Died in Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2022R1/Measures/Overview/HB4079
stablishes a 3% sales tax to fund $750 monthly debit cards to the homeless and people under the poverty level. The sales tax would hit targeted items like electronic goods, computers, cell-phones, handbags, jewelry, hunting rifles and even clothing, in an undefined amount. Requires a 60% vote.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
There is discussion in the Capitol that this sales tax would be shifted from homeless and poor to just micro-targeted people like pregnant women and foster homes. Once passed with 60% vote it only takes 50% to raise the tax or expand what it covers, which is the full intent of making it low to pass it.
Establishes Oregon Freedom Pilot Program Fund and continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Department of Human Services for purpose of implementing Oregon Freedom Pilot Program. Provides for general administration, collection and enforcement of taxes by Department of Revenue. Raising new taxes before removing special corporate welfare afforded to large companies if overtaxing one group of businesses while lavishing tax breaks to another is unfair.
Oregon State Government is already the 4th fattest and 4th biggest state spending state government in America as measured by per-person spending. This is on top of the billion surplus they stashed into a slush fund last year that could be used.
Offering monthly $750 debit cards to people (homeless, pregnant, etc), will attract people from out of state, just like other welfare benefits have done. The Atlantic Magazine called Oregon a “Welfare Utopia”. We are famous nationwide for our welfare benefits. This is overwhelming our our social services, charities, and local governments, and is forcing government to raise taxes even higher.