Tax Questions With Oregon Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Kate Brown

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Bloomberg BNA recently posed a series of tax-centric questions to the Republican and Democrat candidates for governor in Oregon. Below are the responses from Democrat incumbent candidate Kate Brown.

Kate Brown

Interview by Paul Shukovsky

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D)—who was secretary of state from 2008 to 2015—ascended to the governor’s office in 2015 after the resignation of then Gov. John Kitzhaber (D). An attorney, Brown served 17 years in the Legislature and in 2004 became the first woman Senate majority leader. As governor, Brown signed into law in 2016 bills which made the state the first in the nation with a legislative mandate that utilities eliminate coal as a resource and the fourth state to require paid sick leave.

Editor's Note: Brown provided a single, consolidated answer to five questions that sought her opinion and priorities on state and local tax issues; position on initiatives including Measure 97, a corporate gross receipts tax; hurdles in enacting her tax policy priorities; challenges in the tax and revenue realm facing the state in light of market conditions; and whether the state’s tax regime is properly balanced.


My priorities when evaluating tax policies are:

  •  to ensure Oregon has stable and adequate revenue for its schools and basic services;
  •  that we support struggling families;
  •  and that Oregon’s economy continues to grow and we support our small businesses in the process.


For more than 30 years, lawmakers in Oregon have struggled and failed to address the issues in our tax system, and as a result of their inability to do so, we are shortchanging generations of Oregonians.

That’s why I support Measure 97. With stable and adequate revenue, we can sustain investments in early childhood education, increase the graduation rate, and give more kids the hands-on experiences and skills that employers want.

Oregonians expect everyone to pay their fair share. Right now, our tax system makes Oregon workers and families pay more and more, while by some measures, corporations are paying among the lowest taxes in the nation.

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