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ORP Daily News Briefing

Daily Briefing – Tuesday June 9th, 2009
From the ORP Communications Office

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OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY ENCOURAGES CITIZENS TO CONTACT LEGISLATORS AND URGE THEM TO VOTE AGAINST PROPOSED TAX INCREASES

New radio spot highlights need for more jobs – not higher taxes
PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting today, as the debate in Salem heats up over proposed tax increases to pay for the Democrats’ spending plans, the Oregon Republican Party is airing a radio ad encouraging concerned citizens to call their legislators and demand that they vote against the proposed tax increases. The script of the ad is below:

OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY RADIO AD:
TAX INCREASES ARE NOT THE SOLUTION
Are you feeling the crunch? Record job losses…families hurting…and a state budget in crisis. What’s the Democrats’ solution? Hundreds of millions in higher taxes…higher gas taxes…higher taxes on businesses…and the Democrats are even trying to raise your income taxes to the highest in the country. More jobs and less spending…not higher taxes…that’s the solution to fix Oregon’s economy. Call your state legislator today and tell them Oregon families need more jobs…not higher taxes. Paid for by the Oregon Republican Party.

“Oregon has a spending and budgeting problem, not a revenue problem. The Democrats’ tax increases would further weaken Oregon’s economy and make it more difficult on Oregon families and small businesses who are already stretched too thin,” said Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bob Tiernan. “Our elected officials in Salem need to hear that Oregonians can’t afford their plans for more taxes. Oregon needs more jobs – not higher taxes or government spending.”
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June 7, 2009
Atiyeh’s governing a guide in recession

Legislators should balance private, business needs
Former Gov. Vic Atiyeh is back in vogue. In grappling with the state’s current budget crisis, officials have recounted how Republican Atiyeh and Democratic legislative leaders addressed the devastating recession of the early 1980s: They enacted tax increases, along with budget cuts.
That era does provide a valuable lesson. But current lawmakers need to look at the whole picture.
Most of the 1980s tax increases were temporary. The 2009 Legislature, however, has seized on the current recession as an opportunity to rewrite tax policy. On a party line vote, the House Revenue Committee last week approved proposals to significantly boost taxes on corporations and on the wealthiest Oregonians. Part of that increase would be permanent.
As governor, Atiyeh was a fiscal conservative, a businessman. He understood that when corporations consider states in which to locate or expand, an important criterion is how the company’s executives and their families will fare. How good are the schools? How safe is the community? And how much personal income tax will management have to pay?
That tax calculus has been less evident in the 2009 Legislature. The Democratic leadership has been talking about achieving tax fairness as a rationale to raise corporate taxes.
There is no question that in recent decades the overall Oregon tax burden has shifted to individuals and families — including many small businesses — and away from corporations.
But Oregon businesses are hurting, which is why Oregon’s unemployment rate is No. 2 in the nation. Significant, permanent tax increases would seem counterproductive.
Oregon leaders also could learn two other things from Atiyeh’s governing.
One was his accessibility. He often ate in the Capitol restaurant, where anyone could talk to him, and he held frequent press conferences to discuss issues with Oregonians. He truly saw himself as a servant of his fellow Oregonians, not a career politician.
The second was the sacrifice of state workers to balance the budget. Atiyeh set the example by cutting his own salary three times. Today’s public employees, like their colleagues in the private sector, are being asked to make similar sacrifices in pay freezes, even pay cuts, to save as many jobs as possible.
In honoring Atiyeh last month, the Oregon House passed a resolution that noted “… Governor Atiyeh demonstrated courage, leadership and bipartisanship when faced with the economic decline in the early 1980s. …”
Today’s economic climate is both better and worse than in the 1980s. But bipartisan leadership is just as important.

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