Press release from House Gop Office 8/31/07:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS REMIND DEMOCRATS NOT TO TAKE THE KICKER
State scheduled to refund $1.073 billion to personal income taxpayers
SALEM”” Oregon House Republicans today reminded Democrats not to take Oregonians’ kicker checks after state economists projected $1.073 billion would be refunded to taxpayers.
“The Democrat-controlled state government has already delayed the delivery of checks from November to December,” said Deputy Republican Leader Andy Olson (R-Albany), a member of the House Revenue Committee. “Democrats need to be honest with Oregonians, and ensure they’ll uphold the will of Oregonians and send kicker checks to taxpayers before Christmas.”
Oregon taxpayers can expect an average kicker check of $612, or 18.6 percent of their pre-credit tax liability. Democrats failed to pass legislation in 2007 to eliminate kicker checks (HB 3049).
“Oregon’s kicker law is under attack,” Rep. Olson said. “House Republicans will stand firm to protect the personal kicker. We will make sure every dime is returned to taxpayers and won’t be spent to grow the size of government.”