Tech stays out of tax fight

Unlike other business sectors, Oregon’s tech industry is keeping itself neutral on the tax front.

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The rest of the state’s industries are taking clear stances on Measures 66 and 67, but the tech sector is choosing to stay neutral on the tax fight.

The reason: The measures are a conflict between better public education and better business, two of the tech industry’s highest priorities.

“I am frustrated about the choice I feel I need to make,” said Rich Bader, chief executive of EasyStreet Online Service in Beaverton, a veteran Oregon technologist who said he’s undecided about how he’ll vote on the taxes.

“It’s difficult with the choices we are being offered to take appropriate action,” he said, faulting the legislators who approved the increases. “This isn’t the right set of questions to be asking.”

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