The Oregon State House, The Oregon State Senate, and Governor John Kitzhaber
Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon legislators: Do not to railroad a sweetheart tax deal for Nike through the lame duck legislature.
The Oregon Working Families Party calls on the Oregon legislature to reject the Governor's sweetheart tax deal with Nike.
Right now there is no transparency for how much Nike pays in state taxes. Now the Governor is trying to railroad through a deal that would tie the hands of the legislature and voters and would lock in Nike's tax rate for up to 40 years.
This is a BAD precedent and a BAD deal for Oregon!
They got out of paying the city $7M at that time (5+years ago), and then got millions in free publicity for 'donating' $1M to the local schools that didn't have enough money, in large part because this giant corporation blackmailed the city to avoid paying taxes.
Phil Knight should be sentenced to live in any of the countries his shoes are made in with no money for a decade or two.
You might remember that he made it into Michael Moore's first film, Roger & Me.
Nike's campus in Beaverton, OR
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen! ~Samuel Adams