ASUO president Beatriz Gutierrez among students arrested at Salem protest

ASUO president Beatriz Gutierrez was arrested along with several other students from the Oregon Student Association at a protest in Salem on the morning of May 14.

Students were lying in a hallway in the capitol protesting the Oregon kicker rebate, which is an excess amount of tax rebate money available to the state legislature.



“Don’t kicker us while we’re down. Fund higher education,” the signs read.

This year, the kicker is projected to return $349 million to taxpayers, which results in a 5.1 percent reduction in tax liability on average. A kicker hasn’t occurred since 2007.

Kickers used to be returned to taxpayers in the form of check refunds, but in 2011 they changed to a tax reduction. In 2012, the legislature changed again so the corporate tax portion would be routed towards K-12 education.


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Kaylee Tornay

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Kaylee is the Emerald's 2015-2016 Hiring and Training Director. Formerly an ASUO reporter for the News Desk and writer for the Arts and Culture Desk, Kaylee has also interned for the Medford Mail Tribune and freelanced for the Bend Bulletin.
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