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June 6th Oregon Can’t Wait Rally

May 30, 2017 / Sarah Andrews / Uncategorized

Join the June 6th Oregon Can’t Wait Rally for Revenue in Salem!

Join Oregonians from all around the state who will attend the Oregon Can’t Wait Rally for Revenue, June 6.  Registration is now closed but you can still attend. Details below:

Date: Tuesday, June 6
Time: 12-1
Place: Oregon State Capitol, Salem

The LWVOR is NOT a formal sponsor of this rally, not yet seeing a specific bill to support, but we agree that stable and fair revenue policies and tax reform are needed to adequately fund services and functions critical to the well-being of Oregonians.

We’ve been tracking the work of the new Joint Committee on Tax Reform. We are anticipating the “blanks” in the Legislative Concept will be filled and a formal bill will be introduced soon. After analysis, we will then provide written and verbal testimony.  Right now we don’t know which of the simulation models will be accepted by the Tax Reform Committee and what compromises might be necessary if it is to pass both the House and the Senate.

Background: In December 2016, the LWVOR Legislative Action Team prioritized key areas for the 2017 session including, “REVENUE AND TAX REFORM by adopting stable and fair revenue policies and tax reforms to adequately fund services and functions critical to the well-being of Oregonians.”  The League has a unique perspective on the legislature, following sessions over many years.  We follow portfolios on Governance, Education, Natural Resources, and Social Policy.  We don’t just advocate for one issue. We follow most of the legislative committees and pay great attention to the Oregon’s budget and revenue sources. Our Action Team coordinators are highly knowledgeable subject experts, unpaid volunteers—not paid to advocate a specific position.  LWVOR Legislative Action is always based on advocacy positions formed through studies and member consensus.

The LWVOR Action Committee strongly believes that additional revenue is needed to pay for the services the State of Oregon should provide as stated in this Principle: “The League of Women Voters believes that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibilities, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.”

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