(Op-Ed) Yesterday, voters in Oregon approved two measures that will raise taxes on high-income residents and corporations, enabling a state plagued by 11 percent unemployment to avoid severe cuts to education and other public services. As it turned out, the referenda passed easily, by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent, notwithstanding efforts by business groups to convince Oregonians that the taxes would kill jobs.
Most states, including Oregon until now, finance their government through highly regressive systems, felt most heavily on the backs of low- and middle-income families.
Oregon now joins seven other states that have added higher tax brackets for upper-income residents: Maryland, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Hawaii, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The outcome in Oregon suggests that unhappy voters may be open to a more liberal course of action rather than less of one.
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