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Oregonians soundly defeat tax increase
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Oregonians soundly defeat tax increase

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) --Oregon voters resoundingly rejected a proposed $800 million tax hike, turning aside warnings about looming state budget cuts for schools and other key services. With 95 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the measure was failing 59 percent to 41 percent. Rejection of the tax package automatically triggers $544 million in spending cuts on May 1. Political analyst Jim Moore said the vote showed that Oregonians weren't swayed by warnings that schools and other services would suffer big cuts without the tax increase.

02/04/2004
Voters trounce Measure 30
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Voters trounce Measure 30

BY STEVE LAW

PHOTO/TIMOTHY J. GONZALEZ Russ Walker (center), chief petitioner for Measure 30, and Angela Wilhelms (right), campaign manager, react to the first vote tally on the income tax measure Tuesday in Wilsonville. Measure 30 was rejected by Oregon voters in the vote by mail election. Voters sent a clear message to lawmakers Tuesday: Lower our taxes. Oregonians easily overturned the state Legislature’s $1.2 billion tax increase, rejecting the tax referendum by a 3-to-2 margin.

02/04/2004
Measure 30 opponents happy with victory
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Measure 30 opponents happy with victory

BY From Bend.com news sources

February 3 - SALEM - Oregon voters on Tuesday rejected Measure 30, a compilation of $1.1 billion in new taxes, by an overwhelming margin (60 to 40 percent, at least count). The special election for Measure 30 was a referral of House Bill 2152, the comprehensive tax package passed by the legislature and signed by the governor last fall.

02/04/2004
Oregonians soundly defeat tax increase, triggering cuts to services
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Oregonians soundly defeat tax increase, triggering cuts to services

BY BRAD CAIN

(02-04) 01:48 PST PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon voters resoundingly rejected a proposed $800 million tax hike, turning aside warnings about looming state budget cuts for schools and other key services. With 95 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the measure was failing 59 percent to 41 percent. Rejection of the tax package automatically triggers $544 million in spending cuts on May 1. Political analyst Jim Moore said the vote showed that Oregonians weren't swayed by warnings that schools and other services would suffer big cuts without the tax increase.

02/04/2004
Oregon gov says painful spending cuts now inevitable
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Oregon gov says painful spending cuts now inevitable

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski directed state agencies Wednesday to seek ways to protect vital services after voters rejected an $800 million tax increase, but said painful spending cuts are inevitable. "There will be loss of essential programs," including lopping about 50,000 low-income people from the state health plan, he said. "There will be drastic consequences to some citizens," the Democrat said. The proposed tax hike failed 59 percent to 41 percent. Rejection automatically triggers $544 million in spending cuts on May 1.

02/04/2004
Oregon soundly defeats tax increase, triggering cuts to services
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Oregon soundly defeats tax increase, triggering cuts to services

BY Brad Cain

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon voters resoundingly rejected a proposed $800 million tax hike, turning aside warnings about looming state budget cuts for schools and other key services. With 95 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the measure was failing 59 percent to 41 percent. Rejection of the tax package automatically triggers $544 million in spending cuts on May 1. Political analyst Jim Moore said the vote showed that Oregonians weren't swayed by warnings that schools and other services would suffer big cuts without the tax increase.

02/04/2004
Governor directs agencies to find ways to soften spending cuts
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Governor directs agencies to find ways to soften spending cuts

BY CHARLES E. BEGGS

Gov. Ted Kulongoski directed state agencies Wednesday to seek ways to protect vital services after voters rejected an $800 million tax increase, but said major spending cuts will have to be implemented. "There will be loss of essential programs," including lopping about 50,000 low-income people from the state health plan, he said. "There will be drastic consequences to some citizens," the Democrat said. The proposed tax hike failed 59 percent to 41 percent. Rejection of the tax package automatically triggers $544 million in spending cuts on May 1.

02/04/2004
Welcome to the Party
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Welcome to the Party

BY Jeffrey Marcus

Sarah Marcus, nursing a $5 Miller Lite from the cash bar at the the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, wants somebody to beat President Bush. "I know Republicans have more money than Democrats and that [irritates] me," she said, referring to the disparity in political fundraising.

02/03/2004
Vote turnout hasn’t measured up
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Vote turnout hasn’t measured up

BY STEVE LAW

Voter turnout for the Measure 30 tax increase is down compared to a similar election a year ago, but public employee-rich Marion County has the heaviest turnout in the state. Not counting late votes arriving Monday and today, 48 percent of Oregon’s registered voters have cast ballots on the $1.2 billion tax package. This time a year ago, 53 percent of registered voters — or 100,000 more people — had cast ballots on the smaller tax increase known as Measure 28.

02/03/2004
Alternative Minimum Tax Fix? No Rush
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Alternative Minimum Tax Fix? No Rush

BY Janet Novack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Along with its proposed 2005 budget, the Bush Administration this week produced a document--known as the "blue book" for the color of its cover--detailing its proposals for $1.24 trillion in tax cuts over the next ten years. Compared to the budget, the blue book is light reading at just 195 pages. But like this year's budget itself, it is most remarkable for what it leaves out.

02/03/2004

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