Oregonian Looks at the Small Picture

An editorial in today’s O the editorial board calls Earl Blumenauer’s proposed gax tax increase ‘too steep’ and quotes the “non-partisan Tax Foundation” citing Oregon’s gas tax as among the nation’s 20 highest.

Looking at the big picture, it’s worth remembering that Oregon’s motor vehicle fees and taxes when added together are among the nation’s lowest.

You can’t make good policy by looking at one fact in isolation.

2 Comments

2 Responses to Oregonian Looks at the Small Picture

  1. Dwaine Dibbly
    December 10, 2013 at 5:09 am Link

    Has the Oregonian become so slanted & biased that they have crossed the line to a point where their opinions (and it is, after all, entirely opinions) don’t matter anymore and by covering them, you’re only making them sound more authoritative? If we ignore them (and stop driving traffic to their web site) perhaps it will help them to finally fail and go away for good.

  2. Oregon Mamacita
    December 10, 2013 at 11:10 am Link

    I don’t see how 15 cents a gallon will hurt people too badly. Right now, the price of gas
    swings 15 cents in either direction and no one notices. I like the gas tax increase because it falls heaviest on SUV owners. At this point in time, many working class people have the option of reasonably fuel efficient cars. So, while the tax is regressive, it has a lot of pluses and some mitigating factors.

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