The American Association of University Women and Clatsop Community College will sponsor a forum in Astoria Jan. 14 regarding Oregon Ballot Measures 66 and 67.

The forum will feature speakers who support and oppose the proposed new tax-related laws.

According to a press release, speaking in favor of these measures will be Steve Novick, former candidate for the United States Senate. Speaking against the proposals will be a representative from the group "Oregonians Against Job Killing Taxes."

Speakers will give an opening statement and answer questions submitted by the audience.

Measure 66 provides for an income tax increase on incomes over $250,000 for households and $125,000 for individual filers.

Measure 67 raises the current $10 annual corporate minimum tax established in 1931 to $150. Sole proprietors are not subject to the minimum tax. This measure also raises the tax rate some corporations pay on profits by a little over 1 percent and increases certain business filing fees.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 12th and Franklin streets in Astoria.

In February, the Lower Columbia Human Resources Management Association will host speaker Devra Hermillosa from Bullard Law in Portland, Ore.

Hermillosa's topic will be "Real Life Tips HR Can Use to (Try to) Avoid Litigation."

This program, based on real life case studies, will offer realistic and practical tips for business owners and HR managers to avoid employee lawsuits - or put businesses in a stronger legal position if they do get sued.

The event will be held Feb. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Baked Alaska Restaurant, #1 12th Street, Astoria. Cost is $18 and includes lunch. Please register in advance at or call (503) 338-2450.

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