Ballot Measure 103 does two things. First, it makes it impossible for a sales tax on food stuff groceries. Which I really agree with. However, as a rule Oregon has no sales tax on anything except those items specifically identified and approved by the people via ballot measure. So why would the legislature put this on the ballot?

Should we vote to approve Measure 103, we would set a precedent whereby the people would have to identify all items that we don’t want a sales tax on. Not the other way around, as it is now. Essentially, we would be allowing a sales taxes voted on by the legislature on everything not specifically identified as exempt. Where would the legislature stop?

We have repeatedly denied giving this power to the legislature. They try for a sales-tax power grab every year or two. If the ballot measure was worded differently (i.e. “There will be no sales tax placed on anything not specifically approved by the people via ballot measure.”), then I would be fully behind it. As Measure 103 is currently written I say "No way!"

Benjamin Willis


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