Kicking around the “kicker’

The governor’s “kicker” reform may go on the ballot, but legislators are doubtful.

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An annual-sessions ballot measure that imposes time limits is likely to come out of the Legislature’s special session that starts this week.

But legislators are less confident about a measure for Gov. Kulongoski’s proposed reform of Oregon’s “kicker” law.

House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, said he has not seen a consensus on all the details of such a change to the law, which legislators passed in 1979 and voters locked into the Oregon Constitution 10 years ago. If collected taxes exceed projections by 2 percent or more, the entire excess is rebated.

“I think it’s too early to lay down any expectations that there will be a referral of ‘kicker’ reform,” he said.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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