Have you heard? Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown came out endorsing a $6 billion tax measure that will be on the ballot this fall. Measure 97, a gross receipts tax aimed at corporations, would effectively function as a sales tax on Oregon consumers.
Given her political history, it wasn't a surprise that Kate Brown endorsed a tax measure. It is shocking, however, that anyone would support more taxes now, considering the current lack of financial accountability in state government.
It's time that the governor and state officials more wisely spend the existing tax dollars they've been entrusted with. Oregon currently spends more tax dollars per person than any other state in the west, according to the Taxpayer Association of Oregon. That's $8,157 per person!
Over the next few weeks I'll continue to highlight ways where state government accountability needs to improve.
So far there's been no word from my opponent about whether he supports the $6 billion tax measure. As your State Representative, I will continue to stand against this kind of reckless spending.
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