6,576 Oregonians stand behind Measure 97!

  Parents, teachers, small businesses, leaders, and organizations from every corner of the state have come together to build A Better Oregon — and they aren’t alone! Thousands of Oregonians agree that by holding large and out-of-state corporations accountable, we can have strong schools and healthy Oregonians. 6,000 volunteers, 576 endorsements from community organizations, economists,… Read more »

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Study shows: corporate taxes don’t impact consumer prices

Today, the Oregon Consumer League and Our Oregon released a report that confirms one of the strategic elements of Measure 97: There is no correlation between the taxes corporations pay in a state and the prices paid by consumers in that same state. Raising Oregon’s corporate minimum tax will not lead to higher prices for… Read more »

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Because Utilities Owe Billions in Taxes, Oregonians are Left in the Dark

Utilities pay the lowest effective tax rates of any industry, even though they collect money from ratepayers to cover their tax bills. Customers end up paying twice — once as ratepayers through the taxes included in their bills and a second time as taxpayers when they have to make up for public service funding gaps… Read more »

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Measure 97 Means Health Care Justice

Just two weeks ago, the Oregon Health Authority cut approximately $100,000 of grant funding for the Cascade AIDS Project’s education and outreach budget for insurance enrollment. That’s bad news for the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who are struggling to access health care — it is downright dangerous for many Oregonians most in need of… Read more »

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Big Pharma’s Tax Dodge

Pharmaceutical prices in the United States are sky high, and Americans pay some of the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world. Pfizer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, is reaping the benefits of this inequality. It reported $49 billion in revenue and $7 billion in profits last year — yet… Read more »

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Big Corporations Are Afraid

Opponents of Measure 97 would like you to believe they represent small Oregon businesses, but their campaign disclosures tell a different tale. Today our opposition confirmed for us what we’ve known all along: The real opponents of Measure 97 are large and out-of-state corporations. And these corporations have committed to spending tens of millions of… Read more »

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Dead last, three years in a row

The Anderson Economic Group recently released their 2016 State Business Tax Burden Rankings report, and for the third year running Oregon is ranked dead last. Several organizations put out state tax rankings, but AEG’s report is the best measure of effective business taxes. That’s because they total up all the taxes businesses pay, and compare… Read more »

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With grassroots supporters, we can WIN against big business

It’s no surprise that large corporations are opposing A Better Oregon, the campaign to invest in Oregon’s underfunded schools, health care, and senior services by holding large and out-of-state corporations accountable. The opposition would like you to believe that they are representing a group of small businesses, families, and Oregon-based organizations, but they aren’t. The… Read more »

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A lesson in corporate accountability

Here at A Better Oregon, we’re all about citizens holding corporations accountable. For a truly impressive example, look no further than Cascade Locks, where a group of concerned residents recently defeated Nestlé’s attempt to open a $50 million bottling plant in the Gorge. For most people, Nestlé probably conjures up images of hot chocolate and… Read more »

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