When reading this year’s version of the Oregon Business Plan, prepared by the Oregon Business Council for this past week’s 2011 Leadership Summit, I was struck by what it leaves out. Though it purports to discuss Oregon’s “economic progress and challenges,” nowhere does the document mention:
• income inequality,
• poverty or the poor,
• the 99 percent and the 1 percent,
• the tax cuts that the most profitable corporations got this year with start of the phase-out of Measure 67, or
• the tax cuts that Oregon's wealthiest households are getting starting January 1 with the expiration of the initial temporary rates under Measure 66.
Whatever the cause for the silence in the Oregon Business Plan, a “policy playbook” for the summit, new short fact sheets from the Oregon Center for Public Policy released this week help provide a more complete view of Oregon’s economic progress and challenges — a better View of the State of Working Oregon.
One fact sheet shows that If Economic Growth Assured Well-Being, Oregonians Would be Thriving, while the other shows that Economic Gains Flow to the Top as Oregon Income Inequality Soars.
When those short papers are read light of knowing that poverty is on the rise in Oregon, one realizes the gaping holes in the leadership summit’s playbook for Oregon.