Letters and Comments for January 22, 2010
Letters and Comments for January 22, 2010
Can’t tax way out
I voted no on ballot Measures 66 and 67.
We cannot tax our way out of a recession. We need to reduce taxes on business to put people back to work. Increasing taxes on business doesn’t create jobs, it eliminates them.
State government has all the resources it needs to carry out essential services. What Oregon needs is executive leadership that is capable of allocating the available resources, making cuts that need to be made, and providing an environment favorable to job creation. My vote is a rebuke to the greedy hand that Thomas Paine warned about in Rights of Man (1791):
“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”
Protect most vulnerable
I have worked with people with disabilities for 17 years, all of which were right here in La Grande, first as a vocational trainer and job developer for a local provider agency. Later, I ran my own business as a contractor providing supports for people with developmental disabilities connected with Eastern Oregon Support Service Brokerage and am currently a personal agent for Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage, for all of Union County.
I have seen Oregon’s human services improve tremendously. Oregon closed its final institution for people with developmental disabilities last year and now leads the nation in providing supports that help people exercise their rights and make choices in our community.
If Measures 66 and 67 fail, much of this progress will be lost. People with developmental disabilities will lose the support that helps them hold jobs, and to live in their own or their family home. Some of them will end up on the street.
All of us need help at times. These small increases on those who can most afford them will help protect our most vulnerable citizens. Please join me in Keeping Oregon’s values alive. Vote yes on Measures 66 and 67.
Read the fine print
Everyone has a right to their opinion. These past weeks I have paid particular attention to any letter referring to Measures 66 and 67 and it seems that the fine print is not being read.
Measure 66 raises taxes on individuals earning over $125,000 a year and on couples earning over $250,000. With gross income of $125,000 an individual not itemizing would have a tax liability of $26,102 to the IRS and $10,368 to Oregon. For couples with a gross income of $250,000 who are not itemizing, they would have a tax liability of $54,150 to the IRS and $21,235 to Oregon.
How would it be fair of us to raise their taxes? As for Measure 67, this will make Partnerships and S-Corporations (small businesses in Oregon) pay a $150 fee to file their tax information returns. The partners and shareholders of these businesses are who pay the taxes.
The worst part of Measure 67 is for large corporations such as Nike or Intel. They are going to compare the tax on both the net profits and the gross profits and then tax whichever is higher. This means that these corporations could be charged a tax on their profits before their expenses are taken out.
If you owned a business, would you want the state to tax you on the total income that you brought in without taking into account how much you paid out? Everyone should read the fine print before they vote and make informed, smart decisions.
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