Public services in general and schools in particular were looking down the barrel of a gun because of PERS costs. Measure 97 was a way to shield them. It would have given time for the legislature to find a legally enforceable reform package, at the expense of someone other than our children.
But Measure 97 failed. That didn't solve PERS either, the vote against M97 changed nothing about pension obligations or the politics around it. We're no more likely to reform PERS than we were before the election, or if M97 had passed.
All opponents of Measure 97 did was put our kids are on the firing line.
Nice going, dicks.