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Are Oregonians Ready to Pay More Taxes?

by Laural Porter

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

That was the central point of debate during the taping of this week's
"Straight Talk".

My guests Democratic Representative and House Majority Leader, Mary Nolan, and the head of Oregon's Republican party, Bob Tiernan,squared off.

The Democrats' proposed budget includes 800-million dollars in new taxes,including an increase in the corporate minimum tax, an income tax hike on the wealthiest Oregonians, and an increase in the gas tax.

Tiernan tore into that plan,calling it the worst time to raise taxes on Oregon's citizens and companies. He said the state doesn't have a revenue problem but a spending problem.

On the other hand, Rep. Nolan said companies she's talked with are willing to pay more, if necessary, to continue state services and to fund education, if the money is spent wisely.
She says lawmakers are working diligently to make prudent choices about spending and what needs to be cut.

Their exchanges are lively.
It's the most fiery conversation we've had since "Straight Talk" debuted in January.

I think I may need to take some lessons from Chris Matthews from MSNBC's "Hard Ball" about the best way to moderate shows like this.
It's new for me.

I'd love to hear you comments about the show.
Check it out Saturday evening at 6:30pm on KGW Newschannel 8.
You can also watch it here on this website after it airs.

Thanks for watching and let's keep talking.