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.
— Chris Lehman (@CapitolCurrents) May 14, 2015
“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.