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Oregonian: Steve Novick's mega-tax for the arts

July 28, 2013 | Steve Novick, now a Portland commissioner, provided a refreshing voice of reason during the weeks leading up to last year's arts tax vote. Though he believed in supporting the arts, argued Novick, the tax was "beyond regressive," as it called for just about everyone, rich and poor, to hand over $35 every year. He hastened to say, however, that he would be inclined to support a progressive tax for the same purpose.

And he has. Novick's ideology is so consistent, in fact, that the one-time voice of reason is now the least reasonable Portland commissioner on the subject.

The City Council considered a range of potential changes to the arts tax during a Wednesday work session. The option least like the tax voters approved last year would calculate the tax as a percentage (0.15 percent) of Oregon taxable income ... with no cap. A household with two filers and combined income of $100,000 would pay $150, or roughly double the current tax. A similar household with $1 million in taxable income, however, would pay an arts tax of $1,500, or roughly 43 times as much as they'd owe now. Can you say "beyond progressive?"

None of Novick's colleagues expressed much interest in options at this end of the progressive spectrum. Novick, on the other hand, expressed READ FULL ARTICLE