Excerpt: Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.
The tax measures passed easily, with late returns showing a 54 percent to 46 percent ratio. Measure 66 raises taxes on households with taxable income above $250,000, and Measure 67 sets higher minimum taxes on corporations and increases the tax rate on upper-level profits. The results triggered waves of relief from educators and legislative leaders, who were facing an estimated $727 million shortfall in the current two-year budget if the measures failed.
Tuesday's strong support [60% voter turnout - in a special election!!] also validated a strategy by Democratic lawmakers to single out the rich and corporations for targeted tax increases.
I'm open to correction, but I suspect that public libraries aren't impacted too much by this vote.
According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Public Library Survey Fiscal Year 2007 (published June 2009), Oregon's public libraries receive the majority of their funding from local sources.
(Other is defined as "gift and donations received in the current year, interest, library fines, fees for library service, grants.")