But now it’s over, Christian Gaston has the wrap up in the Oregonian:
“What is the message that this Legislature is sending when we cut my taxes 20 percent?,” asked Rep. Brent Barton, D-Oregon City, a lawyer in private practice. “We cut taxes on thousands of lawyers, doctors, lobbyists, accountants on the same day that we cut benefits for retirees? What message does that send?”
Rep. Jules Bailey, D-Portland, likened the tax cuts to the Business Energy Tax Credit. The cost of that program grew so quickly that it became a political embarrassment and the Legislature has worked to rein it in.
So, the biggest beneficiaries will be people like noted tobacco company lawyers Sharon Rudnick and Dave Frohnmayer? Kitzhaber got advice on the legality of the cuts from Bill Gary at HLGR. So maybe he’ll now make the DOJ hire HLGR, who lost Strunk, to try to defend this? Frohnmayer’s PERS COLA will take a big hit if it sticks in court, so he’ll have to balance that against his usual $550 an hour motivation. Keep an eye on the persinfo blog for commentary and analysis.