Jeff Merkley cannot hide from tax record

[Statement from the Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC]
Merkley’s Tax and Spend Ways a Threat to Oregon

Beaverton, OR — In light of Jeff Merkley recent campaign conversions on many issues (see Crime flip-flop), The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC felt compelled to re-affirm Merkley’s tax record. “Having voted to raise billions of dollars in higher taxes and fees in Oregon, State Rep. Jeff Merkley now wants to raise billions more by seeking a run to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Few people in the legislature are more aggressive about passing new taxes than State Rep. Jeff Merkley.” said Jason Williams of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon. The Taxpayers Association of Oregon PAC compiled a list of his tax votes dating back to 1999 to demonstrate a very forceful record of raising taxes at all levels of government (see below).
– Largest tax increase in Oregon history: Voted Yes HB2152 in 2003, the largest tax increase in Oregon history ($800 million). Rejected by voters as Measure 30.
– Higher income taxes (HB 2152) Rejected by voters.
– New taxes on Oregon’s seniors (HB2152). Rejected by voters.
– Increased property taxes (HB2152). Rejected by voters.
– New small business tax (HB2152). Rejected by voters.
– Income Tax Surcharge: A $700 million tax increase (HB4079 in 2002). An increase later rejected by voters when placed on the ballot as Measure 28.
– New corporate taxes: (HB3068 in 2005)
– Raiding Kicker Tax Refunds: Voted to suspend the “kicker” (HB3216 in 2005), voted to raid a 1/’3rd of the kicker funds (2001 as SB 963), voted against putting kicker in constitution which was overwhelmingly approved by voters (1999 as HJR 17)
– Higher transportation taxes: Voted to double vehicle license fees (2001 as HB 2142) and higher airline fuel taxes (1999 as HB2199)
– 38 New Tax Increases: Lead Democrats in sponsoring 38 new tax increases in the 2005 session.
– Make it easier for local governments to raise taxes: Paved the way for increased property taxes by supporting H.J.R. 15 in 2007, a resolution proposed to eliminate the double majority rule for property tax measures.
– Opposed tax cuts: Twice Merkley twice opposed cutting capital gains taxes (2001 as SB 67, 2005 as HB 2332).
– Oppose Bush Tax Cuts: Merkley voted against supporting the popular Bush tax cuts which bounced the nation out of the recession (2001 as House Joint Memorial 28).


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  • Crawdude

    He can’t hide the fact that he is a lily livered liberal, he doesn’t stand a chance.

    A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

    • dean

      Dude…you mean he does not have a chance of being elected, or does not have a chance of being seen as other than a liberal on taxes?

      He and Smith are running dead even in the latest Rasmussen poll.

  • Jerry

    Tax and spend
    Tax and spend
    That’s all this guy is
    In the end.

    How sad
    How sad
    A total cad
    But he makes me mad

    ‘Cause he lies and lies
    About all his ties
    To tax and spend
    tax and spend.

    Hope his campaign comes
    To an end.

  • John Fairplay

    The Oregonian’s effort to cover up for Merkley on this issue disgusts me. Jeff Mapes ought to be ashamed of himself and can never again be seen as a reporter without a dog in the fight.

  • JesseO

    BUT apparently Gordon Smith can hide from his tax record — voting NO on reducing taxes for health care, child care, small businesses, and college tuition.

    Come on, Williams — Smith is pro-tax on the lower and middle classes, just supporting tax cuts for oil companies and rich people.

    • Get Real!

      Smith’s record on taxes is lightweight compared to Merkley. And YOU KNOW IT TOO DON’T YOU closet LIBERAL!

  • Rupert in Springfield

    So if I understand the situation, Merkley is try to not seem like a liberal and Smith is trying to seem like a liberal.

    Well, that’s real good.

    I wish I could ask my mom to call a “do over” right about now. These two are idiots.

    • dean

      Maybe moderation is poised for a comeback.

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