Public employee unions euphemistically calling themselves "Our Oregon" (although it translates into "their Oregon") are pushing Initiative Petition 28, which would tax those mean, nasty businesses on their gross receipts and force them to "pay their fair share". Note: not a tax on profits, but on gross receipts of $25 million. It'll raise prices, but they claim it wouldn't cost you a dime. You know, I know, and they know that's an outright lie. It would also kill jobs, but as long as public employee unions have theirs - who cares?
How much does it cost to run a bakery? You have to buy equipment and supplies, hire staff, pay for the building and utilities. And while you might have "gross receipts" of $25 million, your actual profit is nowhere near that. Ovens cost money to acquire and run, and mixing machines and other equipment don't come cheap. Staffing is a huge cost as well, especially since you now have to provide paid time off and health insurance, in addition to paying a huge increase in minimum wage when the Democratics put that into place.
The initiative has its roots in a Kitzhaber-led push to tackle the belief, widespread in Salem, that the money flowing into state government has not kept up with demands for government services.
Therein lies the problem: of course it's a widespread belief in Salem. That's because they fail to recognize that the only demands most people in the real world have do not involve government "services"; rather, most of us would prefer to see government stop wasting our money and cease their ongoing efforts to relieve us of the contents of our wallets.
They believe that the only important jobs in the state are theirs - regardless of how poorly they perform them.