Oregonians will be asked to vote this fall on a constitutional amendment that would prevent the Legislature from taxing the sale or distribution of food. It’s a no-nonsense approach to help hold food costs down in this state.
You’re likely to hear it is far more nefarious than that in the months ahead. Opponents of the measure are already casting it as an unprecedented major tax break for large corporations, even as they cry that it will unravel Oregon’s bottle deposit law (if only!). Don’t buy it.
The measure does not apply to taxes on alcoholic beverages, marijuana products or tobacco products. It does apply to “raw or processed” foods, both in groceries, and, presumably, restaurants.