Stop by the Coos County Fair and you will have a chance to chat with commissioner candidates Don Gurney and incumbent John Sweet working their respective campaign booths. More likely than not you will see them standing together, talking about the county or ribbing each other about politics but feel free to insert yourself into […]
Considering Port of Coos Bay CEO David Koch claims that Governor John Kitzhaber provided at least tacit approval of the CEP (community enhancement plan) to privatize public money and circumvent school equalization rules, the following email from Kitz seems a bit incongruous. Mary, When we talk about reforming our education system it’s easy to lose […]
Curry County could be the first test of a new law giving the governor the power to work with county officials to impose local taxes
two members of Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) climbed off the side of the “Oregon Pioneer” statue atop the state capitol with a banner proclaiming “KITZHABER’S LEGACY: PRIVATIZING THE ELLIOTT FOREST – CLEARCUTTING FOR PROFIT”.
The commission for the Port of Coos Bay had two slots come open and two more openings on the five person commission were vacant when Dan Smith and Caddy McKeown resigned. Sources indicate that Gov John Kitzhaber has appointed Eileen Ophus, Community Development Director of CCD Business Development and Eric Farm of Menasha Forest Products to fill two commission seats. These appointments would indicate that Kitzhaber supports the port’s role as an economic development agency while simultaneously ignoring the effect of a healthy environment on local industry. No one on the port appears to represent the environment or the fishing industry.
If corporations really wanted tax certainty, they would stop fiddling with the tax code and they would help clean it up by getting rid of the tax loopholes they enjoy.
Guess what corporate tax loophole will cost an additional $35.1 million next biennium without requiring that the beneficiaries create a single job? That tax code spending provision is none other than single-sales factor apportionment, the topic of Friday’s special legislative session convened by the Governor. About 10 years ago, Nike and the Loophole Lobby persuaded […]
Conservation groups have long encouraged the state to pursue other options for funding county operations and schools, and to generate revenue on state forests through innovative programs.
Cascadia Forest Defenders want good schools for Oregon’s children and vibrant, intact ecosystems. We believe that education should not be funded by clear-cuts. There are no schools on a dead planet!
The timber harvest privilege tax accrued roughly $35 million per year ( Oregon Department of Revenue ) to the state of Oregon, public schools and county governments before 2000. However, with the full implementation of HB 3575 by 2004 the timber harvest taxes collected from owners of more than 5,000 acres plummeted to zero. This has meant the loss of hundred of millions of tax revenue dollars over the last 12 years that is now vital to the State of Oregon, Oregon’s public schools, and shrinking county budgets and services.