April 7, 2021

Oregon Center for Public Policy: A better reality for Oregonians requires flipping the tax system

ITEP Work in Action

As vaccines for COVID-19 make their way into the arms of Americans, a sense of normality feels within reach. But going back to normal is not what working Oregonians need. We need a reimagined sense of “normal” – one in which workers get paid living wages and the rich pay their fair share.

When you add up all the taxes Oregonians pay at the state and local level, low-income workers pay more in taxes than the rich as a share of income. This upside-down tax system not only benefits the rich more, it also makes it harder for many Oregonians to make ends meet. We need to change this system to ensure economic prosperity is broadly shared. Read more