Some Big Ideas to Fund Oregon’s Priorities

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initiativesidebanner1On April 26, we filed numerous initiative petitions with the Secretary of State’s office for the 2014 election.

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These initiatives would raise hundreds of millions of dollars to more than $1 billion in funding for Oregon’s classrooms and critical services by raising tax rates on large corporations. Most of these corporations are headquartered out of state, but make a lot of money here—and are essentially getting a free ride.

There’s not yet been any one magic solution proposed that can solve the problem, so we’re filing many different initiatives as a way of keeping multiple ideas on the table in case we need to pursue them. It’s very early in the process, and we won’t have a decision about what initiatives we move forward on for several months.

Right now, Oregon is tied for the lowest business taxes in the nation. Our business taxes are far below our closest neighbors, including Washington. It should be no wonder, then, that we have the third largest class sizes in the country and one of the shortest school years.

Find out more about these potential initiatives here.

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