Good political news.

Voters in Oregon OK tax hikes for some
Corporations and wealthy families are targeted to help ease the state’s budget crisis.

Look at this;

Reporting from Vancouver, Canada – Facing a budget crunch that threatened to close schools early, lay off teachers and slash healthcare benefits, Oregon voters ended two decades of tax scrimping Tuesday by approving higher taxes on corporations and wealthy families.

The two ballot measures passed handily in a referendum watched closely around the country as a signal of whether voters are ready to approve targeted tax hikes to bail out cash-starved state treasuries.

Check out that first line; “Reporting from Vancouver, Canada.” No wonder we’re not hearing about this here.

Oregon has not voted to raise taxes in thirty years. Somebody convinced them that this was bad. Let’s go look at that, and do it more.

Kevin Looper, who ran the campaign to pass the measures, said the vote was a signal that predictions of a general conservative retrenchment following the Republican victory in this month’s Senate race in Massachusetts were premature.

“I think this is firmly a progressive, populist moment. It just takes leaders to stand up and say what we’re about, and make sure things are clear to voters,” he said. “Because when the choice gets made clear like that, voters will almost always make the right decision.”

Let’s say that again;

“Because when the choice gets made clear like that, voters will almost always make the right decision.”

Hire him. Hire him now for a lot of money.

(And to get a little bit in about corporations spending money;

Supporters, backed by public employee unions, raised $6.8 million, compared with $4.6 million by opponents who relied on the banking industry and business groups.

Just so you know.)

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