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Soak The Rich/Tax Business Or Paying Their Fair Share?

by Laural Porter

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

Oregon lawmakers have voted to raise income taxes on the state's higher income earners and on Oregon businesses.
It's a move many lawmakers feel was necessary to balance the budget, protect Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, and adequately fund education.

On the other hand,many Oregon businesses feel unfairly singled out.
They're not opposed to education or paying their fair share, but say they weren't given a place at the table for discussion.

They agree the corporate minimum tax should be raised from ten dollars,but not to the level approved by lawmakers.

Many businesses also think the state needs to find a better way to fund services without continually asking taxpayers for more.

John Marshall, a lobbyist for Oregon Associated Industries told me, he thinks the state needs to find a way save its first dollar rather than what's left over.

It's an interesting debate and one we'll have on "Straight Talk" this week.

My guests, political consultant, and former Democratic US Senate candidate, Steve Novick, and the OAI's John Marshall.

Join us Saturday at 6:30pm for "Straight Talk" and leave your comments here.
And as always, let's keep talking.