taxes

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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Two-Thirds Requirement
6:07 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Tim Eyman Proposes Yearly Advisory Votes On Two-Thirds For Tax Hikes

It’s been nearly two months since the Washington Supreme Court tossed out a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes. Monday, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman proposed an initiative he describes as a “lobbying tool” to bring back the super majority rule.

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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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Tax Proposal
5:14 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Oregon Democrats Unveil Revenue Increase Proposal

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 4:53 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Democrats in the Oregon legislature are offering up more details of their plan to raise an additional $275 million for the upcoming budget. High-income earners and some businesses would pay more under the proposal, which was released Tuesday.

Democratic leaders say under their plan, less than five percent of Oregonians would pay more in taxes. The increases are aimed at households earning more than $250,000. Those taxpayers would be able to claim fewer deductions and exemptions on their tax returns.

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Supermajority Ruling
6:20 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Supermajority Ruling Is Personal Defeat For Fiery Initiative Activist

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is a personal defeat for initiative activist Tim Eyman. Over the years, he sponsored three of the five ballot measures that enacted the supermajority rule.

Outside the Capitol after the ruling, reporters noted that Eyman seemed more subdued than defiant.

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