The most recent action of Gov. Kate Brown is nothing short of political theater.
In the final days of the special session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1528 on a party-line vote. After an outcry from around the state for a veto, she signed it anyways. One thing is clear: Kate Brown has no interest in helping Oregon small business. She is much more interested in union and corporate interests than the interests of the backbone of the Oregon economy, small businesses.
Last year, Congress passed tax reform which allows almost 400,000 Oregon small business to deduct 20 percent of their business income on their federal taxes. SB 1528 disconnects the state tax code from the federal code, therefore closing this deduction to Oregon small business on their state tax forms.
Now she is playing politics with Oregonians' livelihoods and pocketbooks. She has called for a special session on May 21 to deal with small business taxes. Is there any coincidence she is calling for her first special session amid a critical election year? I think not. “This has to be done now and cannot wait,” the governor says about the special session. Well, she had the opportunity by vetoing SB 1528 but failed. Unfortunately, thousands of Oregonians, especially here in Albany and surrounding areas, will feel the effects of this failure. I encourage you to remember this come November.
Albany (April 26)