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OregonTaxResponse.com formed to show Measure 66-67 impact

April 2, 2010

Alliance Introduces OregonTaxResponse.com
Business groups hope to glean information on impacts of Measures 66 and 67
Associated Oregon Industries,

Today, the Alliance of Oregon’s Business Associations announced the launch of a website, OregonTaxResponse.com, which intends to capture and quantify some of the real-life impacts of Measures 66 and 67 on Oregon companies and their employees. “The Oregon Employment Department just announced that Oregon lost 1,200 jobs in February, right on the heels of Measures 66 and 67,” said J.L. Wilson, spokesperson for the Alliance. “Businesses are telling us that the tax hikes are resulting in postponed investments, business expansion in states other than Oregon, and loss of employment.”

The Alliance recognizes that Oregon companies are continuing to make adjustments in this very difficult economy. Some changes would have occurred regardless of the tax increases. But the Alliance is also aware that some of these job losses came as a direct result of the tax hikes. To track the employment consequences of Measures 66 and 67, the Alliance has established a web site where Oregonians can record the impact of the legislature’s tax increases.

Did a particular employer leave the state because of Measures 66 and 67?
Did a company choose not to locate in Oregon due to the taxes?
Did an employer shed a certain number of jobs or scrap plans for expansion?
Did employees experience salary reductions or benefits cuts as a result of these tax increases?

“We are encouraging Oregonians, particularly employers with direct knowledge of these impacts to provide information through the OregonTaxResponse.com website,” said Wilson. The tax impacts submitted to OregonTaxResponse.com will be vetted for accuracy.

Information gleaned from the website will be used to demonstrate the impacts of tax increases on Oregon employers so that policymakers and legislators have a better grasp of how specific taxes affect Oregon’s economy.

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