Right now the campaign is all about turning out our voters. If you know folks who will vote tomorrow in Portland, make sure you encourage them to get to the polls, and of course, let them know why these proposed ordinances will hurt the City and our entire region.
Question 1 hurts small independent businesses, right along with their workers and customers. $15/hour minimum wage is truly too far, too fast for our small business economy. It may work in Seattle or San Francisco, but it won’t work here. Portland has already raised the minimum wage to 7th highest in the nation at $10.10 an hour – let’s make that work before we jump ahead to $15/hour.
Question 2 blocks future growth and development all over the City, allowing a few disgruntled neighbors to throw up roadblocks to any structure that might interfere with someone’s views. It’s a guaranteed growth killer, and a selfish way for a few people to defeat the needs of the community for more housing, economic opportunities and jobs. Even local unions agree that Question 2 deserves to be defeated.
The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, has poured a lot of time + resource into defeating these two dangerous ballot questions. When our region's growth and prosperity is at risk, the Chamber steps up.
One way you can help us continue our good work is to get out and vote tomorrow. You can also encourage other employers to join the Chamber. If you know a company that benefits from our work, make sure they’re a member. Thank you!
And remember – please make sure you vote tomorrow, along with your friends, and co-workers!