Merkley Joins Democratic Opposition to Obama Tax Deal

  All four House Democrats from Oregon have already voiced opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans. Now U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has joined their chorus with his own concerns. Merkley said the tax package, which the Senate is expected to approve this week, would add to the national debt and do little for middle-class families. In a statement, Merkley supported components ...   More
Monday, December 13, 2010 by Kendra Clune

Filed Your Tax Return Yet?

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 HANK STERN

Realtors Sue City Over Change in Business Tax

On a day when millions of Americans are reluctantly paying their taxes, two Portland real estate brokers filed a lawsuit (PDF) against the City of Portland, claiming that a 2008 City ordinance illegally imposed a business license tax on them — and by extension, the 3,000 or so other brokers who do business in Portland. The two, Beth Proctor (who works for Windermere Cronin & Caplan) ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Aging Pipes And Sewers Vs. Tax on Soda and Soap

Here's a question: Would you pay a tax on soda, soap and toilet paper if you knew the money would go toward fixing "corroded pipes and overburdened sewer systems" nationwide? We ask because U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is co-sponsoring a bill that would create an infrastructure fund to tackle those repairs. And the funding mechanism that Blumenauer and other sponsors want to tap in what ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2009 HANK STERN

Governor Signs Tax Hike Bills into Law; Fun Begins

Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed two controversial tax increases today, setting in motion a process that will probably lead referrals of both measures to the January ballot. The bills — one of which raises the state's corporate income tax, the other increases the state income tax on the wealthiest Oregonians — have been on the governor's desk since the Legislature adjourned June 29. In ...   More
Monday, July 20, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Tax Battle Includes "Intel Present" Vs. "Intel Past"

One of the biggest players in the current battle over two 2009 income tax hikes is the Oregon Business Association. Some members of the moderate business group's board pushed for it to oppose the permanent tax increases that appear headed for referral to the January ballot. But sources familiar with the internal OBA debate say that Intel, Oregon's largest private sector employer and an OBA member, ...   More
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Get Ready to Vote in January on Taxes

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 ...   More
Thursday, October 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Voter Registration Deadline Nears for Special Election

This Tuesday, Jan. 5, is the final day for first time Oregon voters to register to vote in the Jan. 26 statewide special election. On the ballot are two questions, Measures 66 and 67, both of which concern taxes. Measure 66 deals with personal income taxes and Measure 67 addresses corporate income taxes. (Check out next week's print newspaper for more.) If you need to register there are a few ...   More
Thursday, December 31, 2009 Ari Phillips


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