Tag Archives: Revenue

Editorial: Liquor commission accidentally makes the case for tax-limiting ballot measure

Booze panel shows what happens when it’s easy for officials to squeeze the public. On July 5, an initiative petition that would make it more difficult for lawmakers to hike fees and taxes qualified for the November ballot. Three weeks later, in a seemingly unrelated move, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission showed voters why IP […]
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Editorial: Tax kicker seems likely to survive

A Republican legislator believes the 2019 legislative session will take up the possibility of changing or eliminating the state’s so-called “kicker” — Oregon’s oddball tax-refund law — as it considers ways to once again close a revenue shortfall that could be in the neighborhood of $1 billion. Source: Editorial: Tax kicker seems likely to survive | Editorial […]
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Sports betting: a good way to make revenue | Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t exactly legalize sports betting in its decision last week. The court nullified a law passed by Congress that prohibited states from allowing sports betting. Oregon was Congress’ target when the law was initially proposed — and by the time it passed, it was meant to keep Oregon’s sports-betting contagion from […]
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Our view: Oregon’s leaders need long-term strategies

In the words of State Economist Mark McMullen, Oregon’s economy “is still pretty hunky-dory.” The current period of economic growth is on its way to becoming the longest on record, with little chance of a recession within the next year. As a result, the state is collecting far more in taxes than previously projected. But […]
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When Calling an Uber Can Pay Off for Cities and States 

In Chicago, a 15-cent fee on Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services is helping to pay for track, signal and electrical upgrades to make the city’s trains run faster and smoother. Ride-hailing trips in Philadelphia are expected to raise $2.6 million this year for the city’s public schools through a 1.4 percent tax that will also generate […]
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Voters to decide health coverage fate

Voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether to approve funding to preserve Oregon’s expansion of health insurance coverage. The Rogue Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters hosted a forum Thursday at the Medford library to urge voters to approve Measure 101. While the league doesn’t take a position on political candidates, it occasionally […]
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Editorial: Don’t give the Legislature more freedom to tax

Some in Oregon believe the government that governs best taxes more. And to carry out their dreams, they aim to change the wording of the Oregon Constitution to make it easier to raise taxes. Voters should tell them no. Source: Editorial: Don’t give the Legislature more freedom to tax;

Editorial: State hasn’t earned trust for a $700 million new tax

  Oregonians of all political parties need to make one thing clear before the short 2018 legislative session begins: We don’t trust state officials to spend wisely what could be as much as $700 million a year in new revenues. That $700 million is what the state might collect each year if lawmakers approve a […]
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Oregon Vice

Yesterday, I had the privilege of presenting on Oregon’s vice revenues as part of Tim Duy’s Oregon Economic Forum. Our office’s duties include forecasting these revenues as part of the General and Lottery Fund forecasts. However, hardly anybody ever asks us about them specifically, other than in the context of the overall forecast and budget […]
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Hermiston gas plant devaluation knocks $934,000 off county tax rolls

Umatilla County loses about 1 percent of total assessed value. The Oregon Department of Revenue knocked $54 million off the assessed value of the Hermiston Generating Company. The devaluation means a drop in local property tax revenue of $934,672 for 2017-18, with education taking the brunt of the loss. Source: Hermiston gas plant devaluation knocks […]
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