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Sen. Girod blames financial 'mismanagement' for state woes


September 18, 2019

STATE SEN. Fred Girod speaks to the a Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.

The last legislative session was tough for Sen. Fred Girod.

"I loved my job up until six weeks before the end of the session," Girod said during a wide-ranging presentation at the monthly Chamber of Commerce Membership Forum Aug. 30.

The Democrat-dominated legislature was passing legislation to create a tax on gross receipts – not on profits – while businesses like Norpac in Stayton were declaring bankruptcy.

That's a big expense, especially for businesses that have to take prices from the market, Girod said.

The $2 billion gross receipts tax is dedicated to education, he said, and t...

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