The conventional wisdom back in the horse and buggy days was when the legislature is in session, then as a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Pacific RR, mothers and fathers keep your money safe and your daughters off the street - it's not safe on the streets of the Salem Puzzle Palace with all those legislators, lobbyists and hacks around and about!
Here's more contemporary wisdom - the nuts and bolts of the legislative process:
From multibillion dollar budgets to tallying floor votes, the Oregon Legislature is run by numbers. We picked a few you should know heading into the legislative session that begins Feb. 2. Session number: 78th. Members: 90. Party breakdown: Democrats dominate both chambers, 35-25 in the House and 18-12 in the Senate.
Given the above information piece since the "numbers" required to pass any revenue bill or attachment require a 3/5ths vote of both chambers - the chances of any bill requiring new money may very well be DOA despite the Democratic majority. In the House the D's are 1 GOP vote away from the magic number (36) votes, while in the Senate they are at the magic number (18). However, this assumes no defections and in the Senate Betsy Johnson (D, Scappoose) can be counted on to put a finger in the Dem caucus eyes.
This may be why organized labor is planning on taking a tax initiative to the voters even before the session begins on Monday. Now that's a vote of confidence isn't it! Kitz has no tax reform plans in mind despite promises to do it... And the business lobby will stop anything in the legislature. As they say the easiest thing to do is to "kill" a bill not pass one. Been there, done that - tee hee on pro-business land use bills... Two can play this game!
Big hike in Oregon business taxes is target of initiative drive by union-backed coalition
Even before the Oregon Legislature starts on Monday, a union-backed coalition is moving ahead with plans to ask voters next year to approve major tax hikes on big corporations -- and maybe high-income individuals as well – to boost funding for schools and other government services...
So as you "saddle up your horses Pilgrims" for a trip to Salem, keep these rules of the road in mind. Oh by the way, you can thank Bill Sizemore for embedding in Oregon's constitution the 3/5s revenue raising rule. This "anti-tax gift keeps on giving" long after people have forgotten old Bill. And of course this passed with our blessings followed by tweaking of Measure 47 by the legislature... which became Measure 50.
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
- Abe Lincoln
- The Red Tory - "Except in Oregon!"