The Real Squeeze

April 13, 2004By Jeff Thompson Download PDF

Taxes Are More Affordable While Other Household Costs Rise

Contrary to claims that surface each year with the arrival of tax day (April 15th), household taxes in Oregon have become more affordable over the last decade. The source of the financial squeeze confronting many Oregonians is not taxes, but the rising cost of basic household budget items, including housing, health care, child care, and higher education. These budget items outstripped income growth during the prosperous 1990s, and have become even more costly in the down economy the state has suffered since.

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