Yesterday we told you about increases in state corporate and personal income taxes, which seemed all but assured. Not so fast. The Oregon Senate yesterday failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to raise taxes. Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) broke party ranks with his 17 fellow Senate Democrats by voting against one of the bills, so both were tabled. Sen. Hass supports the tax hikes, but only as a temporary measure until the storm passes and the economy improves. Democrats need 18 votes in the Senate to raise taxes, so it appears they will either need to make cuts to balance the budget, or amend the bills so that Hass comes on board (and the other 17 Democrats stay on board). How this will affect state programs and services, including those serving agriculture, we’re not sure. High drama in the Legislature …
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.