Published on Oregon Center for Public Policy by Chuck Sheketoff How refreshing it is to hear a corporation be honest and admit that a tax subsidy is a giveaway, not an incentive. While too often corporations go around the state capitol with hat in hand asking for “tax incentives,” claiming that they will create jobs […]
by Chuck Sheketoff Oregon has one of the nation’s highest use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, new federal analysis (PDF) shows. That reflects well on Oregon. It’s true that economic hardship leaves many Americans and Oregonians struggling to put food on the table. Too many workers don’t earn […]
Published October 7, 2014 by Oregon Center for Public Policy By Chuck Sheketoff Say that you’re the sole breadwinner for your family and you earn $100,000 a year in Oregon. Would you pack your belongings and move your family north to Washington for a $40 monthly raise? It’s hard to imagine. That is why any Oregon […]
Published on August 20, 2014 by Oregon Center for Public Policy by Chuck Sheketoff Oregon has the lowest “total effective business tax rate” in the country, according to a study (PDF), conducted by the accounting firm Ernst & Young on behalf of the Council On State Taxation (COST). The accounting firm found that the total […]
by Chuck Sheketoff Often I am asked, “What can we do to address income inequality?” There are a number of good ideas for confronting income inequality, which now stands at historic highs. In my view the first thing to do is to “do no harm.” Don’t enact policies that will exacerbate the problem. This is […]
In Oregon, the poverty rate for most communities of color exceeds the rate for whites. And not just by a little.
the “Grand Bargain” tax subsidy for certain business owners would not create any jobs, save maybe for lawyers and accountants dispensing advice on how to game the system.
“Grand Bargain” Tax Package Comes with Shrinking Revenue from Tax Subsidy for the 1 Percent and No Jobs
At a time of soaring corporate profits and income inequality, tax reform must first raise new revenue from profitable corporations and high-income Oregonians.
…Oregon minimum-wage workers will enjoy the second highest state minimum wage in the nation. Only the state of Washington will have a higher state minimum wage. Oregon’s northern neighbor, which also automatically increases its minimum wage according to the cost of living, will see its minimum hourly wage rise to $9.19 on January 1.
As of January 1, Oregon will be one of 19 states plus the District of Columbia with a minimum wage above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which is not scheduled to increase.