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  •  Just abolish the sales tax (5+ / 0-)

    Oregon does not have a sales tax, and gets along just fine. See link:

    http://www.oregon.gov/...

    Their businesses don't have to bother collecting it and remitting it, their residents don't have to pay a use tax on out of state purchases. How can this be? Well, they get enough money from other sources, such as their income and property taxes.

    As a result of not having a sales tax, the taxes in Oregon are less regressive than they are in States which do have a sales tax. It seems to work out well for them. If you would like to have a less regressive State tax system, then will join me in calling for a replacement of sales taxes with other taxes the way Oregon does.

    Eradicate magical thinking

    by Zinman on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:45:03 PM PDT

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    •  Believe me, as an Oregonian it pains me to say (8+ / 0-)

      that our system is NOT "working out well."  Ask any educator.  

      With the revenues from resource extraction (timber taxes) disappearing, and Measure 5 freezing property taxes and reversing the ratio of local/state funding of schools, the situation for funding schools has reached the breaking point. Schools must fight for a declining share of a state budget hit hard by loss of income taxes (high unemployed=no or low taxable income) and a loss of property values, which in turn translates into less tax revenue.  Plus, many, if not most, school districts in Oregon have experienced declining enrollments (enrollment = state $$) as children are moved by their parents to major population centers in search of employment.    

      Thank you, Great Recession.

      Education in other states has had a tough time, but most states have a "third revenue stream" to help buffer some of the worst effects of recession.

      I think if we could get rid of Measure 5 and its offspring and get rid of the idiotic "kicker" that prevents the State from using any surplus to create a Rainy Day Fund, then the No Sales Taxes in Oregon system might be a bit more tenable.  But Measure 5 has got to go.  It puts almost all of the burden on small landowners and, as time has gone by, left corporations with smaller and smaller property tax bills.    

      Metaphors be with you.

      by koosah on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:04:10 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the inside perspective (1+ / 0-)
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        Measure 5 in Oregon needs to go, just as old Proposition 13 in California needs to go.

        Jumping to regressive taxation systems is not the fairest way to solve the problem. Increasing income taxes on the rich is.

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:31:01 PM PDT

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