unit captions used in this Act are provided only for the convenience of the reader and do not become part of the statutory law of this state.

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