Williams is a life-long taxpayer advocate who has archived the state’s largest collection of government waste. Jason heads both the Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation and its sister organization, Taxpayer Association of Oregon.

Calculate your Kicker Tax Refund

Million of your tax dollars were over-collected by the state of Oregon during the current budget cycle.  Oregon voters approved a law that requires lawmakers to return over-collected tax revenue to those who paid it. The average Oregon Tax Refund is $227 and can be claimed when you file your 2017 taxes next year. Use…

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Despite “crisis” budget grows 10%

Oregon’s 2017 Legislative Session began with laments of a “budget crisis” and “shortfall”. To close the gap between what previous Legislatures had promised to spend and the actual amount of money available, virtually every kind of tax increase imaginable was proposed. At the end of the Session, and with only marginal new or increased taxes…

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PERS crisis where it stands

The Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) crisis has hit a $22 billion deficit and the Legislature seems paralyzed to address the crisis.  The media is sounding the alarm and experts are hinting that we might have to fall off a cliff before changes will come. A website Oregon Ponzi Scheme helps to compare the Bernie…

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Central Ore. rebounds, Portland and Eugene weaker

Oregon Regional Economic Indicators (click chart for larger view) By UofO Oregon Economic Indicators Regional economies experienced some mixed numbers in February, but underlying trends remain solid. Highlights of this month’s report include: – For all regions, moving average measures (which smooth monthly volatility) remain above zero, indicating above trend activity. Recall that these figures…

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Governor Brown’s Office Delays Public Records

Governor Brown’s Office Delays Public Records Request By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon, The Bend Bulletin Editorial Board stated last summer on Oregon Governor Kate Brown “The governor’s office is so slow to fill requests for her calendar and documents relating to it as to render the final product useless or nearly so.” A few weeks…

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Oregon Legislature Begins Today

The Oregon Legislature begins today and taxpayers should pay attention. The Oregon Legislature is looking at over a 100 tax and fee increase proposals.  The Oregon Legislature will also look at rule changes which will have the effect of raising taxes and costs on taxpayers and businesses.  The Oregon budget will grow by over a…

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Marijuana tax revenue hits $60 million

Oregon Department of Revenue Press Release, As of December 31, 2016, the Department of Revenue has received $60.2 million in marijuana tax payments since the state began taxing recreational marijuana in January 2016. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/stats Marijuana tax receipt information will be updated on this page monthly, generally toward the…

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Health care fail: Higher costs, providers flee

By Taxpayer Foundation of Oregon Health insurance prices on the Obamacare exchanges have been published on HealthCare.gov, and it’s not good news. Higher premiums, higher deductibles, and fewer choices. Fewer plans: Last year, residents in Portland, Oregon had a choice of 87 plans. This year, we get only 37 plans from which to choose (1).

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