Taxes and tech: Oregon’s industry leaders aren’t engaged

In today’s paper I have an article on Oregon’s tech community and its conflicted feelings about the two tax measures before state voters.

While many of Oregon’s trade groups and business executives are lining up against the measures, the state’s tech community is, by and large, sitting out the fight. That’s because the measures pose a conflict between the industry’s two highest priorities: Better public education, and a better business climate.

I’ve been asking tech industry execs about the issue for the past six months and have heard a consistent refrain: Whatever their opinions about these individual measures, they’d like to see broad reform in Oregon’s fiscal policy, taxes and education system.

Maybe it’s not just tech. Maybe everyone feels that way.

By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian

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