budget

Tax Campaign
4:28 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Union-Backed Group Files Corporate Tax Hike Initiatives

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:31 pm

Two days after a proposed tax hike faltered in the Oregon House, a union-backed group has filed initiatives to raise taxes on corporations. The move by Our Oregon Friday could be a repeat of a bitter tax fight three years ago.

Our Oregon has successfully led two tax campaigns in the last few years. The group estimates the six initiatives it’s looking at for 2014 would raise corporate taxes anywhere from $75 million to more than $1 billion a year.

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Washington Special Session
6:45 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Special Session Looms In Olympia

Washington’s 105-day legislative session ends this Sunday. House Democrats took a nearly $1 billion tax vote Wednesday. But there’s still no budget deal. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins says Governor Jay Inslee stopped short of saying a special session will be necessary.

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Washington Legislature
5:32 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Washington Governor Wants DUI, Gun Bills Plus Budget

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Governor Jay Inslee is like the gambler. He says it would take an “inside straight” for the legislature to complete its work by Sunday’s deadline. 

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Oregon House
4:43 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mixed Day For House Democrats: PERS Passes, Tax Hike Fails

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 4:39 pm

It was a day of drama in the Oregon House Wednesday. First, majority Democrats failed to round up enough “yes” votes for a $275 million tax hike. Then, Democrats scored a victory by sending their version of a public pension cost-cutting proposal to Governor John Kitzhaber.

The plan targeted upper income earners and corporations. But tax hikes require a three-fifths vote and Democrats needed at least two Republicans to cross the aisle to move their measure forward. That didn't happen.

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Washington Budget
4:46 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Prospect Of Washington Special Session Looms

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:27 am

It appears more likely Washington lawmakers will go into an overtime session. The regular 105-day session ends this Sunday. But the House and Senate, along with the governor, still have to agree on a two-year budget deal. Even if a deal was at hand -- and it doesn’t appear one is -- they’d be cutting it close.

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Tax Measure
6:03 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Washington Tax Hearing Brings Out Competing Tales Of Hardship

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 3:23 pm

Washington House Democrats are getting praise and scorn for their proposed $1.3 billion tax package for schools. At a public hearing Friday lawmakers heard tales of hardship from people for and against the tax measure.

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Sales Tax Proposal
5:27 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Hear Sales Tax Proposal

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:22 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber told lawmakers Monday to approach a possible sales tax with caution. Oregon is one of five states without a sales tax and critics say that leaves state finances vulnerable to economic ups and downs.

The governor told a Senate panel that a sales tax is one possible component of a major overhaul to the state's tax code. But he said it can only happen if Oregonians are on-board.

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Charity Deduction Proposal
4:56 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Democrats Back Away From Charity Deduction Proposal

Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:46 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Democrats in the Oregon House are backing away from a key aspect of their budget-balancing tax measure. They’re no longer proposing to end the deduction for charitable donations for some high-income earners. The move Monday comes in the face of withering criticism from nonprofits.

The original plan would have applied only to households earning more than $250,000. Majority Democrats said it would have affected less than 3 percent of Oregon taxpayers. But nonprofits complained that those taxpayers are the ones with the ability to make bigger donations.

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Oregon Sales Tax
7:22 am
Mon April 15, 2013

On Tax Day, Oregon Lawmakers Consider A Sales Tax

One of the most politically sensitive topics in Oregon is up for debate at the state capitol Monday. Lawmakers will hold a hearing on whether to ask Oregon voters to approve a sales tax. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington State Budget
5:06 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Washington House Democrats: Extend Taxes, End Tax Breaks To Fund Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington House Democrats have unveiled a proposed two-year budget that looks a lot like Governor Jay Inslee’s. It would renew expiring tax hikes, close several tax exemptions and put the new money into public schools.

House Democrats would actually spend a tad more than the governor. But their approach is very similar. For example: extend an expiring tax on beer and end the sales tax exemption for bottled water and shoppers from sales tax free Oregon.

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