Measure 101 offers real growth for Oregon small businesses

Ballot Measure 101 offers real growth for Oregon small businesses - not tax cuts.

I am just one of tens of thousands of small business owners who struggle to obtain and keep affordable, high-quality healthcare. I work a second job in a public school to access the healthcare my family and I need. Healthcare is the elephant in the room for my business, my employees, and my community.

That’s why I’m voting yes on Measure 101 in January. Whether you work in a coffee shop or at a construction site, you should be able to access the care you need at a price you can afford. If Measure 101 passes, 95 percent of Oregonians and all children will have healthcare. Unencumbered by that worry, the vast majority of Oregon small businesses will be more able to grow.  

My representative, Greg Walden, supports legislation that hurts Oregon’s small businesses - from healthcare, to tax, to long-term sustainability and growth. These bills would cut trillions from Medicaid, Medicare, and other essential healthcare services and give very wealthy people huge, undeserved tax breaks. Congressman Walden should take note - exit polls from Election Day 2017 revealed voters around the country are as concerned about healthcare as I am.

Since Congress and the White House are preoccupied with sabotaging our national healthcare system rather than improving it, we have to act locally. Measure 101 offers a solution to a serious problem. Imagine what our Main Streets could like if entrepreneurs could start and invest in a business without being tied down by concerns about healthcare.


Constance Palaia-Marr

Co-owner, Motel Del Rogue