ODOT wants to tax you per mile

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Readers should make no mistake. ODOT and many political leaders foresee Oregon as being the first state to initiate and implement a vehicle mileage tax. Oregon is the first state in the nation to establish a … Continue reading

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Vote NO on Ballot Measure 86

Measure 86 authorizes borrowing a maximum of around $4.3 billion in new debt by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon voters will be asked to decide nearly a dozen ballot measures in the November general election. In my opinion, these measures contain … Continue reading

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Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

By Steve Buckstein Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. … Continue reading

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Graph: 40+ years of Oregon taxes

by Dan Lucas In researching an article on property taxes a few weeks ago I ran across some good historical data on Oregon tax collections in a February 2014 research report from the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office (LRO). I used the … Continue reading

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Oregon businesses pay fair share of taxes

by Dan Lucas Marcia Atkinson reported in the Salem-Keizer Sentinel this week that Bill Dalton, Democratic candidate for state representative in House District 19 (Salem), told a neighborhood association that Oregon’s tax structure is outdated – that revenues are now … Continue reading

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Oregon’s tax kicker law is important

by Richard Leonetti The Oregonian recently had an editorial about eliminating the Kicker (“Waiting for the income tax kicker to kick” Sarasohn 2/12/14) – I think they mis-characterize the entire purpose of the law. To gloss over the Kicker as mere … Continue reading

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Government Complicity in Tobacco Related Health Problems

Cigarettes are back in the news.  A variety of cities and states are contemplating banning e-cigarettes indoors.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reported to have found trace carcinogens in e-cigarettes and is contemplating action.  (California has considered banning … Continue reading

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