No big surprise here, but it is now official: Oregon voters will be deciding in January whether to overturn permanent increases in the income tax on wealthy state residents, and in the minimum tax paid by corporations.
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that anti-tax groups
gathered enough signatures to refer the increases passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to the Jan. 26 ballot.
One safe bet: millions of dollars will be spent by Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes
to repeal the tax increases urge passage of the two referenda
and by Defend Oregon
— which said today that repeal supporters "in order to protect the narrow interests that are funding their campaign ... are willfully trying to kill two measures that will help the very people who've been hurt most by this recession."
Here are some of the talking points likely to be employed by Oregonians Against Job Killing Taxes
And here's the style Defend Oregon has used in past ad campaigns on previous statewide measures