Give kicker money to schools, Oregon business leaders suggest
Oregon's top business leaders are weighing in on one of the state's touchiest tax issues: recommending that the state divert at least some of the popular kicker tax rebates into a rainy day fund to help protect schools from budget cuts.
Leaders of several of the state's most influential companies included the proposal to curtail the tax rebates in a series of recommendations they will make today at the annual Oregon Leadership Summit in Portland.
The summit, organized by the Oregon Business Council, brings together hundreds of members of the state's business and political elite and has been a powerful force in recent years for building consensus on a range of governmental policies.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski is focused on his other tax-raising priorities but says the kicker is an issue "the Legislature should grapple with," said his spokeswoman, Anna Richter Taylor.
Our ruling benefactors who know how to spend our money better than we do hate the kicker not just because we get to keep more of what we earned, they hate it because they had their greedy little paws on it and then had to give it back.
They imagine all the programs they could have created, all the political support they could have bought and the choices they could have made for us. But instead of a new "commission on culturual competency" the lowly peasants of Oregon get to spend the fruits of their labor on what they think is best for themselves and their families.