Will Capitol refer $15 Minimum Wage, Business tax to ballot?

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

One of the Capitol rumors among State Lawmakers in Salem is that the highly controversial $15 minimum wage bill (HB 2500) may be referred out to the voters for the 2016 election. In addition to a minimum wage increase there could also be a corporate tax increase. Putting such measures on the ballot is not uncommon. Already a $15 minimum wage ballot measure has been drafted for the 2016 ballot. The measure is sponsored by Local 503 SEIU. Also several business tax measures have been submitted for the 2016 ballot including a measure to increase the corporate minimum tax and another to increase income taxes on higher wage earners (over $125,000).

The strategy may be to deflect the pain of voting on such anti-business measures from the lawmakers to the voters as well as putting something on the ballot to increase voter turn-out in a key Presidential election and unusual governor election. Referring the measures to voters would save government unions from having to spend any money or time getting the measures to the ballot.

The early resignation of Kitzhaber has created unpredictability and panic among liberals who see that they could lose the Governor’s office. Also, the big government lobby needs the money. It was just 2013 when the same unions proposed seven different tax measures for the 2014 ballot but were later pulled. Increases the size of the government by double digit margins was not enough in the last budget cycle, as unions grasp for more business taxes, income taxes and plans to steal the people’s kicker. When asked State Senator Fred Girod, of the prospects of a business tax increase, he spoke with the authority of a retired small business by saying “New business taxes would be catastrophic and damaging to Oregon’s vulnerable small business economy.”

  • Bob Clark

    Something in the dna of the Oregon electorate (maybe the younger urban demographic, where the voter is more inclined to have the heart of a 20 year old but not the wisdom of having the brain of a 40 year old) which prevents it from collectively thinking of secondary effects and loss of individual freedom. IE when it comes to economic issues, the Oregon electorate is most linear and undynamic in its reasoning at the ballot box.

    Interesting $125k is chosen as the threshold for extra income taxation. Just below this level in the $75k to $125k is a large swath of public employees, who live very comfortable lives while funding the continued takeover of Oregon by their union bosses. It will also be interesting if the legislature acts to take away some of the tax deductions for this group as well.

    • Contact

      Up vote. proffered by reader of the common sensor, Bob Clark.

  • Guest

    Sad, the socialists/democrats/labor groups are leading a anti-business campaign that will not help anyone. Small business will have to raise prices and hope all those that vote for the substantial increase will also pay for it. If not, look for a lot of those unintended consequences. Also, pray we do not get hit with another recession soon.

  • Roger

    As a barista, I only wish I could make 15 an hour. I hardly have enough money left for fun things like movies and such after I pay my rent, my cell bill, my cable bill, my DSL bill, and my payments on the 70 in TV I got with Bose sound system. If I make 12 including tips I am lucky.
    So, I hope this gets done and I can finally make a living wage.

    • guest

      Buenos dialysis Senor Winces!