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Tax Boosts to Aid K-12 Up for Vote in Several States

It’s time for the rich to start paying their fair share of education costs, teachers’ unions in Oregon and Maine say—and they have some targets in mind, if voters go along.

The driving factor: For the past few years, hundreds of paper and timber mills in the heavily forested states have shuttered, state tax revenue has dipped, and school districts have suffered a series of debilitating budget cuts.

After several frustrating years of wrestling with legislators to boost K-12 revenue, the unions are taking two carefully worded tax initiatives directly to those states’ voters this fall.