Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oregon Approves Tax Increase on Top-Earners, Business

The State of Oregon approved a $727 million tax increase on businesses and high-earners this week, hoping to bridge some of the gap in the States budget. Well known for being a State with out a sales tax, it is not uncommon for Oregonians to approve taxes increases elsewhere. Checkout the following article on the development courtesy of

Oregonians voted to keep taxes enacted by Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski in July, according to a count of ballots cast by more than half of the state’s registered voters. Measure 66, which raises taxes on households earning $250,000 or more, passed by 54 percent. Measure 67, which increases corporate levies, garnered favor of 53 percent.

Legislators enacted the tax boost last year to help close a $4 billion hole that the U.S. recession opened in the state’s budget. The levies spurred a challenge from foes who gathered enough signatures to force the referendum. By targeting businesses and the wealthy, proponents parried resistance from voters who twice defeated tax increases in the wake of the 2001 recession.

“It’s a go-after-the-rich strategy,” said John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “It shows that some voters have switched their minds and they’re more likely to go after the rich.”

The results are from an unofficial count of 1.12 million ballots released by the Secretary of State’s office by 11:15 p.m. local time yesterday. That accounts for 55 percent of the state’s registered voters, who cast ballots in a mail-in election that concluded yesterday.

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