When it comes to taxes, everybody knows that sales taxes cost the poor and middle class more, in terms of their total income, than it costs the wealthy. Likewise, everybody knows that a graduated income tax is supposed to take a smaller piece of a poor or middle class family’s budget, than it takes from the wealthy.
Okay. Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax. And it’s not likely to for the foreseeable future. And so some are making the claim that because Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax, it puts them in the running as having a better tax system than most other states because of the way it spreads the state’s tax responsibilities.
Here’s Jeff Mapes’ take on it in the Oregonian. Click here.