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Hansell Doesn’t See Future For Kotek Kicker Bill

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek has introduced a bill calling for the state to keep roughly half of the estimated one-point-four billion dollar “kicker” refund to use on a set of transportation issues, but at least one Senator says it has no traction to advance.  29th District Senator Bill Hansell feels there is no way it can get through, as it would take a constitutional amendment that requires two-thirds support in both the House and Senate.  Under Oregon’s Constitution, the unique kicker tax rebate is triggered when tax revenues for the two-year budget cycle come in more than two percent above economists’ forecast from the start of the cycle.