Gov. Brown will hold special session Monday to address 'inequity' in state tax law

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivers her inaugural speech in the Capitol House chambers in Salem, Ore., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Brown was sworn in to complete the remaining two years of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's term. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling a special session in the state legislature Monday to address what she says is an “inequity” in the state tax law.

Currently, small businesses like sole proprietorships are not included in Oregon’s pass-through tax law and Brown thinks that’s unfair.

Brown called for the special session in April. It’s the first she’s called since taking office three years ago.

Legislators already had interim meetings on their calendars for this week.

Brown wants them to take Monday to go back and include the tax breaks for the small businesses that are not currently benefitting from them.

An analysis shows that only about 9,000 businesses would qualify if the change is made.

Critics are accusing Brown of playing politics in an election year.

The special session begins at 8 a.m. Monday. Protesters are expected to gather on the capitol steps.

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