HB 4079 Sales tax to fund debit card for low-income

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.

Fiscal Responsibility
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.

Limited Government
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.

Local Control
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.


  1. Linda fravel says:

    Sick of all the give aways for the people attracted by this state for the free ride with legalized drugs, illegals, larger snap benefits, and benefits that last longer than most states. We are the 4th (maybe third now) most taxed state already and not even in the top 20 wealthiest states. The public has voted down sales taxes multiple times and yet here we are again. No sales tax!

  2. George says:

    Sounds like a Scam. If I quit my Job, can I have free money too?

  3. David Klaus says:

    This is nothing more than a vote buying scam by the Democrats to redistribute the wealth of hard working Oregonians. Among the items to be taxed? Firearms. Guess they’re trying to kill two birds with one stone. This will be on top of the CAT tax already in place and will continue to destroy the liability of our state. Be sure to let your legislators know that this is UNACCEPTABLE!



    NO to Sales Tax once again. Please get the picture Oregon doesn’t want sales tax. NO to more give aways. We are running out of room to put all those coming for your incentives. Our founders knew this was not the way to go. Work first.

  5. Christopher A Noel says:

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