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1313 Mill St. SE
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 SCC programs can be seen on CCTV, Comcast Cable Channel 21, for two weeks starting the Wednesday after the meeting on Wednesdays at 4pm, Thursdays at 4:30pm, Fridays at 7pm, and Saturdays at 1pm.

 Salem City Club’s mission:

“ provide a common meeting ground for persons of divergent  beliefs, politics and occupations, for the interchange of ideas and stimulation of intelligent thinking and action on civic affairs; and to inform and activate its members and the community in public matters, and to arouse in them an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.”



August 29, 2016, Volume 49, Issue 1

SCC Luncheon:
A Debate:
What Will Measure 97
Really Do?

Friday, September 9, 2016
11:30AM, Lunch; 12 Noon, Program
Willamette Heritage Center

Register By Noon, September 7

Measure 97 on our November ballot would provide about 25% more money for education and other state-funded services by enacting the largest new state tax in decades.  If approved, it would raise about $6 billion per biennium from about 1,000 large “C” corporations with a levy of 2.5% on all Oregon sales over $25 million.

Salem City Club opens the 2016-17 season with a debate on this proposed corporate gross receipts tax. Debaters will discuss the legislature's ability to fund new and expanded services as well as  different estimates of how much of the $6 billion would be passed along to Oregon consumers.

Both sides are mounting multi-million dollar advertising campaigns.  Some observers have predicted more money will be spent on Measure 97 than on any other ballot measure in Oregon history.

As our speakers will explain, Oregon now taxes corporate profits but this would be the first tax on most kinds of sales. Only about 1,000 very large corporations would pay this tax, but economists differ on the degree to which they would pass it along to consumers.

Tonia Hunt, Executive Director of Children First for Oregon, will speak in support of the measure.  She represents “Our Oregon,” a coalition of public employee unions and others. She previously served nine years as Executive Director of the Children's Center in Clackamas County, after work at  the Children's Trust Fund.

Sandra McDonough, President and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance will speak in opposition. She will represent “NO on 97: Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales,” a political committee funded largely by businesses.  Before joining the Alliance, Sandra spent a number of years in the energy industry, working for the San Francisco-based PG&E Corporation as well as PacifiCorp.  Earlier, she was a newspaper reporter for 10 years at The Oregonian and The Seattle Times.

Sandra has more than 30 years of civic and community leadership and service in the Portland area. She is currently serving on several local boards.  She is also a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum/Oregon.

For September 9 luncheon reservations, register online or call (503) 370-2808
by noon, Wed.  September 7


Mark Your Calendars!
Save The Dates!

SCC Luncheons:
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
1966-2016: Medicare At 50 And Its Future

Join us for a look at this sweeping healthcare policy through a global lens. We are pleased to have Ted Marmor, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy & Management, Yale University and Keike Okma, PhD, Visiting Professor McGill University, Healthcare Policy and Economics, review Medicare's development and implementation through the years, compare it to similar programs in other developed countries and provide insight into the future of Medicare for younger generations.
Election Coverage Programs 
In addition to the September 9 debate on Measure 97, Salem City Club will present several programs to help you make informed voting decisions this fall.
Sept. 23:   A debate on the proposed $81 million city bond issue to finance a new police headquarters.
Oct. 7:  A debate between Congressman Kurt Schrader and Republican challenger Colm Willis.
Oct. 21:  A debate or forum for Oregon Secretary of State candidates.
Nov. 11:  Dr. Ed Dover of Western Oregon University will return to analyze the results of national, state and local elections.


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