Educators Go Door-to-Door Today to Urge their Neighbors to Pass Tax Fairness Measures

Jan 09, 2010, 10:14 ET from Oregon Education Association

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Educators often make home visits to talk with parents about their student's progress. Today they will take the "home visit" concept one step further -- and will go door-to-door in their communities to talk with voters about the impact of further cuts to schools if two tax fairness measures, Measures 66 and 67, aren't passed.

"Passing Measures 66 and 67 ensures corporations and the rich pay their fair share to ensure students receive the education they need to compete in a 21st century global economy," said Gail Rasmussen, an educator from Eagle Rock and president of the Oregon Education Association."

Measures 66 and 67 make Oregon's tax system fairer and protect critical education services. Passage of the measures safeguards nearly $285 million for K-12 education by raising the corporate minimum tax from $10 to $150 for the first time since 1931 and increasing the tax rates on household income above $250,000. Currently more than two thirds of corporations doing business in Oregon pay just $10 a year in the corporate minimum income tax. The measures also protect $24.4 million for Oregon's community colleges, preventing tuition and fee increases and $39.9 million for the Oregon University System, keeping higher education and professional training accessible.

Ballots must be returned by Jan. 26, 2010.

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WHO: Educators are making house calls on Saturday to urge their friends and neighbors to Vote yes on Measures 66 and 67.

WHERE: Before going door-to-door, educators will gather at the following locations: Note start times vary.

Portland, Portland Association of Teachers: 345 NE 8th Portland,

Salem, Oregon Education Association: 2540 Coral Avenue NE, Salem,

Eugene/Springfield: 2815 Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR

Bend: Bend High School 230 NE 6th Street, Bend, OR

Medford, Oregon Education Association: 2495 South Pacific Highway, Medford OR

CONTACT: Cynthia Kain, 202-213-5971 (cell) or

The Oregon Education Association represents 48,000 educators statewide, including K-12 classroom teachers and education support professionals -- school secretaries, counselors, nurses, custodians and other school employees, as well as faculty at Oregon's community colleges.

SOURCE Oregon Education Association