Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2122
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HREV/Overview
This bill will define “groceries” for future tax purposes.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
By allowing a grocery tax, government is affecting the well-being and financial security of Oregon’s citizens, especially low income.
A sales tax on groceries will grow Oregon’s government by the addition of new agencies to monitor a program of taxation.
There is no function of this tax that will improve society, it will only remove money from the pockets of citizens making them poorer. Most states exclude food from sales taxes as a necessity for life. Taxation of food banks is taxation upon donations to feed the homeless. Taxing farmers’ markets and prepackaged foods that go towards school lunches will increase the cost of school lunch programs.
Taxing in local governments takes a vote of the people. A statewide piecemeal sales tax, it would take two-thirds vote by the legislature without referring the bill to a vote of the people.