Gov. Kulongoski: $2 billion in taxes, drops public safety from budget priority

From Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Governor Ted Kulongoski is looking at over $2 billion in taxes and fee increases. Governor Kulongoski’s plan includes a two cent gas tax, $112 million cigarette tax, $84 million in corporate minimum tax increase, Vehicle registration fees up 200%, Vehicle Title fees up 100%, License plate fees up 100%, Fishing/Hunting license up 24%, Park fees 20%, Death Certificate fees up 185%, Nursing certificate fees up 26% and a tax on health insurance and hospitals. This includes spending it to grow the state employee payroll by 1,451 jobs. Including $10 million for his mileage tax plan which would put GPS devices into people’s cars and give electric car tax breaks.

Kulongoski said in his speech…
“[F]inding the political courage to raise revenue…My question to you is: If not now, when?”.

Taxpayers say”¦
“Well, since the last approved budget included $800 million in new taxes and fee increases, we ask When HAVE YOU NOT RAISED taxes in a budget. Most of Kulongoski’s budgets have always asked for hefty tax and fee increases.”

Kulongoski said in his speech.. “We will build a budget for the next biennium has shifted. But the pillars of that budget — children, education, health care, renewable energy, green technology, and transportation — cannot be shaken.”

Taxpayers say”¦
“We see that the mighty “pillar” of public safety has magically disappeared in your above list of budget foundations. Instead we have green technology replacing it. Is not protecting citizens from violence the first priority of government? Is not fighting gang violence, rape, murder and meth just as important as your new plan to give new tax credits to electric cars and tax breaks for green building construction?”

NOTE: If you are alarmed by Kulongoski’s $2 billion in new taxes and his neglect of fighting crime over eco-tax credits, then please email this article to a friend and help spread the word.

  • reper

    criminals rejoice!

  • Zero hour

    I think the good governor is starting out with everything, not with the goal of getting it all but rather of what he can get.

    I think we can all rest assured it will not be two billion.

    • getridofdems

      Don’t hold your breath. It takes intelligence to turn things like that down.

      Can we survive two more years

  • Anonymous


    I always liked my neighbor’s big screen LCD TV!

  • Jerry

    He is very brave. Very, very brave.
    We must support him now more than ever as the state needs the money NOW!

  • dan

    I am so upset. I already pay more in taxes than my rent, food, and gasoline costs combined and I see nothing for it.

    What i see is effigies of a misguided green industry. Solar panels on the highway that do nothing but proclaim to the nation that portland is green….and evidently stupid.

    Kulongoski makes me sick.