2B ❚ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 ❚ APPEAL TRIBUNE Voters pass health care tax measure Connor Radnovich Salem Statesman Journal USA TODAY NETWORK In a referendum pitting new taxes against health care coverage, Orego- nians voted Jan 23 to back the Legisla- ture's plan for keeping 350,000 low-in- come residents on the Oregon Health Plan. According to unofficial election re- turns, 60.8 percent of voters supported Measure 101, while 39.1 percent voted against. Statewide voter turnout was at 32.4 percent, according the Secretary of State's website. "I’m especially proud of our state to- night," Gov. Kate Brown said in a state- ment. "The voters have said loud and clear that everyone deserves access to affordable health care." The law, passed during the 2017 legis- lative session, was referred to voters by a handful of Republican lawmakers who saw the taxes as unfair. The state estimates that the referred portions of the law account for between $210 million and $320 million in state revenue, the loss of which could have resulted in possible reduction of federal funds by between $630 million and $960 million. The taxes will be paid by health insurance companies and some hospitals "I don't know that we're going to close the gap," said "no" campaign leader Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn. "They're go- ing to win, ultimately." Lawmakers crafted the legislation to maintain health insurance coverage for about 350,000 Oregonians on the Ore- gon Health Plan. The federal govern- ment reduced by 5 percent last year the amount it would pay for individuals newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Without additional funds or cuts elsewhere, hundred of thousands of low-income people could lose coverage. The law, HB 2391, was a compromise that took months to put together. Those supporting Measure 101 said it was the only option to fund the health plan without kicking people off their health insurance. Parrish disagreed with this conclu- sion. She, along with Reps. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Cedric Hayden, R-Ro- seburg, were the chief petitioners of the underlying referendum that got Mea- sure 101 to the ballot. "At the end of the day, we had two goals: Let voters vote and then go out Jessica Keck of Salem drops off a ballot as Nate Braun works security at the Marion Country Elections park-and-drop site in the parking lot of the Walmart on Commercial St. SE in Salem on Jann. 22. PHOTOS BY ANNA REED/STATESMAN JOURNAL there and really educate people about what's happening in our health care system," Parrish said. Parrish was vocal from before the ref- erendum process even began that Dem- ocratic lawmakers were undermining her attempt to bring the issue before Oregon's voters, primarily by schedul- ing the vote for January. The measure only qualified for the ballot in mid-October, and the January vote gave Parrish and her compatriots much less time to convince potential voters statewide. They also raised far less money than the "yes" campaign — more than $3 million compared to less than half a million — which she said compounded the issue. As the results rolled in, Parrish reit- erated her belief that lawmakers "rigged" the election. Those who supported the decision to move the election date to January said it was necessary to give legislators an op- portunity to plug the budget gap that would have resulted had the measure failed. The 2018 short legislative session 12 MONTH SPECIAL OFFER Subscribe for about 99 ¢ PER WEEK! * BILLED MONTHLY Dillon Benham works security at the Marion Country Elections park and drop site in the parking lot of the Walmart. would have been the only opportunity. That budget crisis would have also required politicos to divert their atten- tion toward plugging the hole, making it harder to pass major legislation, namely the Democrats' big "cap-and-invest" greenhouse gas emissions cap bill. "With this vote by the people, the decks are cleared for the legislature to work on other priorities like clean air protection and growing jobs in the booming clean economy," said Tera Hurst, executive director of Renew Ore- gon, a coalition of 700 Oregon business- es and organization working to pass the carbon emissions bill. But the budget is sure to come up in one way or another, other said. "It may be a win, but we aren’t out of the woods yet," said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem. "Our budget focus must now shift to the February forecast and the effects federal tax changes will have on state revenue." Advocates on both sides of the argu- ment said that a January election would have lower turnout than one during a general election in November. The last statewide January special election was in 2010, when voters ap- proved tax measures 66 and 67 by 100,000 votes a piece. About 62 percent of registered voters took part in that election. OBITUARIES Ronald John Doran Feb. 27, 1922 — Jan. 21, 2018 Ronald John Doran, 95, passed away on Jan. 21, 2018, in Keizer. He was born on Feb. 27, 1922, to John and Barba- ra (Sandarg) Dombraus- kas in Hamilton, New York. He served in the Navy from 1943-1946 before joining the Air Ronald Force in 1950. Ronald Doran married Afke Sieswerda. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Afke; his brother, Truman; and children Madeleine, Tony and Natalie. No services are being held at this time. Arrangements with Unger Funeral Cha- pel, Silverton. LOCK IN THIS SPECIAL RATE! VISIT StatesmanJournal.com/PPC CALL 1-800-452-2511 Lynn Burkhard Keith *Offer expires 3/31/2018. Certain restrictions apply. For complete details, Call or visit website. Price per week is based on a full access subscription including Sunday and Wednesday print delivery at $4.30 per month for the first 12 months. ENT5211 P-PC Oregon saw a turnout of 80.3 percent during the most recent general election in November 2016. The statewide results of the 2018 special election so far mirror those in Marion and Polk Counties, where the support for the measure is leading 10 points and seven points, respectively. In a bit of an experiment Tuesday night, Secretary of State Dennis Rich- ardson announced the results via a liv- estreaming video on his Facebook page as the returns simultaneously appeared on the "results" webpage. He said the video is an attempt to connect with Oregonians interested in the results of the election, but not in the habit of going to the Secretary of State's website. “We need new and novel ways to en- gage younger voters and reaffirm that this is their government too,” Richard- son said in a statement announcing the decision. The initial numbers Richardson an- nounced were different by a couple points favoring the "yes" side than those seen on the Secretary of State's website minutes later, but updates online con- tinued through the night. Contact the reporter at cradnov- email@example.com or 503- 399-6864, or follow him on Twitter at @CDRadnovich Surrounded by family, Lynn Burkhard Keith passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on Dec. 15. She was 78 years old. Born in 1938 in Dallas, Texas, Lynn was the sec- ond of six children born to Ernst and Erna Burk- hard. She graduated from Texas Women’s Lynn College with a degree in Keith nursing. In 1960, she married James Stuart Keith, an aerospace engineer, and had three children. Suddenly widowed at the age of 37, Lynn remained single for the rest of her life while dedicating herself to a career in nursing and raising her three children: Walt Keith, a pilot with United Airlines; Alice Keith, a com- puter scientist with Lockheed Martin; and Marion Gilliam, a teacher. Lynn was a lifelong member of the Lu- theran church and a devoted congre- gant of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Nassau Bay, Texas. When Lynn moved to Oregon in 1999, she joined St. John’s Lutheran Church of Salem, then Im- manuel Lutheran Church in Silverton, where she was a member until her death. Lynn is preceded in death by her parents; her eldest brother, Bob Burk- hard; her husband Stuart Keith; and her daughter, Alice Keith. She is survived by her brother, James Burkhard; sister Elizabeth Jacobs; brother Donald Burk- hard; and brother Rev. Kenneth Burk- hard. She is also survived by her chil- dren and their spouses: Walt and Jenny Keith of Denver, Coloradom and John and Marion Gilliam of Silverton. Her grandchildren include Wesley Keith of Denver, Colorado; Megan Keith of Den- ver, Colorado; and James Gilliam and Reid Gilliam of Silverton. Memorial services for Lynn took place Sunday, Dec. 17, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silverton and also at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Texas on Thurs- day, Dec. 21. Lynn was laid to rest in Texas near her husband and daughter.