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Governor signs tax increase package
Referendum campaign could start this weekSALEM (AP) — Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a $733 million tax hike package into law Monday, calling it a “modest” increase on Oregon’s top earners that will protect schools and state programs from budget cuts.
Herald and News 7/21/09
Business groups and anti-tax activists immediately said they would file paperwork today to launch a referendum campaig n that could have petitioners collecting signatures by the end of the week to force a statewide vote on the taxes.Passed by the Democratic-led Oregon Legislature, one measure raises personal income taxes for individuals with taxable incomes of more than $125,000 a year or joint filers at more than $250,000. A separate measure raises corporate income taxes.
Kulongoski said the targeted increases will make Oregon’s tax system more fa ir while averting deep budget cuts to vital services.“Middle-class families will not be paying a single penny more in taxes,” the Democratic governor said. “We are asking corporations and the wealthiest Oregonians to pay their fair share to help protect services we all depend on — education, health care and public safety.”
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