Measure 28 failed tonight!
With 70% of the vote counted these are the results:
No 494,509 or 56%
Yes 392,965 or 44%
More than 60% of all eligible voters in Oregon voted on this measure. The rural counties defeated it soundly. For instance Deschutes County defeated it No - 68% Yes - 32%
At 9:10 PM Multnomah county results with 28% of votes counted No -54% , Yes - 46%
What does this mean for Oregon? Well how about up a creek without a paddle...
The failure of Measure 28 will force the state to make $310 million in spending cuts on top of $700 million slashed from the budget last year.
Vital services will be cut all across Oregon. These include education, human services, and public safety.
* Mentally and physically disabled people will lose their services
* the K-12 school year will be further shortened possibly by 15 more days
* higher education tutitions will be raised
* people will lose access to medication (many of these people cannot live on their own without these medications.
* mental health services will be further cut - many agencies have already laid off 25% of their staff
* drug/alcohol treatment centers will be closed
*some correction facilities will be closed or partially closed
*services will be cut that are provided by public defenders
Further budget cuts will take place on March 1 will have major impact on mental health and addiction treatment programs statewide. An estimated 118,000 people will lose access to treatment services, forcing many to leave current treatment centers unless they can the full cost.
Mental health services will be limited, and medications for those diagnosed with mental illnesses will no longer be covered by the Oregon Health Plan.
Services to seniors will be drastically cut. Some nursing facilities will have to close. Seniors who live in their homes and need in-home care will lose their services placing them in jeopordy of harm or neglect. Nearly 4,200 Oregon seniors and people with disabilities are being advised to prepare for an end of Medicaid-paid services on Feb. 1. More notices will go out mid-Feb.
Services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities will be reduced and day-care assistance for low-wage working families will be cut.
Pending State Budget Cuts...
The following cuts have ALREADY BEEN APPROVED by the legislature if Ballot Measure 28 fails:
? $95 million reduction in basic school funding, forcing local school districts to either layoff teachers, shorten the school year or increase class size.
? $3.1 million in early intervention for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers with disabilities. Services to 785 children would be eliminated, possibly setting up the state for a federal lawsuit.
? $40.9 million to the university and community college systems.
? $21.6 million reduction achieved by closing five state prisons, releasing 3,360 inmates and laying off 923 Department of Corrections staff.
? $7 million reduction in grants to counties; counties may in turn return local inmates to state custody.
? $3 million reduction to the Oregon State Police, including 322 OSP positions.
? $4.7 million reduction to the Oregon Youth Authority, eliminating 250 OYA beds at four facilities statewide.
? $8 million reduction to the Oregon court system, closing most courts on Fridays.
? $20.6 million reduced from long-term medical care for over 11,000 senior citizens.
? $1.5 million reduced by eliminating Oregon Project Independence.
? $11.8 million in eliminated services to 5,512 Oregonians with developmental disabilities, possibly causing federal lawsuits.
? $8.7 million reduction for certain services, including treatable cancer, for all 438,000 Oregon Health Plan clients.
? $7.2 million reduction for over 118,000 people currently eligible for other Oregon Health Plan benefits.
? $3.3 million eliminated from assistance to 2,7000 low-income people with disabilities.
? $1.5 million cut in employment-related child care.
? $544,000 reduction in community health aid for 10,5000 Oregonians not on Medicaid.
? $667,000 eliminated for 122 adult mental health treatment beds.
? $1.1 million eliminated from the 115 alcohol and drug treatment beds state
Sources for this article: The Oregon Voter's Pamphlet, The Recovery Association Project, Addiction Counselors Certification board of Oregon.