Lessons From Oregon On How To Successfully Address Budget Deficits

"In 2009, Democrats in the state legislature, joined by two rural Republicans to form a 60 percent supermajority, enacted measures that would raise taxes on corporations and households earning more than $250,000 per year in order to preserve critical public services. In January 2010, after opponents forced a public referendum on the tax measures, proponents waged a resolute and ultimately successful campaign that allowed lawmakers to keep essential public services off of the chopping block."