Amends Constitution: Dedicates Funds to Provide Health Care for Children, Fund Tobacco Prevention, through Increased Tobacco Tax
Oregon Ballot Measure - Measure 50
Election: General Nov. 1, 2007 (General)
Entitlements and the Safety Net
Minors and Children
Unemployed and Low-Income
This measure increases the tobacco tax and dedicates the new revenue to providing health care for children, low-income adults and other medically under-served Oregonians, and to funding tobacco prevention and education programs. The measure increases the tax on cigarettes by 84.5 cents per pack, and increases the tax on other tobacco products. The measure will fund the Healthy Kids Program created by the 2007 legislature to provide affordable health care for uninsured children. The measure will fund tobacco prevention programs, safety net clinics, rural health care and health care for Oregon's lowest income families and individuals through the Oregon Health Plan. If the measure does not pass, these health care programs will not be expanded, and the Healthy Kids Program will not become law.