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Negotiating Tax Changes

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Democrats in the Oregon Legislature had a plan to raise $275 million in taxes from businesses and high-income earners. But last week, it was clear that the measure didn’t have enough support to pass the House. So, Democratic lawmakers scaled back their plans and passed a bill that was almost unrecognizable compared to what they started with. Now the legislation goes to the Senate, where Democrats could strike a deal to add back some of the original features of the plan. They will still have to win over House Republicans, who will get a chance to vote on the bill again if the Senate makes those changes.

Have you been following the Democrats’ tax plan? What do you think about it?


  • Larry George: Oregon State Senator (R-Sherwood) and Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee
  • Ginny Burdick: Oregon State Senator (D-Portland) and Chair of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee
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