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Lawmaker Attempts To Head Off Corporate Tax Initiative

M.O. Stevens

An Oregon state lawmaker is making what he calls a long shot attempt at heading off an initiative that would raise corporate taxes.

Democratic Senator Mark Hass unveiled his proposal Monday in Salem on the first day of the 2016 legislative session. He said the idea is to start the ball rolling toward an eventual compromise sometime later this year.

"I know the chances of getting there in this session are very slim. I know that better than anybody in this building,” Hass said. “But it's important to me that Oregonians know there's been some thoughtful diligence in an effort to balance revenues, taxes and Oregon's economy."

Hass said his plan would generate about $500 million in new revenue each year for the state. That's about one-fifth as much as the tax proposal being circulated by the union-backed group Our Oregon.

That group has until July 8 to gather signatures to get their measure on the November ballot.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.