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ICYMI: Buehler running from BETC scandal, admits he should have disclosed tax break earlier

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:00

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Republican Knute Buehler is backpedaling on his taxes, but he still won’t release his full return

More and more Oregonians are wondering why Republican Knute Buehler won’t release his full tax return.

Earlier this week two former Oregon Governors called on Buehler to release his full tax return following revelations in the East Oregonian that Buehler slammed the Business Energy Tax Credit as a waste of money, while not disclosing that he himself benefited from the tax break.

 

Elon Glucklich wrote in the Register-Guard Wednesday about Buehler’s shifting stance on his BETC tax break:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler defended himself Tuesday against critics who’ve called him a hypocrite for blasting a state energy tax credit program without disclosing he’d previously invested $100,000 in it.

But he [Buehler] also addressed criticism leveled by Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election campaign over recent revelations that Buehler and his wife invested in the defunct Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit program more than a decade ago.

In recent years, Buehler has held up the program as an example of government waste, but he hadn’t mentioned that he once took part in it.

“I think it was a bad program, no matter if I bought it or not,” Buehler said. “In retrospect, I should have disclosed it. I would have been happy to do so, there’s nothing hiding there. They were purchased legally, and I used them like they were designed."

 

"Buehler is changing his tune now that his tax break is public,” said Christian Gaston, communications director for Gov. Brown’s campaign. “It’s time he come clean with the other tax breaks he’s been taking by making his full tax returns public.”

 

The Register-Guard wrote about another burgeoning controversy Buehler has found himself stuck in, this one regarding his stance on vaccines:

Buehler also took on criticism from medical organizations for comments he made about vaccinations at a debate with Brown last week. Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon, said he supports vaccinating children but said parents should be able to opt out of vaccinations.

The comment drew condemnation from leaders of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Oregon Pediatric Society, which released statements Monday calling for Buehler to reverse his position.