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Voters' Pamphlet for tax measure going in mail
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Voters' Pamphlet for tax measure going in mail

BY CHARLES E. BEGGS

SALEM — If you're looking for answers about the tax increase on the Feb. 3 ballot, you'll be able to read all about it — including 75 arguments for and against the measure — in the state Voters' Pamphlet that was sent to post offices on Tuesday. The pamphlets — which officials say should reach most Oregon households by Friday — contain the official text of Measure 30 and as well as 55 arguments for the tax increase and 20 against. The measure would raise $800 million, mostly by temporarily boosting income taxes, to balance the current two-year state budget.

01/07/2004
Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon
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Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon

BY BRAD CAIN

SALEM, Ore. - In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state worker salaries. At the same time, Kulongoski worked with legislators, including Republicans - to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at giving a boost to the state's economy. With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

12/22/2003
Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon
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Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon

BY BRAD CAIN

In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state workers' salaries. At the same time, he worked with legislators — including Republicans — to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at boosting the state's economy. With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

12/22/2003
Businesses back tax hike opponents
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Businesses back tax hike opponents

BY Brad Cain

SALEM - Opponents of the Legislature's tax hike raised $600,000 for their effort to force the issue to a statewide vote, and the leader of the drive says another $1 million may be raised for the coming campaign to persuade voters to reject the tax. Last week, state elections officials said opponents had collected enough signatures to force a Feb. 3 election on the tax plan, which includes a temporary surcharge on personal income taxes and permanent increases in some business taxes.

12/11/2003
Voters will decide tax increase
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Voters will decide tax increase

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM- The Legislature's tax increase package will go to voters at a Feb. 3 special election, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced Wednesday. The development was no surprise because tax opponents turned in many more signatures than needed to put the measure on the ballot. Based on a sampling of the referendum petitions, Bradbury said, there were 118,000 valid signatures from registered voters - far more than the 50,000 needed.

12/03/2003
Anti-tax advocates turn in referendum signatures
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Anti-tax advocates turn in referendum signatures

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM - Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax increase turned in 147,000 signatures by their count Tuesday, nearly three times the amount needed to let voters have their say on the tax package. If at least 50,420 of those signatures are declared valid, the tax increase will be blocked until a special Feb. 3 mail election. "We're confident the referendum will qualify for the ballot," petition drive leader Russ Walker said at a news conference before submitting the petitions to the secretary of state's office.

11/26/2003
State won't change tax plan's ballot title
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State won't change tax plan's ballot title

BY BRAD CAIN

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - State officials are refusing to remove references to budget cuts from the ballot title of a measure to overturn the Legislature's tax hike package. Anti-tax activists who are collecting signatures to put the issue to a Feb. 3 statewide vote asked Secretary of State Bill Bradbury this week to reconsider the ballot summary for the proposed measure. They said the wording, drafted by Attorney General Hardy Myers, should not refer to budget cuts because the tax increase bill itself doesn't make any cuts.

10/31/2003
Tax measure foes protest ballot summary
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Tax measure foes protest ballot summary

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM - Bickering continues over how the Legislature's tax increases will be described on the ballot if opponents succeed in forcing an election. Those against the tax measure have asked Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to reconsider the official ballot summary for the measure. They say the wording, drafted by Attorney General Hardy Myers, should not refer to budget cuts because the bill itself doesn't make any cuts.

10/29/2003
Tax opponents confident of forcing Feb. 3 election
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Tax opponents confident of forcing Feb. 3 election

03 Associated Press (AP) Newswires 02:12:16 Associated Press Newswires Tax opponents confident of forcing Feb. 3 election TEXT: SALEM, Ore. (AP) - With the signature turn-in deadline a month away, opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax hike say they are "well on ... Word Count: 412

10/28/2003
Ala. Gov.: Christian Duty to Boost Taxes
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Ala. Gov.: Christian Duty to Boost Taxes

BY Wire Story

Alabama's new governor is trying to persuade voters to approve the biggest tax increase in state history by telling them it is their Christian duty. And for a state in the Bible Belt, that might seem like a winning strategy. Copyright © 2002 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

07/30/2003

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