Kotek’s $600M surplus looks fishy

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Just remember, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek discovered almost $600 million in surplus funds in December.

At the same time, she is pushing for a 7 station tolling plan to toll the living daylights out of anyone who enters the Portland Metro area.

Also, Oregon State Representative Paul Evans is pushing for a statewide property tax (HJR 201) to pay for forestry and earthquake related expenses.  At the same time there is a timber tax bill in the Legislature that aims to pay for forestry issues.

Why can’t the $600 million go towards repairing bridges so we don’t need tolls?   Or for one-time seismic upgrades so we do not need a brand new statewide PERMANENT property tax scheme?

Instead Gov. Kotek wishes to spend the surplus on helping people build private homes at a discount and also to subsidize people’s rent by the tens of millions.   Maybe, if Governor Kotek didn’t enact wide-sweeping rent control in 2019 (which caused rent prices to spike) we wouldn’t need to send vouchers to people to pay for the problem that Kotek helped create.

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