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I recently learned that the $6,000 Oregon Tax Credit for installing solar is ending at the end of 2017. Because switching from fossil fuels to solar energy will help slow climate change + knowing this information will save people money + this feels like the right thing to do

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Submitted by Sarah Westover, a Jackson County resident and No LNG Campaign Organizer at Rogue Climate, and Nicholas Caleb, born and raised in Klamath Falls and the staff attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy

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By Bob Rees of Milwaukie, OR. Bob is the Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, 6th generation Oregonian, and a 26 year professional fishing guide. Across the country, fishing may be seen as a relaxing hobby. But as we know it in Oregon and Clackamas Cou

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Tax policy took center stage in the 2017 legislative session. From a corporate tax reform proposal that fizzled, to a successful effort to protect health care coverage with health provider taxes, to a far-reaching transportation pack

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As the legislative session winds down, the Oregon Senate has an opportunity to correct a serious tax injustice from a few years back, while also helping preserve services that protect the most vulnerable Oregonians. With a simple majority vote, the Senate can and should cut the tax break for “suits and scrubs.”

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It’s never too late to hope that lawmakers do the right thing. Here at the Oregon Center for Public Policy, we hope lawmakers enact a commercial activities tax that raises game-changing revenue, so Oregon can finally upgrade our schools and essential services. If they take that bold move, the Center hopes they will inc

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By Kelsey Denogean of Portland, Oregon. Kelsey is the owner of Pieper Cafe and a Main Street Alliance of Oregon Member. I love owning a small business but the potential changes in health care legislation has me worried about my business’ future prosperity. As the owner

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Twenty-five cents for every $100 in sales. That is how much a company in the construction industry with $100 million in Oregon sales would pay under the commercial activities tax (CAT) being discussed in the legislature. Those 25 cents would be paid by the company, reducing the profit passed along to the

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I’ve heard some folks opposed to enacting a Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) complain that taxing gross receipts, rather than profits, is unfair. And yet the personal income tax Oregonians pay functions, in large part, like a gross receipts tax. The big difference is the proposed CAT would be minuscule c

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In an 11th hour controversy, NW Pride Director Debra Porta asked Portland Police and Sheriff Deputies planning to march in this weekend's Pride parade to do so not wearing the uniform. Porta reported that the Northwest Pride Board was prompted to take the action by community members who'd had issues with police: "

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Public structures and quality of life matter, not state rankings

Click image to enlarge. With lawmakers considering an overhaul

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This time, what’s good for Kansas is good for Oregon

This week, the Kansas legislature finally had enough. On a bipartisan vote, it

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You don’t need to look far to see that Oregon is not investing enough to meet the needs and aspirations of Oregonians. For example, to reach its K-12 education goals, Oregon’s experts on quality education say Oregon would need to

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Lights out at a Brighter Oregon

With the clock ticking on an Oregon legislative session that has yet to resolve a $1.4 billion revenue shortfall, the business lobby got an opportunity last Thursday to offer its solution to the problem. The testim

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By Anthony Bencivengo of Portland, Oregon. Anthony studies environmental policy at Reed College. When was the last time you drove somewhere? If you’re a college student like me, it might take you awhile to remember. I haven’t driven myself anywhere in weeks because I

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By Henry Waxman and Erica Stock. Former Congressman Henry A. Waxman spent 40 years serving in the US House of Representatives, serving as chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was a lead author of the la

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By Shamus Cooke of Portland, Oregon. Shamus is an organizer for Portland Tenants United. Oregon’s housing crisis is suffocating the state, and Democrats have the power to fix it. But will they? The Democrat-dominated

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School districts in Oregon have been drawing up plans for staff cuts, in case the Oregon legislature fails to come up with the revenue needed to fill a $1.4 billion state revenue hole. And according to several teach

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Poor children don’t have a megaphone. They can’t create a dark money-funded group to pay for TV ads that attack lawmakers for their ideas. Yet, Oregon’s most vulnerable kids have an outsized stake in the cu

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The Oregon House leadership should be commended for putting forward a bold revenue proposal that would improve the lives of Oregonians. Their Oregon Education Investment Initiative would not only help fill the existing bud

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By Jacel Egan of Salem, Oregon. Jacel is the marketing communications manager at icitizen, civic engagement tool that connects citizens and their elected officials through online polling. According to a new icitizen survey released by Sen. Chuck Riley (OR-15), more than nine in 1

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May Day, for some Americans, is a celebration of spring’s arrival, replete with bright flowers and maypoles. But for many around the world, May 1st is International Worker’s Day. It commemorates the deaths of protestors fighting for an eight-hour workday in Chicago’s Haymarket Square in 1886. So today is a g

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It’s 4/20. For some, this date may trigger the often-asked questions: How much revenue is the tax on marijuana generating? And what’s it being spent on? Oregon’s state tax on marijuana brought in abo

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Dark political money is flowing in Oregon. It seeks to squelch efforts in the legislature to raise taxes on corporations. This is happening, of course, as a $1.6 billion revenue shortfall threatens cuts to schools, heal

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You may have heard the radio ads, seen the large newspaper ads, or pulled the shiny postcard from your mailbox touting a proposal to create a “First-Time Home Buyers Savings Account.” The marketing materials are from an entity wi

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By Jody Wiser of Portland, Oregon. Jody is an advocate for progressive tax policy at Tax Fairness Oregon. If business organizations aren't going to support a reasonable increase in business taxes, the Legislature should eliminate al

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In a world in which the State of Oregon has unlimited revenue to spend addressing society's needs for education, economic development, housing, health care, child foster care, seniors’ care, and the like, it might be okay to give everyone a housing subsidy. Of course, that’s not the world we live in. W

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It’s a stain on the conscience of Oregon. Last year, 21,000 school children in Oregon experienced

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Whom, exactly, does U.S. Congressman Greg Walden represent? Officially, of course, he represents all the people living in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, a vast area encompassing Oregon east of the Cascades and southern Oregon. But it that is not the impression one gets when looking at the GOP health refor

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By Pete Hybertsen of Portland, Oregon. Peter is a renter and organizer with Portland Tenants United. For any of you who’ve been thawed out of a glacier lately, or just haven’t been keeping much of an eye on Oregon politics, let’s get this out of the way first; Housing is ar

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