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ORP Daily News Briefing – 7.22.2009

Here is the Daily Briefing for the period of Monday through Wednesday. There is much happening! The economic and tax news gets worse! Now is the time to get a petition and act! Spread the word. Events and Communication ramps up quickly from here, no more dilatory inaction by the Governor. The ball is out court– get these tax measures to the ballot, bring on the crisis that D’s have invited through the arrogance of one-party rule! Our excellent Multnomah County Chairman is right! And Look at the reaction! The D’s are afraid of the people, the people are unhappy about over taxation, nanny state regulation and the arrogance of the D’s blunt use of one-party rule. Now is our time for a comeback — we are on the way Oregon!

Grab a petition, some training and join us!

Greg Leo
ORP Communications

ORP News Release:
Monday, July 20, 2009

Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bob Tiernan criticizes Governor

for burning up 25% of signature gathering time

Portland, Ore. – Three weeks after the end of the 2009 Legislative Session, Governor Kulongoski finally signed the two controversial tax bills passed by the 2009 Legislature and sent to him for signature on June 30th.  The bills, HB 3405 the corporate tax increase and HB 2649 the personal income tax increase, are the targets of an initiative campaign to refer these bills to the voters in a January 2010 special election.

Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bob Tiernan said in a statement issued this afternoon, “While I am relieved that the Governor has finally signed the bills – the fact remains that Governor Kulongoski stalled for 21 days, nearly a quarter of the time available to gather signatures. By dragging his feet, he has denied the citizens of Oregon the full amount of time to participate in the signature gathering process.”

The Democrats and their allies have made clear their efforts to dismantle Oregon’s initiative and referendum system. The Governor’s actions have been part of this campaign of denial, deceit and delay,” said Republican Chairman Bob Chairman Tiernan.

Despite these politically motivated acts of deception and delay, Oregonians are motivated and unified against these job-killing tax increases. I am confident that these measures will be on the ballot in January and Oregonians will finally have the chance to kill these two massive tax increases,” Republican Chairman Bob Tiernan concluded.

The Oregon tax campaign of denial, deceit, delay

by Jon Chandler, guest opinion

Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:26 PM

Jon Chandler

If only Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the legislative leadership in Salem had as detailed a strategy for creating Oregon jobs and improving Oregon’s business climate as they do for stiffing voters. But they are so intent on putting in place permanent tax increases that their own economists say will kill jobs that they have mounted a three-dimensional assault on the very people they claim to represent. It’s a campaign of denial, deceit and delay.

Why denial? House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and the governor could have insisted, individually or collectively, that any tax increase the Legislature passed be referred to voters. It’s not like voters didn’t have skin in the game on the two tax measures that were passed. Almost a quarter-million Oregonians are already out of work today, and economists — some who work for the legislative leadership — have estimated that the permanent tax increases on corporations and high-income earners will lead to the loss of more jobs. Why not let voters decide? It’s their future. But Hunt, Courtney and Kulongoski seem to think they know better.

Adding insult to injury, they put in place Senate Bill 519’s gag order, which will deny employers the opportunity to talk to all their employees about the job losses the Democratic Legislature’s two tax measures could trigger.

Why deceit? The Democratic leadership knew that many Oregonians wanted a vote on the tax measures and that the prospects of a citizen-led referendum on the tax package were excellent. What to do? They decided to try to deceive Oregon voters by amending a bill — with no public hearing and with no notice, at 11 p.m. in an essentially empty Capitol — to require that a yes vote would mean no and a no vote would mean yes on the two tax measures and all future issues that voters referred to the ballot.

It was a move that gave political cynicism a whole new meaning. These legislative leaders were willing to overturn both Oregon history and elemental logic in one fell swoop in order to bamboozle voters considering the permanent tax increases. In other words, they were willing to deceive.

When the public got a whiff of this attempted switcheroo, the telephone lines into the state Capitol lit up, and Democratic legislative leaders gave up on this particular form of deceit, but they still continue to stretch the truth by calling a $4.6 billion spending increase a “cut.”

Why delay? It’s been more than two weeks since the two tax measures reached the governor’s desk. He has yet to sign them. Pro-tax strategists are urging the governor to stall his signing. This can be seen only as a means of cutting into the amount of time voters will have to gather signatures to put the tax proposals on the ballot. It’s the arrogance of inaction.

Are you sensing a pattern and practice here, a certain contempt for Oregon’s voters and referendum process on the part of Salem’s tax-happy leaders?

It’s a shame that Hunt, Courtney and Kulongoski didn’t develop a strategy to do something about the 241,000 Oregonians out of work today.

Jon Chandler is chief executive officer of the Oregon Home Builders Association.

OREGON HOUSE REPUBLICANS

Research Briefing

July 21, 2009

OREGON’S TOP TAX RATE COULD REACH 57.5 PERCENT, SECOND HIGHEST IN THE WORLD

Salem, Washington D.C. Dems Teaming Up To Kill Oregon Jobs

Congressional Democrats’ Health Care Surtax Would Put Oregon at the Top…

“The proposed health care surtax now making its way through Congress is a three-tiered plan requiring a 5.4 percent surtax for couples with an adjusted gross income of more than $1 million and individuals with an AGI of $800,000. Households with an AGI between $350,000 and $500,000 would face a 1 percent surtax and those with an AGI between $500,000 and $1 million would face a 1.5 percent surtax. “

(Health Care and Taxes: 10 Worst States for the Rich, ABC News, Nathalie Tadena and Alice Gomstyn, 7/20/2009)

With the Highest Combined Top-Income Tax Rate if it Becomes Law.

1. Oregon: 57.54 percent

“Why is Oregon at the top of the list? Both state taxes and municipal income taxes are to blame. Oregon’s legislators recently approved provisions for a new tax income rate of 10.8 percent for individuals with taxable incomes higher than $125,000 and an 11 percent top rate for the state’s wealthiest. Lawmakers said the increase would raise $488 million to help balance the state budget. Oregon is also one of more than just a dozen states in the country that has municipal income taxes. Municipal income taxes average 0.36 percent in the Beaver State.”

(Health Care and Taxes: 10 Worst States for the Rich, ABC News, Nathalie Tadena and Alice Gomstyn, 7/20/2009 emphasis added.)

Higher than all other States and Sweden, Belgium, Japan, France, etc.

(A Reckless Congress, Wall Street Journal, Opinion, 7/20/2009)

Meanwhile, Governor Signs Job-Killing Tax Increases…

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed a $733 million tax increase plan he says will protect schools and state programs from budget cuts…

Opponents, who plan to file paperwork Tuesday to launch their referendum drive, say the taxes are a ‘job killer’ that will slow Oregon’s economic recovery.”

(Oregon Governor Signs Tax Increases, Associated Press, Brad Cain, 7/20/2009)

As Oregon Continues to Lose Private Sector Jobs.

In June, Oregon’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment declined by 7,200 jobs, following a drop of 1,600 (as revised) in May. This marked the 11th consecutive month of decline for this measure of employment.”


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