Make corporations pay more!

Posted by  AAUP Oregon   in  ,      Dec 14, 2015     703 Views     Leave your thoughts  

revenue_1_shareAAUP-OR supports A Better Oregon
by Margaret Butler, Executive Director

A Better Oregon is the campaign to end chronic underfunding of education, healthcare and senior services through a modest increase in the minimum tax for large corporations.  The AAUP-Oregon Executive Committee made the decision to support the initiative petition because our members are tired of the continued crisis in state funding.  If we make the pie bigger, we can increase funding for higher education.

Many groups have been in conversation for a long time about the need for reinvestment in education and social services, and after testing many possible ideas to raise revenue, progressive groups went ahead with Initiative Petition 28, which will raise $5 billion in new revenue.  IP 28 raises the minimum tax on corporations that have over $25 million in sales in Oregon. Any sales over the $25 million would be taxed at 2.5%.

The measure will allow Oregon to hire back laid off teachers, bring class size down, help seniors living in poverty and make health care to more Oregonians.  To help collect signatures or help the campaign in other ways, you can volunteer at http://abetteroregon.org/volunteer/.

The campaign is planning a winter kickoff event on January 23rd, in Portland, at 10 am, location to be announced.

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The Oregon State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP Oregon) is the state-level organization of the AAUP. The Conference’s mission is to advance the collective interests of affiliated AAUP Collective Bargaining and Advocacy chapters, the principles and practices of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and the overall interests of higher education faculty in Oregon through the promotion of excellence in higher education as an investment in Oregon’s future.