Fagan’s Bill Proposes to Take Money from Children & Veterans Charities

Fagan’s Bill Proposes to Take Money from Children & Veterans Charities

Following Fagan recently reported on HB 2001, in which Shemia Fagan sponsors ending the charitable tax deduction, mortgage interest tax deduction, property tax deduction and a number of others that Oregon families depend on to make ends meet. Now several non-profits have made it clear that Fagan’s bill will cripple their ability to serve children and veterans.

In a joint written statement, officers of The Environmental Center, Deschutes Children’s Foundation, Arts Central and MountainStar Relief Nursery pointed out that communities rely on a partnership between the private sector, government and charitable nonprofits to provide essential services.

“The charitable giving deduction is not just another tax loophole – it is a critical component of that partnership.  State and federal tax code changes to eliminate or weaken charitable giving ignore this reality and will create more problems than they solve.”

That conclusion was echoed repeatedly.

“Our private donations allow us to be dynamic and immediate with our services for veterans,” said Alison Perry, executive director of Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, adding that charitable contributions are not just a significant part of operating budgets, but are more flexible than grants and show community investment in the charity, which is critical to obtaining other funding.

Fagan’s logic here is as confused as she was introducing her first bill on the House floor – that the populations being serviced by non-profits and charities should instead be managed by the state. Just another big government bill from Shemia Fagan.