The Oregonian on the Corporate Kicker Measure


Yesterday morning, supporters of the Corporate Kicker for K-12 measure (Measure 85) met with the Oregonian editorial board for the newspaper’s endorsement on the measure.

It was a lively discussion, highlighting the obvious need to start reinvesting in our K-12 schools. In an online post, the editors have said their endorsement will be in this Sunday’s paper.

It won’t be the first time they’ve opined on the need to reform the corporate kicker. Here’s what the editorial board wrote in April, just after we announced that we were gathering signatures to reform the corporate kicker:

Second, this is a step that needs to be taken. Oregon's boom-and-bust tax structure is broken, condemning the state to a destructive cycle of building up programs and institutions in good times, only to tear them down in bad. Repealing the corporate kicker should be part of the solution.

Business groups seem willing to accept the ballot proposal. "I'm not detecting from anybody in the business community that I've talked to that there is going to be any significant opposition to it," Jay Clemens, president of Associated Oregon Industries, told The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes.

For Oregon schools, the need for adequate funding has only gotten more obvious since the Oregonian’s ed board wrote those words. Students are going back to school this week finding that classes are even more overcrowded this year than last, and that many of their favorite programs have been eliminated.

It’s now months into the campaign season, and there’s still no organized opposition to the measure.

Given that the crisis in our classrooms has only intensified, what will the Oregonian say about the measure? We’ll find out on Sunday.


This initative needs to be defeated. I am concerned that Our Oregon is out for a financial grab. It doesn't make any difference whether its for schools. There is more than enough money for schools. That old saw doesn't fly anymore. Its a sad direction that some in our country believe its O.K. to take money that isn't theirs for the perceived greater public good. The money was paid by businesses, it goes back to businesses. We are still the United States with strong values of independence and self preservation and reliance aren't we?

Furthermore, Our Oregon statement about, "Our Oregon is Oregon’s progressive coalition, working for social and economic justice and fighting to protect Oregon’s priorities" means to me that its another group that wants to even out the field of success and prosperity by purposefully taking from people who are merely "winners" in life and hard workers.

Rather than change folks minds, I would rather we just take our own states, split the country, and folks with that belief have theor states, and we have ours.

I would never want to live with, around or be friends with folks who are so interested in redistribution to make things "fair". Redistributionists mindset is so different that mine that we will never agree. Lets remain friends and just go our seperate ways. However, stop trying to take from those that create and prosper. We will stop you at every ballot and initative you present.

This reminds me of the uparor that the federal tax refund caused in certain circles a few years ago. There were actually people who were arguing with a straight face that it was not fair that rich people were getting $200 checks while people who paid zero net federal income tax (and in many cases were already getting more back from the feds than they initially paid in withholding) were getting no refund. Some people will simply never be satisfied as long as anyone, anywhere has more money than someone else.

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