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Bentz: Corporate tax would cost us locally

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

ONTARIO – Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz said he wasn’t surprised when Gov. Kate Brown announced her support for a controversial new corporate tax plan last week.

However, Bentz said the governor’s endorsement of IP28 – which will appear as Measure 97 on the November ballot – was regrettable.

“It is really unfortunate our governor chose to support this,” Bentz said.

The measure would create a 2.5 percent tax on Oregon corporations with sales in excess of $25 million annually.

Proponents of the plan say the measure will force large corporations to pay their fair share for operating in Oregon. They say the revenue generated from the tax would used for schools, senior care and other high-profile needs. Critics believe the tax will eventually be passed onto consumers who will have to pay higher . . .