Opponents react: Kate Brown's support of Measure 97 'worst kept secret in Oregon' Portland Business Journal - August 4, 2016 Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday broke her silence on whether she supported a controversial ballot measure that will tax Oregon's biggest revenue-generating companies, calling it a necessary initiative to stabilize the state's revenue base. But critics of the measure say Brown's support of Measure 97 wasn't a surprise at all. “Gov. Brown’s support of Measure 97 was the worst kept secret in Salem," House Republican Leader Mike McLane of Powell Butte said Thursday in a prepared statement. "Today, she apparently decided it was time to come clean with Oregon voters. Now let’s see how many other Democratic candidates are going to be honest with voters about their support for the largest tax increase in Oregon history.” Read more about Opponents react: Kate Brown's support of Measure 97 'worst kept secret in Oregon'