Letters to the editor, January 12

Measures' opponents not who you think

Some have been told that opposition to measures 66 and 67 comes only from rich individuals and from rich and powerful corporations. Actually, opposition to these job-killing tax increases comes from thinking citizens from all parts of our community. This includes The Oregonian, hardly a tool of the rich and powerful. For example, in a recent editorial, the newspaper logically states about Measure 66, "To listen to its supporters, this is the Snow White of tax increases — the fairest of them all. Well that's a fairy tale, too"¦Don't believe it." In another editorial they say these tax increases are "not what Oregon needs. Vote no on 66 and 67." Well said!

History has shown us that, when agencies, businesses and the public at large are faced with reduced income, they find ways to make it work. Government has historically cried for more money and has never lived within a budget to prove to me that they can manage our money. Please join me and give government a chance to show they can work with reduced budgets as well.

Don Paul


Legislators surely can cope with deficit

According to the Legislative Revenue Office, the state will have a $318 million deficit in a $56 billion budget if the voters reject measures 66 and 67. This is about half of 1 percent of the total budget. Certainly our esteemed legislators can find cuts of that small size without impacting vital services such as education. We don't need more taxes in a recession.

Bill Hildreth


Don't allow Oregon to follow California

There are people who seem to think that raising tax rates raises tax revenues. Doesn't always happen. Capital is mobile. It goes where it can get the greatest return. That is why California has suffered an out-migration over the past decade of its wealthiest citizens, and an in-migration of low-skilled workers with increased demand for expensive services. The resulting budget disaster is there for all to see. Many Californians moved to Southern Oregon to enjoy the beauty and escape the spending and tax madness of California. Wouldn't it be the supreme irony if we allowed California's bad habits to follow them here? Keep our taxes low. Oppose measures 66 and 67.

Derek Eck


Tax defeat might not lead to service cuts

Proponents of Oregon measures 66 and 67 want the voters to believe that rejecting these tax increases will inevitably mean further cuts in state services. The truth is ... there will be no automatic cuts in programs if the tax increases fail.

Numerous proposals are on the table which balance the budget without touching vital services such as education, health care and public safety. Our elected representatives must be held accountable and forced to examine all alternatives without forcing these damaging tax increases on the voters.

Roger Floyd


Government sounds like Chicken Little

In recent years the state government has come to us twice asking for higher taxes, and twice been rejected. Small business owners, who hire 75 percent of our workforce, will be the ones most hit. With more than 100,000 jobs in Oregon already lost, do you want more job loss because business owners making more than $250,000 per year will have to choose between paying taxes over hiring people? They still don't get it, so now have devised measures 66 and 67, which is a variation on the theme: The world will end as we know it without more revenue for the state even though it is spending nearly 50 percent more than it did 10 years ago. Nonsense! Don't you believe it! The world did not end then and it will not this time either.

J.D. Thompson


Measures will make Oregon run properly

Your vote on measures 66 and 67 is crucial. A "yes" vote goes a long way to holding the line on cuts to education and public services.

The facts to consider are found in the Legislative Revenue Office report No. 6-09. Measure 66 increases the personal tax rate on about 3 percent of the wealthiest Oregonians. Measure 67 increases the tax rate on most corporations by a modest flat rate. Only companies with large gross revenues from sales in Oregon see an increase in their rate. Oregon would still have the fifth-lowest tax rate on business in the country.

I for one don't agree with the Medford Mail Tribune's editorial that defeating the measures will force all sides to come together and start anew. They make a strong case for not cutting public services further, but a weak case that the Republican party and business community will somehow prevail over those in their ranks who have such fixed ideas that government is the problem/don't give them more money/ they spend too much already. I find the argument that wealthy people and large companies will flee the state if the measures pass lacking merit. Families and businesses want to reside in a state that has quality schools and quality public services. Now is the time and these are two ballot measures that deserve a "yes" vote. Let's get on with the business of running our state in a responsible way.

Steve Haskell


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