Website launched to track impact of Oregon Measures 66 & 67
SALEM, Oregon: Late last week Alliance of Oregon’s Business Associations announced the launch of OregonTaxResponse.com, a website aimed at capturing and quantifying the impact of Measures 66 and 67. The organization is comprised of more than 30 trade associations and chambers of commerce which represent approximately more than 25,000 businesses. According to J. L. Wilson, spokesperson for the Alliance, one of the reasons behind the website is,"The Oregon Employment Department just announced that Oregon lost 1,200 jobs in February, right on the heels of Measures 66 and 67. Businesses are telling us that the tax hikes are resulting in postponed investments, business expansion in states other than Oregon, and loss of employment." The association stressed added that they do understand that businesses are still making adjustments and changing. All submitted responses will be vetted for accuracy, said the organization.
Oregon Ballot Measures 66 and 67 appeared on the January 26, 2010 special election ballot in Oregon as potential veto votes on a $733 million tax hike enacted by the Oregon State Legislature in 2009. Both measures were approved by voters. Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed the two tax bills on July 20, 2009 increasing taxes in the state by $733 million through increasing the state’s corporate minimum tax, raising taxes on the state’s high-income individuals and raising income taxes on businesses.