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on Measure 66
First of all thanks for opening this discussion up, it needs some real attention VS. what we see in tv ads. My wife and I will both vote NO on both of these measures. As a liflelong Democrat I find it frustrating that the legislature chooses to target a minority tax base simply because of the fact that it's a minority. Notably the ads I've seen in favor of the tax measures have been a product of the OEA. I'd like to point out that our failing education budget is in no small part the result of faulty management by the government. Oregon teachers have the 2nd shortest school year in the nation. This year they will work 184 days and receive and annual compensation of $50,044 for just a little over 6 months of work. This is salary and doesn't take into account their benefit packages which are considerable. Based on that formula if teachers worked a full year they would awfully close to being considered "rich" by their own labor associations definition. As for the implications of 67, I think people should realize that it's not the Nike's of the world that bear the brunt. It's a corporation like the one I work for, we have 5 employees, hardly a huge corporation. Under the new law we would pay taxes on sales eventhough our gross profit is less than 3%. These measures are not only unfair, they are a result of lazy legislation and a lack of creativity by the folks making the money decisions. Do'h and what about that bad economy!
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