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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:23 PM

Lawmakers announce plan to raise $2 billion for schools through a business tax

SALEM, Ore. Legislators announced a plan to raise $2 billion to fund education across Oregon through a proposal called The Student Success Act.

The co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Student Success, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland), Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and co-vice chair Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) announced details Thursday.

According to a news release by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, the specific initiatives targeted by the legislation are smaller class sizes, full funding of career and technical education (Measure 98), increased access to high quality preschool and early childhood programs, universal access to meals, services for students with disabilities, and mental and behavioral health support.

The revenue would come from a new business tax called a commercial activity tax.

Read more: https://www.kgw.com/article/news/politics/lawmakers-announce-plan-to-raise-2-billion-for-schools-through-a-business-tax/283-07835225-f69d-4360-a2e8-59d7966fbbc7

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