Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Lawmakers Grapple With Whether to Delay Collection of a New Billion-Dollar Business Tax

With traditional sources of revenue plummeting, legislators would like to preserve the new tax, but businesses are strapped for cash. In a series of hearings over the past week, the Legislature’s Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response has considered ways to ease the financial hardship Oregonians and Oregon businesses will endure because of COVID-19 shutdowns. […]
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Coronavirus in Oregon: Businesses lobby to delay, tweak new school tax 

A coalition of more than 40 business groups from around the state wrote lawmakers Thursday urging them to delay the state’s new corporate activities tax for six months to help them preserve cash and avoid layoffs during the cornonavirus pandemic. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: Businesses lobby to delay, tweak new school tax – oregonlive.com

State extends income tax deadline to July 15

Oregonians will have until July 15 to file their personal income taxes with the state, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. But any quarterly payments for 2020 still will be due April 15. The IRS has extended its deadline to July 15 for filing personal and corporate federal tax returns, making payments, contributing to an IRA […]
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Oregon faces ‘severe recession,’ but its length depends on coronavirus

It’s clear, for the short run at least, that the slowdown will impact state revenues on all fronts and it ability to fund a response. Personal income taxes – which generate 86 percent of general fund receipts – will take a hit, along with corporate taxes. Investment and capital gains tax receipts will drop amid […]
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Proposed ballot measures aim to stop Oregon lawmakers from walking out

The union-backed group Our Oregon is proposing two ballot measures that would prevent Oregon legislators from skipping town to avoid votes on the floor. Oregon labor unions are backing two ballot measures aimed at preventing legislators from skipping town to avoid votes. The proposals come three weeks after the state’s legislative session came to an early […]
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How the collapse of the 2020 legislative session could shape this fall’s election and state politics

With deepening political divide, the approaching election could provide the verdict on who was right in the 2020 Legislature. Source: How the collapse of the 2020 legislative session could shape this fall’s election and state politics | Salem Reporter

Coronavirus Could Kill Many Oregon Ballot Initiative Campaigns

With initiative canvassing shut down by the epidemic, initiative campaigns dealing with subjects ranging from gun laws to clean energy are unlikely to qualify for Oregon’s November ballot. Source: Coronavirus Could Kill Many Oregon Ballot Initiative Campaigns

Oregon lawmakers likely to hold special session on coronavirus relief early next week

It looks increasingly likely that Oregon lawmakers will convene next week to vote on an initial response to the coronavirus health and economic crisis, Sen. Arnie Roblan and Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Source: Oregon lawmakers likely to hold special session on coronavirus relief early next week – oregonlive.com

Oregon’s Legislature Knows They Have Big Problems, But Answers Are Unclear

Lawmakers stress that they must act quickly, but no one knows how much money the state will have to spend. Oregon lawmakers are getting closer to the first of what many believe could be several special legislative sessions this year, as the state grapples with the spread of the coronavirus. But with some predicting Gov. […]
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Editorial: Delay corporate activity tax collection for all

The first payment of Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax — a 0.57% assessment on most corporations’ activity above $1 million in the state — is due April 30. Now, however, with the novel coronavirus pandemic creating problems for businesses large and small, legislators are talking about delaying collecting the tax, at least for some. It’s […]
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