This past Saturday the Main Street Alliance of Oregon took part in the launch of A Better Oregon winter campaign. The campaign is moving a tax measure forward that would tax Oregon's largest corporations, those grossing over $25 million annually. The added tax revenue created would provide additional funding for the state's K-12 education system, services provided for seniors, and healthcare.
Over 220 people were in attendance for the launch including; small business owners, educators, children, and concerned citizens. One of the small business owners in attendance, Carmen Ripley Wilson, owner of Beanstalk Children's Resale, provided testimony in support of the proposal.
"I care about my community and I want to make sure it's healthy, but as a small business owner, there's only so much I can do on my own," said Carmen. "Crowded classrooms, unaffordable healthcare, seniors retiring into poverty...everyone can agree that these things need to change. With A Better Oregon, we have the opportunity to do just that. We can make the kinds of investments that will allow our communities to thrive."
The coalition hopes that their proposal will become a ballot measure in 2016 and have enjoyed broad support from legislators, advocacy groups, and faith-based organizations. The Main Street Alliance of Oregon currently has 190 signatures from small business owners across the state in support of the proposal and are well on their way to their goal of 300 small business owners signed on in support.