Despite its brief legislation session, Oregon's State
Legislature used progressive revenue increases to protect key
priorities and pass major progressive bills to expand economic justice
for job seekers and those seeking credit, extend environmental
protections, protect religious freedom of teachers, stop predatory
banking practices, and protect public employee whistleblowers.
In 2009, Oregon lawmakers approved
HB 2649 and HB 3405, a balanced approach to dealing with their fiscal
problems that included increased taxes on the wealthiest state
residents and corporations. These revenue increases were combined with
lowered taxes for people receiving unemployment insurance benefits,
offering tax relief to many families.