SALEM, Ore. (AP) — House Speaker Tina Kotek is introducing a plan to halve cut the annual tax rebate Oregon residents receive.

The Portland Democrat announced the idea Thursday, the day after state economists revealed that the "kicker" tax rebate could be the largest in state history.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a bill Kotek introduced Thursday morning roughly half of the estimated $1.4 billion tax rebate would be kept by the state and spent on a set of transportation initiatives the speaker argues will benefit public safety, air quality, and job creation.

The proposal has few precedents — the personal income tax kicker has only been redirected once, as lawmakers grappled with a budget shortfall in 1991. And it's not an easy task to accomplish. In order for her bill to pass, Kotek needs two-thirds support in both the House and Senate.

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