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Labor and business leaders debate Measure 97, the $3 billion a year corporate tax on the Nov. 8 ballot, in an interactive televised event moderated by KATU's Steve Dunn.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom 

Free and open to the public. Ticket required and available at the PSU Box Office.


Pro-Measure 97:

  • Ben Unger, executive director, Our Oregon
  • Tonia Hunt, executive director, Children First of Oregon

Anti-Measure 97:

  • Sandra McDonough, president and CEO, Portland Business Alliance
  • John Tapogna, president, ECONorthwest consultants

Media panel 

  • Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian/
  • Matthew Kish, Portland Business Journal
  • Colleen Leary, Portland State Vanguard

The audience will have an opportunity during the program for questions. Please raise your hands to be recognized by the moderator.

This event is being televised live on KATU’s cable channel, 2.2, webcast live on and will be rebroadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday October 23 on the “Your Voice, Your Vote” program  on Channel 2.

Portland State University organizes a series of public events each year to spotlight important issues facing metro Portland and Oregon.

Here are the past events:

Mayoral Debate 2016

Portland State University and KATU-Channel 2 hosted a lively town hall debate among four candidates vying to be the next mayor of Portland. They included Ted Wheeler, Jules Bailey, Sarah Iannarone and Sean Davis. Candidates were questioned by journalists from The Oregonian, Willamette Week and PSU Vanguard. Moderator Steve Dunn of KATU also encouraged questions and comments from the audience.

 Oregon's Minimum Wage 

”Raising Oregon’s Minimum Wage” gave students, employees and business owners an opportunity to debate the pros and cons of raising Oregon’s minimum wage to $15. The town hall included three members of the Portland media who posed questions of the three panelists. More than 200 people turned out for the event, held in October 2015, which was televised and moderated by KATU.

Oregon's Great Pot Debate

Opinions ran high on whether Oregon should legalize the recreational use of marijuana at an October 2014 debate about state ballot Measure 91 at PSU's Lincoln Performance Hall. About 350 people turned out for the debate, which was televised and moderated by KATU.

From Debt to Degree
In October 2013, Portland State and KGW held an interactive town hall discussion about the looming problem of student debt. It included national experts as well as students from Oregon State University and PSU, who talked about their own challenges in paying for college.


The Future of Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Oregon
Portland State University and The Oregonian co-hosted this public forum to discuss proposals in the Oregon Legislature that would alter voter-approved mandatory minimum sentences for crimes such as robbery, assault and sex abuse. The event drew over 200 attendees. (March 12, 2013)

Race: Are We So Different

A consortium of organizations led by Portland State University hosted a public conversation about race in December 2012. The event was held at Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in conjunction with its Race: Are We So Different? exhibit, and drew nearly 200 attendees.

Mayoral Debate
In October 2012, one month before the general election, Portland State University hosted a mayoral debate between candidates Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales. The event drew an overflow crowd and was broadcast live on TV, radio and online.