The purpose of this Faculty Forum paper is to make known our personal opinions that the "kicker Law" is a bad law and to demonstrate what we see is a powerful way to make this point. We invite others to participate the same way. Those who would like to be included in the statement that wil be published, or simply want more information about it, are invited to contact me (email@example.com or 737-5339).
Thank you for considering this opinion,
John E. Morris, Professor/former Chair, Zoology
OSU colleagues who join me in this action:
Carroll W. Dekock, Prof./Chair, Chemistry: former Pres. Faculty Senate
Sally Francis, Prof./Head, Apparel, Int., Housing, & Merch.; Pres. Faculty Senate
Stanley V. Gregory, Prof., Fisheries & Wildlife
Andrew G. Hashimoto Prof./Head, Bioresource Engr.
Joe Hendricks, Prof., Sociology; Dir. University Honors College
Kenneth S. Krane, Prof./Chair, Physics; Pres.-Elect Faculty Senate
Christopher K. Mathews, Distinguished Prof./Chair, Biochem. & Biophysics
Michael Oriard, Prof., English; former Pres. Faculty Senate
Irene Rau, Bus. Mgr., Chemistry; Pres. OSU Management Association
Tudy Seistrup, Office Manager, Home Ec Extension; Pres.-Elect Office Personnel Assn.
Tony Van Vliet, Prof. Emeritus, Forestry; former State Representative
Anthony Wilcox, Assoc. Prof./Chair, Exercise & Sport Sci.; OSU Interinstitutuional Faculty Senate Representative
The statement below will appear in the advertisement along with the names of those pledging their refunds to OSU.
MAKING THE KICKER SCORE FOR EDUCATION
We, the undersigned, are discouraged by the recent vote of the state Legislature not to override the "2% Kicker" law. Oregon's economy was much healthier in the 1993-95 biennium than projected, but, precisely because of that, the "2% Kicker" law requires over $163 million in unanticipated state income taxes for that period to be returned to individual and corporate taxpayers. At a time when the state economy is booming and a growing population has increasing need of state services, the result of this action is that state-supported education and many other public services will suffer continuing budget cuts even though funds are already on hand to greatly improve the balance.
To healp in a small way to alleviate the problem and to demonstrate our commitment to education for all Oregonians, as faculty, staff, and friends of Oregon State University, we individually pledge to send our 2% Kicker refund directly to the OSU Foundation in support of OSU educational programs or to foundations supporting other Oregon public education programs. We are hoping that this act will convince others to do the same and will convince our Legislators to remembe until the nest session that a strong public sentiment exists for true tax reform.
Opinions expressed by authors of Faculty Forum articles are not necessarily those of the OSU Faculty or Faculty Senate.