Oregon Democrats=Job Killers Part Deux

Oh and here’s the list of all the taxes the D’s are raising this legislative session. How you like ’em now?

HB 2077 Committee on Revenue = Phil Barnhart, Chair Jules Bailey, Vice-Chair Cliff Bentz, Vice-Chair Vicki Berger Scott Bruun Sara Gelser Nick Kahl Tobias Read Chuck Riley Sherrie Sprenger would reduce the federal income tax exemption from $3,000 to $1,500. This would raise taxes on every Oregonian who pays more than $1,500 in federal income tax. The bill is retroactive to January 1, 2009. In the first year this bill would increase the income tax on Oregon taxpayers by about $120 million.

HB 2649 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE creates an Oregon alternative minimum income tax. The bill would levy a minimum 7.5 percent minimum tax on adjusted gross income of $125,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for joint filers. AGI is the amount of income after the expenses of earning that income have been deducted. In the first year this bill would increase the income tax on Oregon taxpayers by about $145 million.

HB 2651 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE creates a new tax bracket establishing a 10 percent income tax on taxable income exceeding $125,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for joint filers. This new tax bracket would add $89 million to Oregon taxpayers during the first year.

HB 2474 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE would reduce the discount for property tax payments collected by November 15 from 3 percent to 2 percent and for two-thirds payment from 2 percent to 1 percent. This bill would have the net affect of increasing all timely paid property taxes by 1 percent.

HB 3415 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE imposes a tax on each fuel supplier and utility based upon the amount of carbon in carbon-based fuels that are sold by the fuel supplier to consumers in the state. It also would tax all carbon or carbon-based fuel used to produce carbon-generated electricity that is supplied by any utility to consumers in Oregon.

HJR 48 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE proposes to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow the Legislative Assembly to impose taxes on carbon emissions for the purpose of funding reductions in carbon emissions and carbon fuel use.

HB 2696 Representative RILEY would add back to Oregon taxable income any capitol gains tax reductions achieved through a 1031 real property exchange. The practical effect would be to abolish the Oregon capitol gains savings now available with 1031 real property exchanges.

HB 2785 Representative READ, Senator HASS; Representative SHIELDS would suspend the Oregon income tax credit for political contributions for two years. This would have the practical effect of increasing the Oregon income tax liability by $50 for each taxpayer who makes political contributions and claims the tax credit.

HB 2818 COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION = E. Terry Beyer, Chair George Gilman, Vice-Chair Nick Kahl, Vice-Chair Jules Bailey Cliff Bentz Vicki Berger Deborah Boone David Edwards Mike Schaufler Jim Weidner would establish a 12.5 percent tax on all automobile rentals having a contract duration of 30 days or less. The tax revenue would be collected for the Department of Transportation for highway purposes.

HB 2771 COMMITTEE ON REVENUE (at the request of Bridgeview Winery eliminates a tax exemption for small winemakers thereby increasing taxes on their operations. HB 2461 levies a draconian tax on beer called the prevention, treatment and recovery tax on malt beverages.


HB 2122 at the request of Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, …

.HB 2018 COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE = Mitch Greenlick, Chair Chris Harker, Vice-Chair Ron Maurer, Vice-Chair Scott Bruun Ben Cannon Michael Dembrow Chris Garrett Bill Kennemer Tina Kotek Jim Thompson all increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

HB 2698 Representative RILEY would add back contributions to employee stock ownership plans to Oregon taxable income. Contributions to stock ownership plans by both employees and their employees are currently exempt from federal taxable income. This bill would make those contributions by both employees and employers taxable for Oregon income tax.

HB 3309 Representative RILEY similarly reduces the deductibility of currently tax exempt gains in annuities.

HB 3312 Representative GREENLICK ….

HJR 27, Representative SHIELDS


HJR 31 By Representative J SMITH (at the request of R.P. Joe Smith all propose to reduce the amount of allowable income tax deduction and credits that are not required under federal law. The final three bills propose to amend the Oregon Constitution to facilitate more taxation.

HB 3303 Representative GARRETT; Representatives BUCKLEY, ROBLAN, Senator MONROE is my personal favorite. This bill levies a 10 percent excise tax on bird seed. This bill should be a prime candidate for the “turkey of the year.”

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