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 »

Tell your network:

For safer Oregon schools, more revenue must be raised

Portland parents are rightfully upset over revelations of lead-tainted drinking water in public schools. Lead exposure causes brain damage and stymies development, causing irreversible harm. Many people became aware of the dangers of lead after news broke of tainted water in Flint, Michigan, where the deterioration of ancient lead pipes has been slowly poisoning the… Read more »

Tell your network:

When big business pretends to be small

We’ve all heard of greenwashing, right? It’s when a major corporation with a suspect environmental record spends a lot of time and money trying to portray their company as environmentally friendly or “green.” Maybe the best — or worst, depending on how you look at it — example of greenwashing in recent memory was when… Read more »

Tell your network:

The numbers just don’t add up.

It seems like every time large corporations are asked to pay their share in taxes, their first reaction is to make big, bold claims about raising prices. Often, their math just doesn’t add up. Case in point: This week, Berkshire Hathaway-owned Pacific Power told The Oregonian that A Better Oregon’s measure to improve funding for… Read more »

Tell your network:

Press Release: Campaign to better fund Oregon’s critical services qualifies for the November ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katherine Driessen [email protected] 443-812-3702 (SALEM) — The A Better Oregon (IP 28) campaign has officially qualified for the November 2016 ballot, giving Oregon voters an opportunity this fall to better fund the state’s schools, health care, and senior services. If approved, the ballot measure would raise the corporate minimum tax on… Read more »

Tell your network:

The LRO report missed the mark

The Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) released a report on Initiative Petition 28, describing their analysis and findings on the expected economic impact of the measure, which increases the corporate minimum tax for C corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales. As a whole, the report is quite positive, demonstrating that the measure hits… Read more »

Tell your network:

What you should know about LRO

Today, the state’s Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) released a report about A Better Oregon and our effort to better fund our schools and critical services. The big takeaway? The world’s largest corporations will pay the overwhelming majority of the tax. This is something we’ve been saying for a while, and now the state is acknowledging… Read more »

Tell your network:

We reached our final signature goal!

Thanks to our amazing team of volunteers and supporters, we spoke to Oregonians in every corner of the state about the need to hold the world’s largest corporations accountable — and we’re one step closer to truly building A Better Oregon! 6,000 volunteers collected 85,238 signatures Teachers, parents, home care workers, nurses, students, retired Oregonians,… Read more »

Tell your network:

Where would you rather live?

States that have low corporate taxes invest less in their schools, leaving students without  the education they need to be successful. Oregon has the country’s lowest corporate taxes, and it shows, as Oregon has some of the country’s most crowded schools and among the lowest graduation rates. Under-education has drastic consequences for state economies. If… Read more »

Tell your network:

One step closer to the finish line!

This Saturday, hundreds of volunteers braved the rain to gather signatures for A Better Oregon. Our amazing team of volunteers was joined by leading advocacy organizations, community leaders and elected officials. Together, they took to the streets to spread the word on why now is the time to hold big corporations accountable for their fair… Read more »

Tell your network: