taxes

Idaho Airport Tax
5:23 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Tax Votes Shine Spotlight On Challenges Facing Small Town Airports

File photo of planes waiting for a take off slot at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho.
DieselDemon Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 4:22 pm

A ballot measure in the Sun Valley area is emblematic of the challenges facing small airports across the West. Residents of Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho decide Tuesday whether to raise city taxes to subsidize commercial airline service.

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Oregon Tax Increase
5:58 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Southern Oregon County Considers Tax Increase For Public Safety

If Curry County cannot find funding for the sheriff and the jail, Governor Kitzhaber could declare an emergency there.
Credit BikePortland.org / Flickr

Oregon’s special election concludes next week, and in Curry County on the south coast, voters will decide on a tax increase. The county is facing a $2 million budget shortfall, and it could be the first place Governor Kitzhaber declares a public safety fiscal emergency.

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Oregon Film and TV Taxes
6:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Oregon Film And TV Tax Credit Expansion Launches

Oregon lawmakers this year have expanded their film production incentives and has lured film and television shows to the state, including the NBC police drama Grimm, which starts its third season this week.
Credit vagueonthehow

Film and television producers will soon have an even greater incentive to shoot in Oregon. Starting Monday, the Oregon Department of Revenue will auction off tax credits to replenish a subsidy fund to lure major Hollywood productions to the state.

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Oregon Special Session
4:49 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Kitzhaber Says He'll Call Special Session

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Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:31 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he'll call lawmakers back to Salem this month for a special session on taxes and public pensions.

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Oregon Public Pensions
4:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber meets with education and business leaders in Hillsboro.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is hitting the road with his push for additional legislative action to curb public pension costs. The Democrat visited with local leaders in Hillsboro Friday.

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Timber Counties
5:36 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Could Act Soon On Timber County Rescue Plan

Timber at upper Charlotte Creek on the Elliott State Forest.
Credit Dan Jenkins / ODFW

A plan that would give state government broad powers to step in and bail out struggling timber counties could advance soon in the Oregon legislature. A House panel could vote as soon as Monday on a bill that could lead to a temporary tax hike in counties that are struggling to maintain basic services.

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Estate Tax Refunds
4:15 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Washington Estate Tax Refunds Go Out Friday, Unless Legislature Acts

Washington lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass a budget – if they hope to avoid a government shutdown. But there’s another costly deadline looming this week.

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Coal Mining Revenue
6:59 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming. A new federal report says taxpayers aren't getting the full value of coal mined on public land.
Credit Katie Campbell

The Federal government is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue from companies that mine coal on public lands. That’s according to a new report released by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Corporate Kicker
4:11 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Increased Corporate Tax Collections Could Trigger Oregon's Kicker Rebate

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 3:22 pm

Better-than-expected tax collections could trigger Oregon's unique kicker law, at least for corporations. The rebate is issued if revenues exceed initial projections by more than two percent. A newly released revenue forecast noted Thursday that business taxes have been robust enough to cross that threshold.

But state economist Mark McMullen says a final tally won't be made until later this year. "We believe that a kicker is better than a 50-50 shot. But not a sure thing. That came with a big surge in corporate taxes at the beginning of the year."

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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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