Measure 41

Argument in Favor

Vote for the Oregon Family Tax Cut

Measure 41 is supported by members of Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy PAC because today Oregonians pay more than they should in taxes. Measure 41 is a tax cut directly targeted at those who need it most; Oregon's hard working middle class families.

The Oregon Family Tax Cut allows Oregon taxpayers the same deduction they get on their federal taxes, (3,200 dollars per family member) on their State taxes. This is a significant tax cut for Oregon families that will dramatically cut the amount of taxes they currently pay to the state.

Imagine saving roughly $140 per person in your family – for a family of four that would mean roughly $560.00 dollars a year in additional savings. You can spend that money on a college fund for your children, gas for your car, or making ends meet. The choice is yours!

Oregon's spending special interests will try to scare you into voting against Measure 41. But this is because they don't have any good arguments to oppose it.

Consider the following facts and it's easy to see why the other side has such a problem making the case against this tax cut:

  • Measure 41 gives Oregon's hard working, middle class taxpayers and their families a tax cut.
  • Oregon state officials have estimated that the state will collect over a billion dollars more in taxes than they originally forecasted, that more than makes up for this tax cut.
  • Measure 41 gives taxpayers a choice; they can take the higher deduction or stay with the old deduction.
  • The impact of Measure 41 will help Oregon families make ends meet without reducing one cent of the overall state budget.

By supporting Measure 41 you are helping those that need it the most, Oregon's hard working families.

Please join the members of Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy PAC by Voting
YES on Measure 41

(This information furnished by R. Russell Walker. Oregon Citizens For A Sound Economy PAC.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 41, A Tax Cut for the Little Guy

Measure 41 is a tax cut designed to help everyday Oregonians who are struggling just to get by and take care of their families.

Measure 41 is a middle class tax cut. It is not a tax cut for the wealthy. In fact, Measure 41 does not cut taxes at all for the top 2 percent of income earners.

The way Measure 41 works is it gives Oregon taxpayers the same deduction on their state tax return that they are allowed on their federal tax return for each member of their family. This is the deduction you get on your federal return based on the number of exemptions you claim. It amounts to $3,200 per family member.

You may have noticed that your taxable income on your state return is sometimes quite a bit higher than on your federal tax return. This is because Oregon does not allow the $3,200 deduction that the IRS allows. As unbelievable as it sounds, the IRS actually offers more generous deductions than the state of Oregon.

For most Oregonians, the loss of this deduction results in a shockingly high state income tax bill that either increases the amount they are required to pay or reduces the amount of the refund they will receive.

Measure 41 fixes this problem. It reduces a taxpayer's taxable income and thus reduces his or her state income tax obligation. The savings are equal to the number of household exemptions one claims times approximately $140 each. For a lot of Oregonians, that extra money will put food on the table or buy school clothes for their children.

It is not very often we get the chance to vote for a tax measure that will do as much good for so many everyday people.

Please join with us and vote Yes on Measure 41.

(This information furnished by R. Russell Walker, FreedomWorks.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 41 Restores Fairness to Oregon Income Tax

Every year, hundreds of thousands of everyday Oregonians are shocked when they learn the amount of their Oregon income tax obligation. The typical question that comes to mind: how can the tax be so high when the maximum income tax rate for Oregon is less than 10 percent?

The primary reason so many middle and lower income taxpayers pay such a high amount in Oregon income taxes is that the state legislature has created a clever way to make the actual income tax you pay a lot higher than you would expect by artificially increasing your income.

When you file your federal income tax return, you are allowed a deduction against your income of approximately $3,200 for each exemption you claim. That's a $3,200 deduction for yourself, your spouse, and for each of your children. Unbelievably, the legislature does not allow Oregonians this deduction. Instead you get a tax credit of approximately $162.00 per exemption.

Measure 41 allows taxpayers the choice of claiming either the $162.00 tax credit or the $3,200 deduction. By choosing the more generous federal deduction, the net difference for most Oregonians would be a tax savings of $140.00 per exemption. For a family of four, that is a reduction in state income taxes of approximately $560.00 per year. Multiply the number of exemptions you claim on your tax return times $140.00 and see how much you will save.

For those worried about the state not having enough money to pay its bills, this measure could not appear on the ballot at a better time. Voters can pass this tax fairness measure without reducing the size of state budgets at all. The impact of the measure would be merely to slow the rate of growth in state spending.

Restore fairness to our state income tax system.
Vote Yes on 41

(This information furnished by R. Russell Walker, FreedomWorks.)

Argument in Favor

Measure 41 and the Spending Limit

Measure 41 is a very popular measure. It is so reasonable and fair that it is difficult to criticize. Opponents are desperate to find negative things to say about it.

Measure 41 gives a larger percentage tax reduction to lower and middle income taxpayers, so opponents can't use their "this is a tax cut for the wealthy" argument.

The size of the tax cut is modest, so opponents can't credibly argue that the measure will devastate state budgets.

Also, the measure is on the ballot at a time when the state is projecting growth in revenue that far exceeds normal growth. This means opponents cannot say, "Yes, this measure is a good idea, but we just can't afford it right now." In reality, this is the perfect time.

So, what criticism can opponents conjure up?

Some have claimed that if a spending limit and a tax cut both pass, this will be too much for the state to absorb all at once. However, if you think about this argument for a moment, you will see that it is entirely baseless.

First, the spending limit does not reduce revenue below past budgets. It merely limits future increases in state spending. Nothing in the spending limit would result in the state's budget actually decreasing. It merely slows the rate of growth.

Second, the Measure 41 tax cut is not "additional money the state would lose". The tax savings that Measure 41 would direct back to taxpayers is money the spending limit would not have let the politicians spend anyway. In other words, it's the same money. It would not be cut twice.

So, don't believe some kind of "double whammy" argument. That's not the way it would work.

Measure 41 is a well-designed, common sense, affordable middle class tax cut.

Please join with the members of the Taxpayer Defense Fund
Vote YES on 41.

(This information furnished by R. Russell Walker, Taxpayer Defense Fund.)

Argument in Favor

Opponents of Measure 41 have raised quite a fuss over the fact that I personally donated a large portion of the money that was spent placing Measure 41 on the ballot. Frankly, I don't understand their thinking. A measure says what it says and does what it does, no matter who donated the money.

However, because opponents have made such an issue over the fact that one old man put up much of the money that was spent qualifying this measure for the ballot, I thought it appropriate that I make a public statement about my reason for supporting Measure 41.

First, I turned eighty this year. At my age, a person with the means to do so tends to look around and wonder if there is anything he could do to make the world a better place. I do not want to appear to be boasting, but I give a lot of money to charities, especially those doing cancer research.

The things I do in the political arena are also aimed at making life better for everyday people. For example, I previously sponsored a measure that requires serious jail time for violent criminals. As a result of that measure, Oregon led the entire nation with a 44 percent decrease in violent crime. That measure helped a lot of people, and I am grateful for that.

This election, I wanted to sponsor a measure to give a tax cut to lower and middle class Oregonians. Measure 41 is not a tax cut for the wealthy. In fact, I don't believe the measure will save me any money at all. That's not why I helped place it on the ballot. Measure 41 will help families, especially those with children, by cutting their taxes something in the neighborhood of $140 per family member.

I trust Oregonians to use the extra money to make lives better for their families. There's nothing more to it than that.

(This information furnished by Loren E. Parks.)

Argument in Favor

Oregon Can Afford To Help Middle Class Families With Measure 41

A Taxing Poem

Tax $$ for Kulongoski
to replace his state car of 16,000 miles.
$400 chairs in the capitol
for politician's cushy-bottom lifestyles.

Our state pension system
is in deficit & can't even pay for itself.
Since politicians are on it
they pass the bill to somebody else.

A half-million in taxes
for art in a county jail called Wapato.
Only gov't would put
public art where the public can't go.

$40 million over budget
on that boondoggle Portland Tram.
Public transit for the rich,
while local taxpayers get the sham.

The Transportation Dept.
spends $2 billion to help you and me.
Yet $2 billion still can't buy,
a shorter line at the DEQ & DMV.

Poem by Jason Williams of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Yes on 41
Tax fairness and tax relief is good for Oregon
Government waste and pork barrel politics is bad.
Vote Yes for fairness and tax relief. Vote Yes on 41

For more tax poetry and examples of government waste go to
www.OregonWatchdog.com or the blog www.OregonCatalyst.com

(This information furnished by Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon.)


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