According to a new poll from Hoffman Research, the gross receipts tax measure being pushed by public employee unions and their Democrat stooges in Oregon is losing traction among voters as they discover that it's a sales tax on steroids that will ultimately cost each Oregon resident an additional $600 or more per year in higher costs for energy, food, medicine, health care, fuel, and everything else that they purchase as corporations pass the tax through to consumers. Touted in union-speak as a way to force corporations to "pay their fair share" as they lie through their teeth and claim that all revenue derived from their tax would be required to go to education (It's For The Children™), health care, and senior services, they know full well that all of the money - if the measure passed - would go to their public employee retirement system in addition to funding thousands of new public employee union positions while killing off an estimated 18,000 private-sector jobs.
If passed, any revenue goes into the general fund, and legislators are free to spend it any way they want.
Previous polls taken for Measure 97 have shown a lead among Oregon voters. It would hike taxes on corporations in the state with annual sales of more than $25 million. Nashif says forcing large corporations to pay more is an appealing concept, particularly since money is supposed to be directed toward schools, health care and senior services. But the Hoffman Research poll finds that 47 percent of voters are opposed to the tax measure and 41 percent are in favor.
“It almost comes across as a sales tax, and as you know, Oregonians don’t like sales taxes,” Nashif said.
Opposition is particularly high among Republicans and a plurality of independent voters are also opposed. Older voters are also much more likely to be opposed.
It doesn't "come across as a sales tax", it is a sales tax - and the most regressive kind imaginable: there would be no exemptions for basic necessities, so it would strike the poor and seniors on fixed incomes hardest. But the public employee unions and Democratics don't care about that, because they won't be affected.
They know that when the costs start climbing, the unions and state bureaucrats will "negotiate" compensation increases for public employees to compensate for the increased prices of goods and services. And since the bureaucrats and Democrat office holders are public employees as well, their compensation will likewise increase. It's a win-win for them; a rising tide floats all boats.
Except those that have had holes drilled into them.