Portland Business Alliance: 2018 Voter Guide



Portland Business Alliance: 2018 Voter Guide

This November, we encourage you to exercise your right to vote on important measures that impact the future of our region and state. Vote November 6!

Local measures:


The $652.8 million regional affordable housing bond ballot measure will increase the Portland metro region’s housing supply and address home affordability, which is a fundamental workforce issue, especially for low-income residents. The bond could permanently house as many as 12,000 people in the tri-county area, primarily serving families earning between 0-30 percent Median Family Income.

Learn more about Yes on 26-199 at www.YesforAffordableHousing.com.

Looking for lawn signs or other information from the Yes for Affordable Housing campaign? Stop by our office to pick some up!


The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative is a regressive 1 percent gross receipts tax on large retailers in Portland, generating up to $80 million/year for home weatherization projects. While the goal is laudable, Portlanders already pay a 6 percent public purpose fee on their utility bills for this purpose. This tax is poorly defined, and will directly impact low-income communities and small businesses in the form of higher prices for everyday goods and services.

Learn more about No on 26-201 at www.KeepPortlandAffordable.com.

Looking for lawn signs or other information from the Keep Portland Affordable campaign? Stop by our office to pick some up!

Statewide measures:


This state constitutional amendment will give local government jurisdictions more flexibility to work with nonprofit and private-sector partners on bond-financed affordable housing projects. The Alliance strongly supports this proposal. If approved, affordable housing bonds could yield significantly more places for people to live.

Learn more about Yes on 102 at www.YesforAffordableHousing.com.

Looking for lawn signs or other information from the Yes for Affordable Housing campaign? Stop by our office to pick some up!


The Alliance joins more than a hundred organizations around the state to oppose Ballot Measure 105, which aims to repeal Oregon’s 1987 sanctuary law. Repeal of the law would roll back Oregon’s commitment to making immigrant communities, an important part of the state’s workforce, safe from harassment.

Learn more about No on 105 at www.ORUnited.org.

Looking for lawn signs or other information from the Oregonians Against Profiling campaign? Stop by our office to pick some up!


All Alliance board endorsements require a two-thirds approval of board members present.