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on Measure 66
I'm a little late onto this conversation, but will respond to the whole. Yes, the wealthy can afford this tax increase. And no, it is not only the wealthy. Small companies are incorporated such that the income is attached to their personal taxes and the increase is going to hit the families of the owners of those businesses. It was poorly written and they knew that when they wrote it and did nothing to amend this.
And though I work in social services, and am fully aware that my income is dependant on these taxes passing, I'm left with the resentment of this bind. Where's the representative taxation? Why don't we have a sales tax? It's ludicrous that a decade+ ago, when measure 5 eliminated the funding for schools, that a steady, representative method for taxing all was not created. Oregon has behaved in an ingnorant, short-sighted manner in all things regarding taxes and social services (including schools).
I'm tired of having to assess bandaid solutions that surely cause more problems than they resolve. While it would be impossible to get the politicians out of government, it would not be impossible to make them get out of government after a shorter period of time, so that once they've been bought by a corporation they are out and can no longer adversely influence the decisions of the governement. Also, why aren't citizens asked to advise them. They simply do not have the capacity to know all they need to know to make the decisions they are making.
It's a sign of ignorance to continue in this manner without being willing to ask for help and get the information to make sound policy.
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