Alliance challenges Portland State University payroll tax



Alliance challenges Portland State University payroll tax

A citizens committee filed an initiative for the November 2016 ballot that would establish a payroll tax on employers within the Metro boundary to support scholarships, advisors and faculty at PSU.
A citizens committee filed an initiative for the November 2016 ballot that would establish a payroll tax on employers within the Metro boundary to support scholarships, advisors and faculty at PSU. In response, the Alliance filed two petitions with Multnomah County Circuit Court. The first asserts that the initiative does not comply with the state constitution, which states that an initiative can only cover one subject. The second challenges the ballot title as drafted for not accurately describing the initiative. The Alliance supports a strong PSU, and we agree that the issue of student affordability must be addressed. But student affordability affects students attending colleges and universities throughout Oregon, not just Portland State.