My wife and I have happily mailed in our "yes" votes on Measures 66 and 67. I love to pay taxes. They're the largest contributions to the general good of society (Oregon, United States, world) that we make each year.
These tax measures would slightly increase the amount of money high income Oregonians, and some corporations, pay. If they pass, Oregon still will have one of the most favorable tax burden on businesses.
Currently, even with the new taxes, we're #14 among the 50 states.
Download State business tax climate
So it's ridiculous for the No on 66/67 crowd to claim that the measures will be "job killing" if they pass. Texas has about the same business tax climate (it's #11) as Oregon does, and conservatives like to tout the business-friendliness of that state.
Since facts, and the virtue of unselfishness, argue in favor of Measures 66 and 67, opposition ads have had to resort to lies.
Here's a marvelous example of duplicity recently uncovered by Kari Chisholm of Blue Oregon in "Busted! Latest anti-tax-fairness TV spot features an 'Oregon small business' in... California?!"
Kari looked into a TV ad purportedly showing that "Paula's Bake Shop" would have to lay off two employees if Measure 67 passes. There's just a few BIG problems with this claim.
First, Paula's Bake Shop is in Auburn, California, not Oregon. Second, even if the business was located in this state, it is a sole proprietorship, so almost certainly it would pay zero additional taxes under Measure 67.
If the owners' had an individual taxable income of $125,000 or more ($250,000 for a couple), then they'd pay slightly more in taxes. But if a bake shop is doing that well, the owners can afford to help keep teachers, police officers, and others employed -- and buying cookies.
(To learn more about No on Measure 66/67 lies, check out "Truth surfaces in Oregon despite consultants' efforts.")