We’re a Low-Tax, High-Fee State

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We’re a Low-Tax, High-Fee State

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Let me put a disclaimer right up front: it is rather meaningless to compare states in terms of revenue collections (as, unfortunately, is often done in political and policy discussions).

We’re a Low-Tax, High-Fee State

Let me put a disclaimer right up front: it is rather meaningless to compare states in terms of revenue collections (as, unfortunately, is often done in political and policy discussions). How Oregon ranks relative to other states fails to inform whether revenue collections are sufficient to support the public structures that create opportunity and the quality of life that Oregonians desire and expect.

That said, if people are going to put forth comparisons, they at least should be based on facts.

And, as OCPP’s latest issue brief shows, the facts are that as a share of total personal income:

Oregon is a low-tax state . . .

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But fees are high . . .

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Adding up to slightly below average revenue

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Read more in Oregon: Where Taxes are Low, Fees are High and Revenue Is Slightly Below Average

 


This post was originally published on www.blueoregon.com on March 7, 2012. The original post can be found at http://www.blueoregon.com/2012/03/were-low-tax-high-fee-state/.

 

Charles Sheketoff

Charles Sheketoff

Chuck Sheketoff is a founder of the Oregon Center for Public Policy and former Executive Director. Incorporated in 1995, the Center was launched with Chuck as its first executive director after Chuck received the "public interest pioneer award" from the Stern Family Fund in September, 1997. Prior to starting the Center, Chuck lobbied the Oregon legislature on tax policies and on human services programs' policies and budgets on behalf of legal aid clients (1992 to 1996) and the low-income clients of the Oregon Law Center (1997).

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