Sales tax for health care?

A new sales tax being proposed could pay for health coverage for every Oregonian.

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While its success of passing in this session is unlikely, a new sales tax is being put before the Legislature that would pay for health coverage for every Oregonian.

Oregon is in a unique position: Since it currently has no sales tax, it would be one of few states that could have a sales tax dedicated to health care.

John DiLorenzo, a Portland lawyer who lobbies on behalf of business clients, told lawmakers Tuesday that a sales tax earmarked for health care would offer savings for businesses and state government.

Employers would no longer be expected to pay health care premiums for their employees. That would boost Oregon’s economy, drawing hundreds of new employers to the state and increasing employment and income taxes, he said.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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