Senate Minority Whip Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, released the following statement:
“We have seen this session, Democrats decline to fully-fund the proposals voters approved, and we have seen them push for the proposals voters rejected, like a hidden sales tax. Now when they aren’t bypassing the Constitution to pass illegal taxes on the smallest businesses in Oregon, they are trying to shred the Constitution to permanently hijack elections so they can suppress voters and prevent voters from undoing the damage done this session by the Democrat-majority. It is a miracle to see media come out against this violence to the Constitution and our elections process.”
Linthicum has been disturbed to see the session devolve into hyperpartisan, “shame and blame” politics and slouchy political posturing. Linthicum said his constituents will not abide by the rampant lawlessness perpetuated this session, and that there is growing outrage in his district over the robbing of democracy by Democrats in the Legislature.
“If Oregonians don’t like what the Legislature and governor have approved, they can gather signatures to refer that matter to the ballot for a referendum. The Oregon Constitution even makes a special provision for tax measures, so that the Legislature cannot declare a tax an ’emergency’ so it can go into effect right away,” The Bend Bulletin
wrote in their editorial, “Don’t subvert the power of voters.”
The Bend Bulletin concluded:
“The simple truth is supporters of this amendment want to block voters from reversing legislative decisions. But it gets worse. The ballot title and explanatory statements that appear on the ballot and in the voter’s pamphlet are critical. Those carefully selected words can strongly influence voters. That’s why people fight over them.”