STOP THE TRUMP TAX SCAM, A DISASTER FOR OREGONIANS!


For many days, we have explained why the Trump Tax Scam is terrible. It will also disproportionately harm Oregonians. And, the bills’ budget-busting deficit will automatically eliminate funding for essential programs under the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) statute.

Say goodbye to:

  • The state and local tax deduction: 46% of Oregonians (vs. 30% nationally) itemize their deductions
  • Popular “green tax breaks” for electric vehicles and wind energy

Oregon’s budget will be upended when PAYGO cuts off federal funding for “non-defense discretionary” programs:

  • Rural areas will suffer when funding for farm price-supports, conservation efforts on private lands, and agricultural export programs is eliminated.
  • Block grants for vocational rehabilitation, affordable housing, social services like foster care, Meals on Wheels, elder abuse prevention, programs for crime victims and many other programs will stop.
  • Mineral leasing revenue-sharing programs will end, eliminating Oregon’s 50% share of the lease revenue from its federal lands.
  • “Build America Bonds,” lowering state and local borrowing costs, will be defunded.

The Trump Tax Scam is a budget-buster for federal and state budgets and the finances of individual Oregonians, who will see their taxes increase and vital services eliminated. STOP IT NOW!


ACTION 1: CALL CONSTITUENTS IN SWING STATES (FROM HOME OR ANYWHERE)

Call progressive constituents in critical swing states – Alaska, Arizona, and West Virginia – and urge them to call their Senators to vote NO on the Tax Scam.

The Indivisible Guide makes it easy with their calling tool: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam/

Better yet: invite visiting family/friends to join you and make calls together! Count how many calls you can make and cheer each other on!


ACTION 2: JOIN US FOR A CALLING PARTY TOMORROW

If you’re in the Portland area, join Indivisible Oregon volunteers in calling swing state constituents, and urge them to call their senators to vote NO on the tax scam. We’ll use this tool: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam/

If you’ve never made these types of calls before, this a nice chance to try with a friendly group!

Wed, Nov 29th

12noon-2pm

TaborSpace ArtSpace, 5441 SE Belmont

*IMPORTANT: Bring a charged laptop or tablet and a cell phone*


ACTION 3: CALL YOUR SENATORS 

(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling about the Trump/GOP Tax Scam. Besides giving tax breaks mainly to the rich, the plan’s budget-busting deficit will trigger automatic program cuts that will hurt every Oregonian. Please use every available procedural tool to stop this bill. Thank you.