By Peter Toll
Jim Bernard and Kate Brown share a problem: their respective road systems are falling apart from lack of proper upkeep, and there’s no money to fix them.
Clackamas County Commissioners put an advisory measure on the November ballot asking voters if they liked the idea of a gasoline tax to raise money to maintain our roads. Portland voters approved a 10-cents a gallon tax, after all, to fix roads there.
Two years ago, Governor Brown and the Legislature tried to put together a package involving a clean fuel proposal and a gasoline tax. In both cases, voters representing largely rural areas shot both tax ideas down.
Clackamas voters told Chair Bernard by a 2-to-1 margin that they already had enough taxes, thank you, and a gas tax was a bad idea. Find another plan, is what Chair Bernard and the commissioners heard. Continue reading
Clackamas Democrats endorsed A Better Oregon’s campaign at our November meeting. Here’s a message from Our Oregon about the campaign.
Last week, Wal-Mart posted their third quarter earnings, and they were a whopper, with $4.5 billion in profits in the U. S. alone. Just another reminder that Wal-Mart can definitely afford to pay their workers more — and they can definitely afford to pay their fair share in taxes.
So why a Wal-Mart reminder now? Well, The Oregonian recently published yet another article in their series on A Better Oregon — the campaign to make large and out-of-state corporations pay their fair share in taxes. And once again, their piece reiterates refrains that the business community has been singing, though this time The O focuses on what they call “low-margin businesses.” Continue reading
Here’s a message from the Democratic Party of Oregon.
By Peter Toll
Many people are gearing up for the regular Oregon legislative session next week. Hundreds of lobbyists are meeting with their clients to put schemes and dreams into law or to protect their positions. Bureaucrats are mulling whether to ignore or cater to the biennial barrage from legislators, the only chance elected officials get to shake a fist at them. Salem is gearing up.
But what about the regular folks? Those in the dwindling middle class in Milwaukie or Sandy, Molalla or Oregon City? What about the one-in-five Oregon children living in poverty? Or the motorist forced to endure the constantly deteriorating roads and highways, the bridges of our county and state? The list goes on and on. Who will represent these people in the fighting and clawing, biting and scratching for new laws? Continue reading
Oregon’s Political Tax Credit is a gift for you to help support your favorite causes and candidates. Up to $100 per couple filing jointly or $50 per individual — if you do it by Dec. 31, 2014. You’ll get it all back in a tax credit on your Oregon income taxes.
It’s not a deduction, it is a dollar-for-dollar credit. So it doesn’t cost you a cent.
You can donate to your favorite County Party, our state or national party, a campaign organization such as DCCC, or any candidate for the upcoming May 2015 Special District elections, or even for the 2016 General Election. To find a specific candidate or fund, go to this Act Blue page and click the candidate or organization you want to contribute to.
Take advantage of this little gem today. And then do it again in January for next year’s taxes.
Now that tax season is settling down a bit, a refresher course in who pays the most taxes (percentage-wise) is in order. A good source is Robert Reich. He is University of California/Berkeley professor and former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Reich’s narrative combines with some extremely well done graphics to superbly illustrate the basic points of our outrageous American tax disparity. It also points out that Congressional Republicans continue to demand yet more tax cuts for the very rich. This is especially curious because they’re also getting the biggest break under current law. What was that about the rich always getting richer? Sure, if government policy helps.
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