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Measure 30 Voters' Guide
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Measure 30 Voters' Guide

WHAT IT WOULD DO The measure would raise $800 million in various state taxes for the 2003-05 budget. The largest would be a three-year income tax surcharge, but the measure also includes a reduction in the senior citizen medical deduction, an increase in corporate minimum taxes, a reduction in the discount for early payment of property taxes and other provisions. From Our Advertiser The measure, a referendum, is not a repeal of the plan the Legislature passed. A yes vote would enact The tax increase package; a no vote would reject it. WHO'S BEHIND IT

01/16/2004
Yes on Measure 30
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Yes on Measure 30

BY Editorial

Measure 30 is asking a lot of Oregonians. The ballots mailed to voters today seek $800 million in taxes to sustain schools and other public services. It asks for new taxes at a tough time for many families and businesses. Yet the burden would be broadly shared. The typical Oregonian would pay about $81 a year in additional taxes if Measure 30 is approved, according to an analysis by the Oregon Center for Public Policy.

01/16/2004
Oppose New Taxes in Arkansas
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Oppose New Taxes in Arkansas

January 15, 2004 Dear Arkansas State Leaders: We are writing to offer our firm opposition to any plan that would raise taxes on Arkansas residents this year. Raising taxes and pouring more money into a broken public school system will not improve the state’s schools. Rather, unless serious education reforms are undertaken, Arkansas taxpayers will see their money wasted. We urge the Arkansas Legislature and Governor Huckabee to oppose – and vote against (or veto) – any and all tax increases.

01/15/2004
Referendum committee hiding backers, says watchdog agency
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Referendum committee hiding backers, says watchdog agency

Money in Politics Research Action Project is questioning sources of funding for the referendum campaign aimed at overturning a $800 million tax increase for the Oregon state budget. Loopholes in Oregon's disclosure laws allowed the campaign to shield much of its funding by reporting totals of in-kind contributions from key allies, said the organization, which is known for its "Follow the Money" research.

01/15/2004
Rainier, Clatskanie school districts brace for key vote on Measure 30
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Rainier, Clatskanie school districts brace for key vote on Measure 30

BY Venice Buhain

Columbia County voters, along with voters in the rest of the state, will decide whether to confirm or reject the tax hike that the Oregon Legislature used to balance the state's budget through 2005. The election pits those who oppose what they call the "biggest tax increase in Oregon history" with those who fear an 8 or 9 percent cut in next year's local school budgets.

01/15/2004
Tort Reform Report Lacks Verdict
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Tort Reform Report Lacks Verdict

From the Charleston Gazette January 13, 2004, Tuesday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers The Legislature's committee on tort reform issued its final report Monday. In it, the members made no recommendation, presented no "findings of fact," and asked that the group be disbanded. Observers expect the tort reform debate to continue to be contentious. They studied tort reform and rising insurance rates for almost a year. They heard conflicting reports from trial lawyers and insurance companies.

01/13/2004
Two former governors support temporary tax
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Two former governors support temporary tax

BY The Associated Press

Two former Oregon governors Monday joined to support a temporary tax increase that voters will consider in February. Former Govs. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, and Vic Atiyeh, a Republican, said social services, health care and education will suffer if Measure 30 is defeated. Measure 30, on the Feb. 3 ballot, would raise $800 million to balance the state budget. Lawmakers outlined cuts in K-12 education, human services and public safety if the measure fails.

01/13/2004
Room for One More Rulemaking Think Tank?
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Room for One More Rulemaking Think Tank?

BY Cindy Skrzycki

There is the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Heritage Foundation, and the Center for Progressive Regulation. Not to mention the lawyers and academics who delve into the regulatory fine print for a living, churning out policy papers, books and research. Does Washington need another regulatory think tank?

01/13/2004
Registration deadline is impending for voters
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Registration deadline is impending for voters

BY Emerald editorial board

In recent weeks, ASUO has cranked up its perennial voter-registration drive in preparation for the upcoming Feb. 3 special election, wherein voters will decide whether to approve tax hikes that supporters say are essential to state services. And the Emerald Editorial Board, with the maintenance of your civil responsibilities and empowerment in mind, is reminding you that today is your last day to register to vote in that election.

01/13/2004
Economy is the wild card in Measure 30
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Economy is the wild card in Measure 30

BY James Sinks

SALEM — Read carefully the fine print in Measure 30, and you'll find a small sweetener. The centerpiece of the tax package, which appears on the Feb. 3 special election ballot, is a three-year income tax increase. But there's a possibility the tax surcharge could be assessed for just two years. The wild card is the state's economy, and how it performs in the coming year.

01/13/2004

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