Voices from the Edge on 01/07/10
On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake. Opponents say raising taxes during a recession will only make matters worse.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave look at what these measures really will - and won't - do as well as both sides' arguments. Is passage as crucial as proponents say it is? Will raising taxes during a recession make matters worse? How do we get beyond these recurring fights and create real tax justice in Oregon?
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Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67