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Opponents defeat Measure 97 corporate tax plan

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Voters in Oregon rejected a proposed corporate tax that opponents claimed would lead to increased costs for consumers in the state.

The supporters of the hotly contested Measure 97 failed to convince voters that the plan was the best way to fund education, health care services and senior programs.

Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales campaign coordinator Rebecca Tweed said when the campaign started, people seemed on board with the measure.

She believes the opposing message that the plan would cause a trickling down effect that would affect their family changed many voters’ minds.

"We've run a fact-based campaign, and I think the more Oregonians learned that this would be a huge tax on sales that they would pay with no guarantee on how that money would be spent,” Rebecca Tweed, campaign coordinator for, said. “They realized Measure 97 is not what it's been sold and is a tax on Oregon consumers and family farmers and small businesses that would cost everybody more."

Supporters of the plan who claim the defeat will keep $3 billion in new revenue out of state coffers, but added that they are optimistic with the effort and will start work on a new proposal to attempt to change state corporate tax policies.

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