BY MARISSA WOLTANSKI
Oregon’s community colleges can breathe a sigh of relief: Measures 66 and 67 have passed.
The measures were passed by 54 percent and 53 percent, respectively. However, both Jackson and Josephine Counties voted against the measures.
“As a result of Tuesday’s election we won’t have to make cuts this academic year,” RCC President Peter Angstadt said.
Since there were no guarantees about where the legislators were going to make cuts, RCC remained somewhat up in the air about how much we could potentially face in terms of cuts, Angstadt said.
Student Body President Matt Vorderstrasse is concerned that the passage of these measures may create a “brain drain” wherein RCC graduates are forced to leave Oregon due to a lack of job prospects.
“If the ‘no’ side is right, if [the measures are] job-killing, what are we sending our students out to?”
Measures 66 and 67 will increase taxes on individuals making over $150,000, couples making a combined $250,000, increase the corporate minimum tax to $150, increase the tax rate on profits for C-corporations, and introduce a tax on gross sales for some C-corporations. Oregonians receiving unemployment benefits will also receive a tax break on the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits they receive.