Anti-tax measures look likely to make ballot

SALEM — It looks like Oregon voters are going to get a chance to weigh in on the $733 million tax hike passed by the Legislature.

Opponents said today they turned in more than twice as many signatures as needed to force a January referendum on the Legislature's budget-balancing plan to raise taxes on corporations and upper-income individuals.

Tax opponents needed to collect at least 55,000 valid petition signatures to send each of the taxes to the ballot. They say they turned in nearly 130,000 signatures on the personal income tax increase and 126,000 signatures for the corporate tax hikes.

State elections officials have 30 days to verify the signatures.

— The Associated Press

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