Talk:Oregon Tax Hike Vote, Measures 66 and 67 (January 2010)
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I got an e-mail on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 (the day after these measures were voted on) objecting to the use of the word "hike" in the title of the article: "Framing tax increases as 'tax hikes' is definitely not neutral."
A number of news publications also used the word "hike" to describe these measures:
- The Pew Center's Stateline: Ore. voters approve $727 million tax hike
- Huffington Post: Oregon Tax Hike On Wealthy, Businesses Passed By Voters
- The Olympian: Gregoire, Dems embrace Oregon tax-hike vote
- Los Angeles Times: Voters in Oregon OK tax hikes for some
The fact that these news sources also use the word "tax hike" doesn't mean that the phrase is neutral To me, "tax hike" and "tax increase" have the same connotation but "hike" is more journalistically vivid and interesting.
But at least one person -- the person who e-mailed me -- finds the use of the word "hike" to be problematic, so I'm leaving this note here to invite discussion. Leslie Graves 15:59, 27 January 2010 (CST)