Candidates assail Oregon tax structure.Byline: Jim Feehan The Register-Guard
Three gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday night blamed the high cost of college tuition The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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College tuition and lack of education funding on Oregon corporations not paying enough taxes, while a fourth cited the state's cyclical economy as a cause.
Democrats Jim Hill Jim Hill may refer to:
"I want to stand up to corporations so your tuition will not go up and up," said Hill, a former state treasurer Noun 1. state treasurer - the treasurer for a state government
financial officer, treasurer - an officer charged with receiving and disbursing funds and legislator who lost to Gov. Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. in the 2002 Democratic primary.
Sorenson, a Lane County commissioner and former state legislator, said the tax burden has increasingly shifted away from corporations.
"Thirty-three years ago, corporations paid 18 percent of Oregon's income tax. Today they're paying 5 percent," Sorenson said.
A fourth candidate, state Sen. Ben Westlund Ben Westlund (born September, 1949 in Long Beach, California) is a Democratic Oregon state senator representing District 27, which covers most of Deschutes County and includes the city of Bend, Oregon. of Bend, who is running as an independent, said the state's budget woes were due to the boom and bust In economics, the term boom and bust refers to the movement of an economy through economic cycles. The Boom-Bust economic cycle
According to most economists, an economic boom is typically characterized by an increased level of economic output (GDP), a corresponding cycles of the region's economy and spending-limit ballot measures approved by voters in the 1990s.
"Extreme partisan politics all too often drops the ball for good public policy," Westlund said of his bid to become the first third-party governor since the Depression.
Westlund said access to health care is a fundamental right and advocates for raising the cigarette tax by 60 cents a pack, the proceeds of which would cover every uninsured child in Oregon, he said.
Keating, who won his party's nomination at a convention two months ago, has worked with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club Sierra Club, national organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the world's parks, wildlife, and wilderness areas. Founded (1892) in California by a group led by the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir, the Sierra Club . He favors college students putting some of their tuition and debt aside by serving in a community job corps program.
Lawmakers also need to find other sources of revenue to balance the budget, Keating said.
"Everyone here is familiar with the Bottle Bill," he said. "By collecting 10 cents and keeping 5 cents for yourself and 5 cents for the state, that would raise $70 million for Oregon."
Hill and Sorenson also took a few shots at Kulongoski, who was not present during the 1 1/2 -hour forum.
"This governor is not lifting a finger to make taxes fairer," Sorenson said.
Large corporations in Oregon pay the least amount of the tax burden of any state in the United States, Hill said
"We need a change of governor, someone who will lead the people," Hill said. "The corporations are not paying their fair share of the tax burden."
Courtney Warner, a campaign representative for Kulongoski, attended and provided biographical background of the governor and listed the $72 million in development grants for higher education in the state among the governor's education initiatives.
Jerry Medler, a UO political science professor, was moderator.
The event was sponsored by the Pi Sigma Alpha Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ or PSA) is an honor society for students and faculty of political science and international relations in the United States.
Pi Sigma Alpha was was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas. national political science honor society. Brenden Chaney, public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most director at Pi Sigma Alpha, said all of the Republican gubernatorial candidates declined to attend the forum because of prior obligations.
Jim Hill speaks on the UO campus, as Peter Sorenson (left), Joe Keating and Ben Westlund listen. Wayne Eastburn / The Register-Guard Courtney Warner, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ted Kulongoski, listens to a question from the audience.