THE BULLETIN EDITORIAL: Keep Groceries Tax Free

Food sold at the grocery store is not taxed in Oregon. And grocers have done Oregonians a favor by taking the first step to put an initiative on the ballot to keep it that way.

The proposal aimed for the November 2018 ballot would keep groceries tax-free. It would include raw food and prepared food. Alcoholic beverages, marijuana products or tobacco products could be taxed.

The proposal isn’t just about banning a sales tax on food. It includes bans on “a gross receipts tax, commercial activity tax, value-added tax, excise tax, privilege tax, and any other similar tax on the sale of groceries.” There’s more information at www.yeskeepourgroceriestaxfree.com.

Who’s behind this? The Northwest Grocery Association. The website is registered to Silver Bullet LLC, an Arizona consulting firm that specializes in ballot initiatives.

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