A Sales Tax, Anybody?

Lawmakers are about to start debating a shakeup of the state’s tax system—and an unpopular idea leads the list.


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In the history of Oregon politics, there are few things voters have hated more than a sales tax. But when voters...   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Smack in the Kicker

A union-backed initiative to repeal the corporate tax rebate draws fire from reformers.


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For years, state Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) has been working to get rid of one of the biggest oddities of Oregon’s income tax system, a rebate called the “kicker.” First passed by the   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Grant County Mega-Dude Ranch Bill Generates Heat

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Here's how wacky the debate has become about House Bill 3465, which would create a mega-dude ranch in Grant County: the free-market, small government group Americans for Prosperity Oregon opposes the bill, while 1000 Friends of Oregon, long one of the state's most zealous protectors of open lands, does not.At issue is a bill that would allow Scott Campbell, the founder of the Banfield Pet Hospital ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sheriffs Lose Battle in Salem over Handgun Licenses


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Oregon's sheriffs have lost their battle in the Legislature to hide who's getting concealed-handgun licenses, says Sen. Ginny Burdick, an opponent of their proposal. The Southwest Portland Democrat says House Bill 2727 (PDF) lacked enough support on the Senate floor and effectively died yesterday when it went to the Senate Rules Committee instead. Oregonian editorial page editor Bob Caldwell ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Restaurant Association Swings Back At Lottery Critics


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Last week, the state Senate Finance Committee took testimony on the appropriate level of commissions for the Oregon Lottery to pay the retailers who carry video poker and video slot machines. The current six-year retailer contract expires next June and the Lottery Commission is expected to decide on the level of commissions by the end of this month. Commissions have fallen from 33.5 percent ...   More
 
Friday, October 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Pushes Oregon Lawmakers For Local Cigarette Tax


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When the Legislature convenes for a special session next week, one of the bills with greatest potential local impact is Senate Bill 1042 [PDF]. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham), would allow individual counties to impose cigarette taxes. Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, the county's point person on the proposed tax, says the bill is a top legislative ...   More
 
Friday, January 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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