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Oregon House backs new business tax, school spending on partisan vote

Lawmakers talk with each other and fiddle with their phones and computers during the long hearing, stretching past 5 p.m. (Claire Withycombe/EO Media Group)

The Student Success Act, a tax bill to pay for ambitious education reforms, passed the Oregon House Wednesday.

Hours of debate and deliberation ended when the House passed the measure on a 37-21 vote.

Democrats took to the floor to talk about how the state has ignored issues like education for too many years. It’s time to fix our failing system, they said.

Republicans said the tax proposal will hurt rural and working class Oregonians. The proposal is being rushed and is ignoring the will of the voters, they argued.

The votes were likely counted before the floor session started at 11 a.m., but . . .