As if things weren’t hard enough, Metro Council, serving more than 1.5 million people in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, is considering adding yet another large tax on employers, this one enshrined in a transportation package. This proposal would put a tax on our businesses and jobs in the tri-county area at a time when our small businesses are reeling and trying to rebound, and unemployment is at an all-time-high.
Contact Metro Councilors and tell them we can’t take any more hits to our pocketbooks right now.
Brighter Oregon is a broad and growing statewide coalition of Oregon consumers, taxpayers, small and large businesses, associations and organizations who have come together to work with policy leaders on issues Oregonians care about such as better high school graduation rates, improved college completion rates, transportation investments, health care access and more efficient government spending.
Join our coalition to get involved and communicate with Oregon’s legislators that our long-term budget deficits will only be fixed if lawmakers bring spending under control FIRST.
Economic growth or higher taxes won’t fix the state’s long-term budget deficits unless lawmakers first get major overhead costs under control and demand accountability.
It’s important that we continue to have a serious conversation about controlling runaway state spending.
Our legislators must learn to live within their budget — just like we do. The state’s current shortfall stems from rapidly rising government spending, not a lack of revenue.
Once our lawmakers bring government costs under control, we can invest our tax dollars on things that matter most. Growing the economy? Check. Better results for our children? Check.