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Thursday, January 07, 2010

$4 million has been raised in support of Measures 66 and 67, $3.6 million of which came from public employee unions.

Meanwhile, opponents have raised $3.7 million, mostly from businesses, trade associations and wealthy individuals.

Both measures, approved last year by the Democrat-controlled Legislature, appear on the Jan. 26 ballot. Mail-in ballots will be sent to Oregon voters starting Friday. Measure 66 would increase state income taxes on high-income households. Measure 67 would raise business taxes, primarily on large corporations.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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0 #1 The Only Way to Stop Them is Reduce Their FundingLisa 2010-01-07 11:46:21
Instead of taking stock of Oregon's economy and tightening belts our state government has simply expanded to cover new programs, increased state worker salaries, etc. The only way to stop them is to cut off their funding.

Oregon's economy, is in the gutter. Unemployment is high. We want to ENCOURAGE high income individuals and businesses to either locate here or stay here.

Over the years I've seen many of the state's big businesses relocate to friendlier business environments. Can we learn from past mistakes?
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0 #2 A shrinking private sector asked to pay for a growing public sectorJohn 2010-01-07 22:48:00
A paradigm shift has to happen to save ourselves from ourselves. We the people have allowed our governments at all levels to develop a mindset of "protecting our people" at all costs when faced with diminishing resources. Over the past 10-15 years they have cut everything but personnel to placate the insidious power that really controls our governments ability to provide services - unions! Unions lock governments into pay raises consisting of steps and COLAs that can range from 5 - 7% per year without consideration of the government's anticipated revenues.

Until we send ourselves the message that our governments must do with what they have, they will continue to operate as an untouchable class when it comes to economic adjustments that should affect all sectors. Just as we have seen the private sector live within its means, the public sector has to prioritize its services based on real needs and not political paybacks and live within its own means.

Until we take control of our governemnts we won't have anyone else to blame but the mirror.
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