Oregon Corporate Excise Tax Increase Initiative (2014)

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A Oregon Corporate Excise Tax Increase Initiative, also known as Fund Oregon's Priorities and If Corporations Are People, Let's Tax Them Like It, did not make the make the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute. Two versions of the initiative were submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State. One would have raised corporate excise tax rate on taxable income exceeding $10 million to 10 percent, while the other would have made the corporate excise tax rate on taxable income the same as the personal income tax rate. Neither version was approved for circulation, and both versions were withdrawn before the 2014 signature deadline.[1][2]

Background

Oregon was poised to become a battle ground regarding "right-to-work" initiatives. Multiple measures were proposed for and against restrictions on the use of payroll deductions and the process of negotiating such deductions. On March 3, 2014, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) announced that several initiatives regarding this issue would be withdrawn following negotiations between the several opposing measure supporters. Thirteen measures were withdrawn due to this negotiation. The discussions were instigated by Gov. Kitzhaber in order to avoid the expensive campaigning battle that was likely to breakout between the opposing measures. The negotiations took several months to complete. The anti-payroll deduction proposals that were withdrawn due to this agreement were initiative petition 1 and initiative petition 9. The remaining withdrawn initiative petitions were union-backed measures, including initiative petitions 14, 15, 16, 18, 30 and 33, as well as 17 ,19, 29, 32 and 35. All of these measures, except for 35, were sponsored by Our Oregon.[3]

A measure prohibiting restrictions on payroll deductions and a measure prohibiting all payroll deductions from public employees to or on behalf of any public employee union for any purpose were not withdrawn due to these negotiations. However, as of June 6, 2014, neither petition had been approved to circulate, making both unlikely to reach the November ballot.[3]

Text of measure

Proposed initiative 17

The certified ballot title for proposed initiative 17 read as:[1]

Raises corporate excise tax rate on taxable income exceeding $10 million to ten percent[4]

The full text of the certified title and measure summary can be read here.

Proposed initiative 19

The certified ballot title for proposed initiative 19 read as:[2]

Makes corporate excise tax rate on taxable income the same as personal income tax rate[4]

The full text of the certified title and measure summary can be read here.

Support

Both proposed initiatives to increase the corporate excise tax were proposed by Patrick Green. Green also sponsored six other initiatives to chance the minimum corporation taxes and two to raise income taxes for the 2014 ballot, which he also later withdrew.[1][2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

Patrick Green filed proposed initiative petition 17 on June 7, 2013 and proposed initiative petition 19 on July 5, 2013. He withdrew both versions on March 3, 2014.[1][2]

If Green had gone forward with the measures, a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures would have had to been collected by July 3, 2014 to place the measures on the ballot.

Related measures

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Oregon Minimum Corporation Taxes Initiative (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Oregon Income Tax Rate Increase Initiative (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Oregon Voter Approval of Employee Rights Changes Initiative (2014)
Tied Oregon No Dues Collection by Government Amendment (2014)
Tied Oregon Prohibition of Restrictions on Negotiations for Payroll Deductions Amendment (2014)

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