In just a few days, thousands of Oregon business owners will have to make the gut-wrenching decision to either pay a brand-new Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) or keep workers on the payroll.
“I can pay the tax or keep eight to 10 people employed. I can’t do both. I’m hoping lawmakers won’t force us to make that kind of choice,” David Chown, whose family has operated Chown Hardware in Portland since 1879, told the Oregonian in a Mar 27, 2020 story
When the Legislature passed this new tax last year and Governor Brown signed it into law, no one could have seen this pandemic and economic crisis coming. No one.
But there is something we can do to soften the blow, save jobs and prevent further disaster from striking Oregon businesses. Please sign the petition from our partners at Oregon Forests Forever today urging the Governor and Legislature to postpone this new job-killing tax
by just six months. It’s common sense. Now is the worst possible time to raise taxes on businesses that are already getting clobbered by COVID-19 and the economic shutdown.