HB 4079 Sales tax to fund debit card for low-income

This bill establishes a 3% sales tax to fund $750 monthly debit cards to the homeless and people under the poverty level. The sales tax would hit targeted items like electronic goods, computers, cell-phones, handbags, jewelry, hunting rifles and even clothing, in an undefined amount. Requires a 60% vote. Personal Choice and Responsibility There is discussion in the Capitol that…

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Oregon sales tax to pay for $750 monthly checks to poor

The bills to be debated during the 35-day Oregon Special Session have been introduced this week. House Bill 4079, sponsored by State Representative Brad Witt would create a sales tax in order to give debit cards to lower income people loaded with $750 monthly payments. The sales tax would hit electronic goods, computers, cell-phones, certain vehicles and certain clothing of…

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Lawmakers approve creation of new office to support immigrants and refugees

Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement will advocate for Oregon’s newest residents, seek to connect people to resources and programs helping to reduce social, economic and health disparities. With strong bipartisan support in both chambers, Oregon lawmakers have approved the creation of a new government office underneath Gov. Kate Brown that will advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees, as…

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Lawmakers try again to introduce bill that would repay Oregonians for tax on stimulus

UPDATE (6-28-21): this bill was passed! Creates refundable income tax credit to adjust for effect on federal income subtraction of recovery rebates allowed to personal income taxpayers. Provides for credit to be claimed on personal income tax return for 2021 tax year. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Provides that…

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Bill could allow formation of new homeless shelter beds across Oregon

Hundreds of emergency shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness could pop up across Oregon in the next year if the State Legislature approves a bill to remove cumbersome zoning rules and demand that cities approve new facility proposals. House Bill 2006 would remove a tangle of land-use approvals and paperwork typically needed to open a shelter, which advocates say currently…

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