"Of all times, of all things, the Democrats in the Oregon Legislature chose now, in the throes of one of the worst recessions in history, to make business an enemy. They chose this moment to pit business against schools, the private sector against public unions, employers against the jobless.From today's editorial: Once upon a time there was Measure 66:
"The two referrals on the Jan. 26 special election ballot -- Measure 66 and Measure 67 -- insist that Oregonians pick a side, to accept one lousy, harmful choice or the other. No, we won't do it. You shouldn't, either."
"We oppose both Measure 66 and its companion on the Jan. 26 ballot, Measure 67. But Measure 67, which would increase Oregon's comparatively low business taxes, at least is an honest attempt to bring some balance and stability, to Oregon's tax system even as it lashes suffering, profitless businesses with higher taxes.Could the Oregonian be getting some sense? Maybe the disproportionate loss of jobs in the newspaper business has had the amazing effect of giving the Oregonian some economic sense.
"Measure 66 is none of those things. It takes one of the highest income tax rates in the nation and drives it still higher. It takes one of the most volatile sources of public finance and makes it ever shakier and vulnerable to collapse in hard times like these. It sends the absolutely wrong message to small-business owners, professionals and CEOs -- the very people we need to come to Oregon, stay in Oregon, and create more jobs and state revenue in Oregon."