Editor's Note: On February 6, we asked BlueOregon readers to suggest progressive ideas that the next Oregon Legislature should enact. Over the next several weeks, we'll post some of these ideas here - and ask you to discuss them. Good idea? Bad idea? Any suggestions?
A young man I knew who ran a food court in a retail space had a great tax reform idea. He was very big on healthy eating and believed a restaurant tax would be a great idea. "Hard to believe any of my customers would complain about 5 cents more for a hot dog, and if they are low income they should cook at home--more nutritious, less costly".
And from Garlynn:
Portland's school system is asking the City to bail them out and kick in some cash to help with their budget shortfall. How about the good ole' City of Portland following in progressive Ashland's footsteps, and instituting a restaurant tax citywide? This could flow to the general fund (no need to tie the hands of the City Council unnecessarily), but part of the deal could be that the city kicks in some permanent funding for the school system, and it uses this additional revenue to keep the permament school cash from having an impact on other city services.
[If you have your own original progressive idea to propose, do it here: "There oughta be a law."]