Vox Populi? Oregon Tax and Expenditure Limitation Initiatives

Posted: 27 Feb 2005

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Fred Thompson

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Mark Green

Oregon State University - College of Business

Abstract

This essay provides a brief history of tax and expenditure limitation initiatives in Oregon, along with a narrative of contemporary events. Largely as a consequence of the initiative's increased role in the formulation of Oregon's fiscal policy, State and local taxes paid by Oregon households declined from 7.4 percent of income in 1989 to 6.8 percent in 2003; state revenue, which is heavily dependent upon personal income taxes, has become increasingly income elastic; and local governments now rely on user fees to an almost unprecedented degree.

Keywords: referendum, initiative, tax limitations, expenditure limitations, cyclicality

JEL Classification: H71, H72, D72

Suggested Citation

Thompson, Fred and Green, Mark, Vox Populi? Oregon Tax and Expenditure Limitation Initiatives. Public Budgeting & Finance . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=631942

Fred Thompson (Contact Author)

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management ( email )

900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
United States
503-370-6228 (Phone)
503-370-3011 (Fax)

Mark Green

Oregon State University - College of Business ( email )

Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

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