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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
From what I remember of the last kicker, it cost a tremendous amount of money to actually send out the checks to every Oregon taxpayer (according to the Oregon Center for Public Policy, this cost about one million dollars to do http://www.ocpp.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?page=iss071026kicker).
The cost to refund alone is enough to reconsider the kicker in its current form. Along with others on this blog, I also feel the kicker system is shortsighted. I would like to see other, smarter options for revenue excesses such as a system (perhaps a state bank that cascadian mentioned) that would set aside money for loans to small enterprise, grants, public projects, preventive health measures, etc. so that we can take that million + and help create innovative projects for our state.
Clearly the last kicker in 2007 could have helped us out in our current downturn... I resent that those who pushed for a constitutional kicker are now the ones saying the government is inept at budgeting, even though everyone should know that budgeting in a recession is next to impossible. Lets think more long-sighted than short for once.
posted 3 years, 3 months ago
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