Oregon Dems extend tax break for big business

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Oregon Democrats extend tax break for big business – but they vote down tax relief for small businesses

Salem, OR – Providing a stark contrast in priorities, Democrats handily passed a bill Monday morning that extends millions in tax breaks for big shipping corporations while defeating a Republican proposal to give property tax relief to small Oregon businesses.

“Democrats continue to give nothing but lip-service and symbolic gestures to Oregon small businesses,” said Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “This was an opportunity to do something for small employers and the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians they employ. Unfortunately, Democrats are becoming known around here as the party of ‘no’ and today proved to be no exception.”

Republicans used a procedural move known as a “minority report” to bring a modest small business tax relief proposal to the Senate floor. The proposal would have increased the amount of total assessed value of taxable personal property that can be exempted from property taxation from $16,000 to $25,000. The proposal mirrors Senate Bill 670, a bill Republicans have been unable to get a hearing on in committee. Democrats defeated the proposal on a party line vote, 14 to 15.

Later in the morning, Democrats pushed House Bill 2904 through the Senate, a bill that extends the sunset for property tax exemption for cargo containers.

“House Bill 2904 may be decent policy, but the benefits of a property tax exemption should be made available to small businesses as well as big shipping corporations,” said Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “If we are going to move beyond a slow and sluggish recovery into a period of robust growth, we have to start taking proactive steps to nurture, support and encourage Oregon small businesses.”

Senate Republicans have proposed a laundry list of bills that could aid small businesses in Oregon and spur economic growth. They have also organized an Oregon Jobs Caucus to work in a bi-partisan way on jobs bills.

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  • JacklordGod

    Obviously this is outrageous. The war on small business in Oregon by democrats generally and public employee unions in particular has been somewhat breathtaking. I will never really understand it. I guess it just all comes down to haters gotta hate something.

    • I would suggest that unions are more successful at unionizing big companies and the strike costs for unions are lower with a few big companies than many small ones. Not to mention a big company can more easily survive a strike than a small one. Ditto for government and tax policy. Easier to watch a few big companies than many small ones. So get rid of the small ones.

  • Democratic party hypocrisy revealed again, come election time the Democratic party will be anti large corporate business and for small businesses.

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