PENDLETON, Ore. – Common Sense for Oregon President Kevin Mannix is touring eastern Oregon this week and will stop in Hermiston and Pendleton Thursday. He has two reasons for his visit – one that deals with legislation and the other that concerns a proposed ballot measure.
Mannix says the legislation deals with trying to bring container shipping back to the Port of Portland. The port is owned by the state and the loss of shipping options has hit this region hard.
“Our focus point is container shipping, but we’ll probably also have discussions about bulk cargo shipping and the needs of Oregon agriculture to get shipping out of that port so that we can be cost effective,” he said.
Mannix is also looking for people willing to participate in circulating petitions for an initiative that he says would ban Oregon from taxing any gifts from one family member to another.
“Anyone in a family should always be able to give something to someone else,” he said. “We don’t want to see the Oregon gift tax brought back. We don’t want to see transfer taxes. You know how government is. You give them the opportunity to tax and they’ll do it.”
Mannix will be at the Hermiston Conference Center tomorrow at 10 a.m. He’ll be at the Stratton Agency in Pendleton starting at 1:30 p.m.