Democrats have a proposal to do just that. Oregonians may have rejected it nine times, but lawmakers aren’t giving up on a sales tax. Instead, a 5 percent sales tax is part of a proposal lawmakers are using to build a blueprint for tax reform. The proposal, shared with The Oregonian by Sen. Mark Hass, also projects that its reforms would create 55,405 new jobs and raise $488 million a year in net tax revenue. Rep. Vicki Berger, R-Salem, said she’s doubtful that voters will want to talk sales tax any time soon.”I think it is a very difficult conversation with the voters,” Berger said.”Particularly at Christmas time when they’re all enjoying shopping at our outlet malls, which have no sales tax, and we’re celebrating this big influx of outside money that would dry up if we had sales tax.”…rpt-2


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