Ballot Measure 105 Could Cost Oregon More than $329 Million in GDP

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT Rich André, New American Economy
Rich@newamericaneconomy.org

Undocumented immigrants in Oregon pay more than $80 million in state and local taxes and hold almost $2 billion a year in spending power PORTLAND, OR – As Oregon voters consider Ballot Measure 105 ahead of the November 6 election, new research from New American Economy (NAE) highlights the negative economic impact the state could face if Oregonians vote “yes” to repeal Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820, the state’s 31-year-old anti-racial profiling law.

The success of the ballot measure would create a hostile environment in Oregon, causing contributing members of the immigrant community to leave the state as a result. Measure 105 proposes to undo Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law, which currently prohibits state agencies, including law enforcement, from using state resources or personnel to detect or apprehend individuals whose only violation is that of federal immigration law. Passage of the ballot measure would allow local law enforcement to effectively become immigration enforcement agents. This could have far reaching costs for the state, including a loss of more than $6 million in state and local taxes paid by undocumented immigrants and nearly $330 million in GDP. The measure would also jeopardize significant parts of the workforce in some of Oregon’s key industries, including restaurants, agriculture, and construction. NAE’s analysis is based off of the economic loss Arizona experienced after it passed similarly restrictive legislation, Senate Bill 1070, in 2010.

"In Oregon, being welcoming is at the core of who we are,” said Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear. “Immigrants living in Oregon are employees, business owners, neighbors, and an integral part of our vibrant community. Ballot Measure 105 doesn’t just go against Oregon values, it poses a threat to our state’s economy.”

“If Oregon goes the way of Arizona, it's likely to see a similar economic backlash as workers in key industries flee the state,” said Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director of New American Economy. “The potential costs of this could easily stretch into the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

NAE’s new research finds that if Measure 105 passed and 10 percent of the state’s undocumented population left as a result, the state would lose hundreds of millions of dollars within just one year. Specifically:

  • Oregon would lose $329.8 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The state’s metro areas would lose $286.1 million in GDP, while non-metro areas would lose $50.8 million.

  • Oregon would lose $10.4 million in federal taxes and $6.2 million in state and local taxes.

  • Oregon would lose an estimated 7,048 employed workers and $189 million in wage earnings.

  • Oregon would lose an estimated 1,287 jobs and $42.1 million in wage earnings that are dependent on undocumented immigrant consumers and supporters of industry.

Read the full report here.

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New American Economy (NAE) brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. Coalition members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing. Learn more at www.newamericaneconomy.org

 
Devon Downeysmith