- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A state House panel has advanced a bill that combines a variety of tax increases with tax breaks benefiting primarily lower-income Oregonians.

Democrats on the Revenue Committee sent the measure to the full House in a party-line vote on Tuesday.

The tax hikes target premium cigars and some businesses that pay the corporate minimum tax. Some individual taxpayers also would be affected, and a tax break for buying long-term care insurance would be scrapped.

The money would offset tax credits for lower-income workers and people with disabilities.

Several Republicans say they object to marrying tax hikes with tax credits in a single bill. The move allows tax increases to pass without a supermajority.

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