Office of the House Speaker
900 Court St., N.E., Room H-269
Salem OR 97301
April 24, 2013
Jared Mason-Gere (503) 986-1204
Statement from House Speaker Tina Kotek on today’s House vote on HB 2456
“Today the House of Representatives experienced a setback while trying to advance a bill to fund schools and other vital services by cutting tax breaks for large corporations and the wealthy. Partisan politics got in the way of moving a bill Oregonians were counting on for new funding for essential services. I am disappointed in my Republican colleagues.
While I regret that some chose tax breaks over schools, I’m proud that we still found a way to make progress toward the $275 million in revenue the budget requires.
We will not be deterred. Oregonians don’t care how many votes it takes in order to stabilize funding for our schools, and neither do I.
It is time for Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to work together so that the wealthiest Oregonians and large corporations pay their fair share toward the services all Oregonians rely on. In the end, it will be Oregonians who win.”