A corporate sales tax measure is continuing to lose support as the Nov. 8 general election approaches, according to a new poll commissioned by FOX-12.
The poll also shows Kate Brown is on track to be elected Oregon governor, so the likely defeat of the Measure 97 corporate tax increase means she’ll face a big state budget deficit next year.
The poll, conducted by Portland’s DHM Research, shows that 53 percent of voters oppose Measure 97, while just 40 percent now support it. The level of support had been as high as 60 percent in a DHM poll conducted in September, but it had declined to 45 percent by early October.
Measure 97 would impose a 2.5 percent tax on corporations with more than $25 million a year in Oregon sales. It would raise $6 billion per biennial budget cycle. Oregon is facing a $1.4 billion deficit in the next two-year budget.
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