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Corporate tax: Dueling PACs raise millions

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

By Gordon Friedman, Statesman Journal

Two groups campaigning on opposite sides of a ballot measure that would increase corporate taxes have raised millions of dollars ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The proposed tax, called Measure 97, would create a 2.5 percent tax on sales exceeding $25 million for some corporations.

Our Oregon, the group supporting the tax, has raised $1.5 million so far. The money is from just two donations of $750,000 each by the Oregon Education Association and SEIU Local 503, the state’s largest public sector unions…

Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat with longstanding ties to public sector labor groups, endorsed the measure last week

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Were we less cynical we’d think the Oregon education Association (OEA) and the SEIU were dumping big bucks into Measure 97 because they want to buy more crayons and PCs for our kiddies.

But OEA and SEIU are unions, not child welfare agencies. Their mandate is to grab more money for their members, not do nice stuff for children. They’re behind Measure 97 because they know it’ll line their union members’ pockets. Period.

And Guv Kate’s with them because she knows a boatload of Measure 97 loot will be find its way into her 2018 campaign coffers.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


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