Among my circle of friends, there's a pretty strong pipeline of migration between Oregon and North Carolina, and for good reason. Both states enjoy breathtaking natural beauty, relatively clean environments, and bright streaks of independent thinking among the electorate. The main differences I can see are (1) the temperature of the ocean and (2) the fact that Oregon doesn't have the dark shadow of Jesse Helms hanging over its history. North Carolina could do a lot worse than follow Oregon's lead in terms of fiscal policy and other innovations.
Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.
The tax measures passed easily, with late returns showing a 54 percent to 46 percent ratio. Measure 66 raises taxes on households with taxable income above $250,000, and Measure 67 sets higher minimum taxes on corporations and increases the tax rate on upper-level profits.
Raising taxes on those who can most afford to pay. Sounds good to me.