Here are some great resources about tax and revenue systems in Oregon and many other states. These are a great starting point for anyone interested in the financial structure of state government, especially who pays what in taxes and where our tax dollars go.
First of all, we are affiliated with the Tax Fairness Oreganizing Collaborative, a national network that uses grassroots power to promote progressive tax reform at the state level. It’s a great source of current information on progressive activities at 28 organizations active in 24 states.
At the other extreme is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the notorious lobbying apparatus paid for by the Koch Brothers and others to write and send right-wing legislative directives to conservatives in every state legislature. It is thoroughly explored and explained at Alec Exposed, an indispensable resourse for countering Alec’s relentless corporate agenda in the Oregon state legislature.
2011 Oregon Public Finance – Basic Facts. Published by Oregon’s Legislative Revenue Office, this report breaks down Oregon’s financial situation–including where Oregon gets its revenue, historical statistics about tax collection and how we compare to other states.