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We Know We Tax Business Much Too Low; How About Some Solid, Sensible Solutions?

County citizens and other Oregonians pay about three times as much in individual state taxes as they did 25 years ago. Business pays one-third of it. Back then business paid two-thirds. Now it’s upside-down.

In fact, only two states tax businesses less than Oregon — Alaska and Maryland. That’s the news legislators learned this week from a non-partisan study.

Legislators are wrestling with a $1.8 billion shortfall this year, which would’ve been met had Measure 97 passed in November. It would’ve practically reversed the business vs. citizen tax ratio.

Here’s the full story with charts and the whole works from Oregon Live. And some responsible solutions from the Oregon Center for Public Policy.

Rally in Salem to Support Climate Change Legislation

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba will lead interested citizens to Salem Wednesday, March 1, for a 1 pm rally on the capitol steps concerning positive steps addressing climate change.

A carbon tax and cap and investment program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions covered in SB 557 and SB 748 will be heard in Hearing Room F at 3 pm.

Gamba said it is time to “demand bold state leadership on climate.” These pieces of legislation are part of that package.

You are encouraged to join the rally. There is no charge to attend the rally and/or to testify in favor of these bills.

Carpooling is recommended.

Pro-Trumpers in County Plan March to Support Him

It had to happen. Some local characters are fed up with all these popular anti-Trump marches, so they’re going to respond with their own pro-Trump event in Lake Oswego on March 4.

Kevin Kerwin owns a computer repair store prominently positioned (for political signs, which he displayed during the election) at the busy intersection of A and State Streets. State is also Highway 43, a main traffic arterial for commuters to Portland.

Kerwin, proud of Trump’s activities and record, said the march will be on sidewalks, thereby avoiding the need for permits (and, we suspect, because he’s only expecting a handful of people to participate) or simply reaffirming Republicans truly disdain certain regulations.

Already the word is out that groups are organizing a counter-march to Kerwin’s effort, at this point the only one of its kind in Oregon, though there are others planned nation-wide.

Check out this link for more about this strange but not unexpected occurrence.

Clackamas Democrats Support the National Popular Vote Compact

On Thursday Feb. 16, the Clackamas County Democratic Party Central Committee approved the attached resolution, which supports Representative Brian Clem’s bill HB 2731: “Enacts Interstate Compact for Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.”

You can track the progress of HB 2731 here.

County’s Toll, Riker Elected to Leadership in Congressional Democratic Committees

Two volunteer Democratic activists in Clackamas County have been elected to positions in the party’s broader structure.

CD 5 Committee (l to r) Annie Naranjo-Rivera, Peter Toll, outgoing Chair Sam Sappington, Scott Mills, Jacob Van Buskirk

Peter Toll, of Lake Oswego, is the new chair of the Democratic Fifth Congressional District Committee. He was elected by delegates from the seven counties in the district. Democrat Kurt Schrader is the incumbent representative from CD5. Continue reading

The New Yorker Takes a Very Close Look at Our Revved Up Governor, Kate Brown

One of the advantages of travel, of getting away from your home base, is the idea of being able to look back at your scene with a fresh perspective; either from afar or upon your return.

The way we can make use of that approach to our own state’s political leadership is by viewing it from the eyes of an out-of-stater writing for a highly considered East Coast-based publication.

In this case, we get an outsider’s look at Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat and a self-described radical feminist, in The New Yorker.