Kitzhaber comes out against Measure 97

Kitzhaber posted on Facebook and his website

Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber makes remarks during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber makes remarks during an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon governor has broken ranks with his fellow Democrats to protest a proposed business tax.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Sunday night posted an argument against the tax on his website and on Facebook.

Gov. Kate Brown, also a Democrat, backs the tax proposal called Measure 97. It would create a new gross receipts tax on specific kinds of Oregon businesses with $25 million or more in sales.

Kitzhaber says he agrees that corporations could afford to contribute more to close Oregon’s budget deficit and help support public services. But he argues that the revenue generated by Measure 97 would be too much and wouldn’t necessarily fix anything.

Kitzhaber resigned in February 2015 after an influence-peddling scandal.