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GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE
To the Citizens of Oregon-  
I am pleased to submit the second comprehensive State of Oregon Tax Expenditure Report. It compiles tax expenditures of all kinds- exclusions, deductions, exemptions, subtractions, deferrals, preferential tax rates, and credits.
 
Over the last 20 years the face of Oregon's economy and public finance system has changed with new industry and the passage of ballot measures 5, 47, and 50. Due to these dramatic changes, I have initiated a tax review effort to look at changes that would help Oregon achieve social, economic and environmental goals. It is equally important that a thorough examination of Oregon's tax expenditures occur in order to insure that they are being used effectively to reach the same goals. This report provides the vehicle for that examination.
 
Taxes continue to be an important issue to Oregonians and full disclosure of how well the system is working is something all Oregon citizens deserve. This report provides a factual basis for a healthy debate on the fairness and efficiency of our tax system.
 
John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.
Governor, State of Oregon