House Republicans this week released a Moore Information poll showing a strong majority of Oregonians remain strongly opposed to raising taxes. The poll results were cited as the Oregon Legislature considers tax increases, mostly on small businesses.
In a statewide survey of 500 Oregonians, 68 percent of respondents said they believed "state government has the money it needs, it just needs to spend it more wisely," while 28 percent believed state government "needs to raise taxes to fund additional programs." Four percent has no opinion.
"The poll should send a strong message to those at the Capitol who think it's OK to raise taxes and spend money at unsustainable levels," said House Republican Leader Wayne Scott (R-Canby). "Oregonians are not convinced that state government is spending its money wisely, and pursuing tax increases will not restore the Legislature's credibility.
"Oregonians will remember those who stood their ground for responsible government, and those who supported tax increases out of political expediency."
House and Senate Democrats are advancing separate proposals to divert the corporate kicker; both proposals would raise taxes on thousands of small businesses.
The House Democratic proposal, HB 2707, enacts a one-time suspension of the corporate kicker and would require 40 votes in the House of Representatives.
The Senate Democratic proposal would ask voters to enact a permanent repeal at a May special election.
The Moore poll also found that 31 percent of respondents said they believed "wasteful spending is the most serious problem in state government." Nineteen percent said they believe "elected officials who don't listen to voters is the most serious problem in state government."
"The Legislature should remember that Oregonians rejected tax increases during special elections in 2003 and 2004," Rep. Scott said. "Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature must be careful not to repeat this history."