I'm back on "Straight Talk" this week after a couple of weeks off.
I went on a family research trip with my Mom and oldest daughter in Scotland.
We had a great time together, but it's nice to be back interviewing some fascinating guests on "Straight Talk" this week.
I want to thank Joe Donlon and Wayne Havrelly for filling in while I was gone.
This week, we tackle the debate over the higher taxes passed by the Oregon legislature this year.
A coalition of business groups has collected enough signatures to get the issue before voters.
If the signatures are verified, On January 26th, you'll have the chance to vote on whether the taxes on businesses and higher income earners should stand.
I have three guests this week.
Jon Chandler heads up the business group that collected the signatures.
He opposes the taxes.
Steve Novick represents "Defend Oregon", a group that supports the new taxes.
And Ryan Deckert heads up the Oregon Business Association, a group of 300-businesses including Nike and Portland General Electric.
This group has voted not to take a position yet.
On Saturday night, you'll hear Chandler explain why his coalition thinks the new taxes will kill jobs, and why he feels businesses have been unfairly targeted.
Steve Novick argues that Oregon businesses have enjoyed lower than average taxes and can afford to pay more to keep schools open a full school year, and to support critical state services.
You'll hear Ryan Deckert detail why his association would rather see a sales tax than the taxes lawmakers passed.
It's an interesting and lively discussion.
Join me Saturday night at 6:30pm, and then leave your comments here.
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Thank you for watching.
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