Tag Archives: State Budget

Our View: Kicking the can one more time – Opinion

The 2017 Legislature now appears to be heading for the same anti-climactic finish that its predecessors had, budget year after budget year. And there is plenty of blame to go around. Majority Democrats on Thursday declared they were giving up on a major overhaul of corporate taxes, and would therefore jettison planned changes aimed at […]
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Democrats eying smaller Oregon corporate tax hike, Republicans upset by strategy

The amount of new corporate taxes that of Oregon House Democrats plan to raise appears to be dwindling by the day, with the latest proposal clocking in at roughly $200 million instead of the $900 million they’d hoped for two weeks ago. Source: Democrats eying smaller Oregon corporate tax hike, Republicans upset by strategy | […]
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First tax hike clears Oregon Legislature, will keep many Oregonians on Medicaid

A plan to raise $550 million in health care taxes to fund Oregon’s Medicaid program is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, after the state Senate passed it on a bipartisan vote Wednesday. Source: First tax hike clears Oregon Legislature, will keep many Oregonians on Medicaid | OregonLive.com

Senate approves tax to preserve the Oregon Health Plan

Senate minority leader Ted Ferrioli voted in favor of a winning bill to preserve the Oregon Health Plan for two more years to counter the narrative that Republicans are “insensitive to people in need,” he said. Source: Senate approves tax to preserve the Oregon Health Plan

Oregon House Democrats move to slash controversial 2013 tax break for some businesses

In an action sure to stoke partisan tensions, House Democrats moved Wednesday to sharply cut a tax break for so-called “pass through” businesses. The proposed change would mean about $200 million in additional tax revenue to help fill the state’s $1.4 billion budget hole. Source: Oregon House Democrats move to slash controversial 2013 tax break […]
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Oregon Senate passes health care provider tax

The Oregon Senate Wednesday passed an assessment on health care providers and insurers that is expected to cover a chunk of the state’s expected $1.4 billion budget gap. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Senate passes health care provider tax

‘Hail Mary pass’: Oregon House Democrats hope to leverage tax deal from schools budget delay

Democrats in the Oregon House upped the ante for a corporate tax overhaul Tuesday, when they postponed a vote on the state’s $8.2 billion K-12 schools budget for another week to allow more time for tax negotiations. Source: ‘Hail Mary pass’: Oregon House Democrats hope to leverage tax deal from schools budget delay | OregonLive.com

Money for wildlife trapping reinstated in state budget committee

Oregon’s legislative budget writers support spending nearly $1 million over the next two years to pay the state’s share of a program that helps fund wildlife trappers in dozens of counties across the state. Source: Money for wildlife trapping reinstated in state budget committee | OregonLive.com

‘Shortfall’ with record amounts of revenue? | Guest Opinion

You have probably heard there’s a ‘shortfall’ of $1.4-1.8 billion in Oregon. There’s more to this than meets the eye. As I sit in my office on this week in early June, I am thoroughly frustrated with the legislative process in Oregon. My party is in the minority both in the House and the Senate, […]
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Committee considers dumping new tax in favor of raising existing rates

It may be easier for Democrats to get the votes to increase current rates instead of passing a new tax plan. A proposal to fundamentally change the state’s business tax system appeared to take a detour Monday. Lawmakers have been vetting a Democratic proposal for a new state corporate activities tax based on sales, but […]
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