As voting time draws near on whether or not Ballot Measure 30 will pass or fail I can't help but think of the implications if it does not pass. After the defeat of Measure 28 I personally lost just about all coverage the state had to offer me including my medical spend down program which paid for my medications, some of which I must pay for out of pocket soon as my patient assist program will run out due to one of the drugs going generic.
I have always felt that the people of Oregon were making an investment in me and that investment included me becoming stable and returning to work. This is not to say that all medically needy people will return to work, but to further cut programs in the area of human services would be disastrous for those who are truly in need.
The issue goes beyond human services though, it cuts across the board in education, public safety and other services that we all use and depend on as residents of this state. The proposed budget cuts caused by a failure of measure 30 would no longer be cuts, they would be amputations and jeopardize our state's infrastructure. I urge you to think carefully on this issue, and how it will effect your community as a whole. This is a long term investment in our future and for all Oregonians, choose wisely.
Gregg C. Swan