Taxes & Budgets

The Portland Business Alliance is always engaged in how local, regional and state governments are generating revenue through taxes and fees and spending those public dollars. The Alliance advocates for fair and appropriate business taxes and fees to encourage an environment in which businesses can grow and add jobs. The Alliance regularly weighs in on various government budgets to ensure that the business voice is heard during those discussions.

 

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City and county approve budgets

The city and county each approved budgets for the 2017-2018 fiscal years.

May revenue forecast shows increases outpacing strong revenue growth

Forecasted revenues for the 2017-2019 biennium are up $187 million from the last forecast, due to continued strong economic performance, resulting in record high revenues for the state.

Transportation package, workplace related legislation

The potential framework includes $5.09 billion in new revenues from increased gas taxes as well as title and registration fees for the Highway Trust Fund.

Brighter Oregon calls for long-term solutions to state budget

The Portland Business Alliance is a participant in Brighter Oregon, the Oregon Business Plan coalition, formed to advocate for a solution to the $1.6 billion state budget deficit.

Alliance activity in the 2017 legislative session

For the 2017 legislative session, which launched on Feb. 1, the Alliance’s top priority is addressing the state budget deficit.

Business leaders visit Washington, D.C.

On behalf of the Oregon Business Plan delegation, the Alliance led its annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., from April 5 to 7.

Statement on Governor Kate Brown's announcement to cut state costs

The Brighter Oregon Coalition and the Alliance are glad to see the governor putting these concepts on the table.

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.

Alliance comments on Oregon State Retirement Plan rules

The Alliance submitted a letter to the Oregon State Treasurer’s office providing feedback on proposed rules to implement the Oregon State Retirement Plan, which the Legislature approved in 2015.

State revenue forecast grows

On Feb. 22, the state released an updated economic forecast, which revised revenue projections for the coming biennium upward.

Mayor Wheeler to prioritize affordable housing bond spending

On Dec. 14, Portland City Council approved spending up to $51 million to purchase a 263-unit apartment complex, $37 million of which may come from the $258 million affordable housing bond approved by voters in November.

Despite other needs, Council approves publicly financed elections

Portland City Council voted to approve Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s proposal for publicly financed elections.

Oregon Business Plan releases framework to address state budget challenges

Working together under the Oregon Business Plan, the Alliance and partner business associations have developed a framework for addressing the state budget shortfall.

City passes business income tax surcharge in 3-1 vote

Despite thorough lobbying efforts by the Alliance and assistance from impacted members, Portland City Council passed a business income tax surcharge in a 3-1 vote.

Statement on defeat of Measure 97

We are pleased that Oregon voters agreed with the Alliance and the 26,000 members of our statewide coalition that Measure 97 was a costly and damaging proposal that needed to be defeated.

City heads to vote on proposed business income tax surcharge

Commissioner Steve Novick is proposing a surcharge on the city’s business income tax for certain publicly traded companies that are subject to a new Securities Exchange Commission rule, which requires reporting of the ratio between CEO and the median employee compensation.

City delays hearing over proposed business license tax surcharge

Commissioner Steve Novick is proposing a surcharge on the city’s business license tax for companies that are publicly traded based on the pay ratio between the CEO and the median employee.

No on Measure 97

The Alliance continues to advocate to defeat Measure 97, a costly and damaging $6 billion proposed tax increase that will be on the November ballot.

Defeat the tax on Oregon sales; NO on Measure 97

The Alliance continues to advocate to defeat Measure 97, a costly and damaging $6 billion proposed tax increase that will be on the November ballot.

Alliance voices concerns over proposed Portland Business Income Tax surcharge

The Alliance sent a letter to Portland City Council in opposition to a proposal by Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick’s that would impose a surcharge on the city’s Business Income Tax.

Alliance opposes publicly financed elections

The Alliance sent a letter to Portland City Council in opposition to Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s proposal for voter-owned elections, which, if passed, would make candidates for commissioner and mayor seats that are certified as a public finance candidate eligible for a matching program.

Join the fight against the $6 billion tax on Oregon sales

The Alliance continues to advocate to defeat IP 28, a costly and dangerous $6 billion proposed tax increase that will be on the November ballot.

Portland Public Schools capital bond delayed

Prior to the Portland Public School (PPS) Board’s decision to wait until May 2017 to ask voters to approve a capital bond for schools, the Alliance had advocated that the bond include all three high schools (Benson, Lincoln and Madison) that were originally planned for renovation, while also making priority investments to address lead contamination in the schools.

Initiative Petition 28 qualifies for the November ballot; join the coalition to defeat the tax

On June 6, the Oregon Secretary of State certified Initiative Petition (IP) 28, the $6 billion tax on Oregon sales, for the November ballot. IP 28 proposes a new 2.5 percent tax on the total Oregon sales – not profits – of businesses organized as C-Corps that generate $25 million or more in sales.

City Council refuses proposed Business License Tax increase, approves revised budget

Mayor Charlie Hales proposed a nearly 14 percent increase in the Business License Tax (BLT) as part of his budget, which would have generated $8.7 million in additional revenue.

PSU withdraws payroll tax from ballot

The Alliance came to an agreement with one of its longstanding partners, Portland State University, on the withdrawal of the proposed PSU payroll tax.

Legislative Revenue Office releases report on IP 28

Yesterday, Oregon’s nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) released a report on Initiative Proposal 28 (IP 28).

Alliance challenges Portland State University payroll tax

A citizens committee filed an initiative for the November 2016 ballot that would establish a payroll tax on employers within the Metro boundary to support scholarships, advisors and faculty at PSU.

Alliance raises concerns about Portland State University’s proposed payroll tax

The Alliance has a long history of supporting PSU and funding for post-secondary education statewide, but believes higher education is a state program and funding should be determined on a statewide basis, not regionally.

City of Portland demolition tax will not move forward

The Alliance testified on a proposal by Mayor Charlie Hales to create a demolition tax for residential structures, raising concerns that the new tax may put increased pressure on housing affordability in the city.

Alliance expresses concern for increase in tax increment financing for affordable housing

The Alliance is a longtime supporter of the appropriate use of tax increment financing and urban renewal, however it is concerned about the city’s proposed increase of TIF investments for affordable housing.

Alliance comments on Portland Building renovation

The Alliance submitted comments regarding the need for either significant reconstruction or replacement of the Portland Building.

TriMet board approves payroll tax increase

While the Alliance supports TriMet’s cost efficiency measures and the importance of increasing transit service, especially to employment centers, it raised concerns about the substantial increase, which can be significant for many employers.

Alliance raises concerns about proposed TriMet payroll tax increase

The payroll tax already provides about 60 percent of TriMet’s operating revenue. The Alliance supports TriMet’s cost efficiency measures and the importance of increasing transit service, especially to employment centers.

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