Month: February 2004

Reservations anyone?

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) just rejected the only Convention Center hotel proposal that does not require government subsidies. All the other proposals depend on what the PDC calls, “some kind of public participation.” When private investors won’t risk their own money, taxpayers will likely take a bath. Look at PGE Park.

The Grand Ronde Indian Tribe said it could (more…)

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Tobacco tax shakedown

John A. Charles, Jr.QuickPoint!

Public health nannies complain that the defeat of Measure 30 reduced Oregon’s tobacco tax by ten cents per pack. They argue that higher taxation on tobacco leads to less smoking and also funds smoking cessation programs.

There’s little evidence to support either assertion. When consumers are taxed too much, they simply buy from lower-cost outlets, either on the Internet or from Native American retailers who don’t pay taxes. This actually (more…)

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Truth in taxation and an educated, active citizenry

QuickPoint!

Various groups are organizing tax reform meetings throughout the state. The big question: How do we “fix” Oregon’s tax system. In reality, the goal is more like: How do we increase taxes?

Let’s assume the best of intentions — momentarily. Common sense tells us, before we start fixing something we should have (more…)

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After Measure 30: A first step toward fiscal responsibility

Steve BucksteinQuickPoint!

Voters did more than reject a big tax package on Tuesday, they gave their elected officials an opportunity to do the right thing and put core functions first.

Measure 30’s defeat will trigger automatic cuts in a number of state government services, some of which should not happen. While restraint is necessary, the automatic cuts are not. Elected officials must (more…)

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