Some referendums stalling

Referendums on tax increases for health coverage and roads are struggling for support.

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While the campaign against the $733 million tax plan looks like it will succeed, referendums on tax increases to fund roads and expanded health coverage for children have not gained as much support.

There’s been a greater push by business groups to try to undo the $733 million tax hike than to block tax increases that would fund an expansion of health coverage to an additional 80,000 uninsured children and 35,000 low-income adults, and to pay for road improvement projects.

“It’s clear the business interests didn’t want to run against providing health care for little kids or creating better roads. What they want to run against is big government getting bigger,” said Jim Moore, a political science teacher at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Read the full story at The Daily Astorian.

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