Oregon Democrat Hass derails tax-increase bill
Plans to raise taxes on Oregon corporations and upper-income earners, which seemed to have all the momentum of a moving freight train, crashed in dramatic fashion late Wednesday when Senate Democrats failed to muster enough votes from their own caucus.
The derailment tore a $733 million hole in a tenuously balanced state budget and sent legislative leaders scrambling to find a compromise that would let them adjourn as planned by the end of the month.
"I implore you," Bates repeated three times, looking directly at his longtime colleague. "The state will go into chaos without these bills."
That's $733 million that private citizens get to spend as they see fit. It's a good day for Oregonians. The sick thing about politicians is that some truly believe that without them and their precious programs the state would really go into chaos when in fact most of us just want to provide for our families and don't enjoy the limited interaction with government that we are forced to have.
Imagine a world without public art, needle exchange programs and diversity administrators.