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Taxes & Budgets

The Alliance consistently advocates for fair and appropriate business taxes and fees for Portland-region businesses to encourage an environment in which businesses can grow and add jobs. Additionally, the Alliance regularly weighs in on various government budgets to ensure that the business voice is heard during budgetary discussions.

Recent Taxes & Budgets policy updates:

To view older policy updates than listed above, view the Taxes & Budgets issue archive.

Balanced approach needed to address state budget

The Alliance continues to work with partners to advocate for a solution to Oregon’s $1.6 billion budget deficit. Efforts align with the Oregon Business Plan three-prong strategy, including 1) growing the economy; 2) slowing unsustainable growth in state spending, particularly related to public employee compensation and health care; and 3) considering new revenue tied to specific results, such as education funding for K-12, CTE/STEM and higher education.

According to a recent Oregon School Boards Association poll, voters believe the state’s unsustainable growth in costs must be addressed as the state deals with its fiscal challenges. With cost increases outpacing significant revenue growth, the Oregon Business Plan coalition is calling for legislators to first close the deficit through spending reform, then engage in conversations about new revenues targeted to specific investments.
(March 2017)

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