Debate heats up over bill to bar business tax changes

The Oregon Capitol, where a special session of the Legislature may take up a bill to disconnect Oregon's tax code from three federal tax breaks for businesses included in the CARES Act signed March 27. The special session, second this summer, opens Monday, Aug. 10.

Even while Oregon lawmakers ponder a third special session in September, the political battle lines are being drawn over legislation that would disconnect the state tax code from three federal business-related tax breaks passed earlier this year.

Advocates of state services and schools say the measure would recoup $225 million for the state budget. But business groups argue that they need the cash generated by the federal provisions to revive their operations.