When the Oregon Leadership Summit – a combo of government and private sector finance-types – wrapped up their grand foray into possible solutions to the state’s PERS dilemma, the sum total of their recommendations was still painful to either business OR to the voters. One top Oregon official referred to the issue as dealing with a 10,000 pound chicken. One side is going to get pecked to death.
Others called for what can only be described as the 100,000 pound chicken in the room – the creation of the long demonized state sales tax. Oregon is one of a few states that doesn’t have one. One might argue that it’s patently unfair that Oregonians get paid 6% less (the sales tax rate) on the job just because the biggest corporations in Oregon don’t want to pay any more taxes, even though some say they pay at a rate that is the lowest among all other states.
No matter which way it goes, it’s going to get really noisy. Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.