PORTLAND – Oregon public employees unions and advocacy groups have unveiled a tax proposal that’s similar to one rejected by voters last month.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the plan would generate $5 billion over two years, with most of the new money coming from a 2 percent tax on all corporations’ gross annual sales in Oregon above $100 million.
Voters in November shot down Measure 97, which would have required corporations with at least $25 million in Oregon sales to pay more in tax to help fund education and other services.
Oregon faces a projected $1.7 billion shortfall in the next budget. It’s largely due to the rising bill for the state’s Medicaid expansion and higher personnel costs, including from public employee pensions.
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