Oregon is not only just one of five states without a sales tax, it's also the state where not having a sales tax is a cultural value. It's a surprise, then, to hear two gubernatorial candidates suggest that it might be time. First came Ben Westlund:
It’s no secret that I have supported a sales tax in the past and that’s true…
And on Monday, Governor Kulongoski "theoretically" suggested it:
We need to have a tax system that provides stability over the long term, which would include, in my opinion, a substantial reduction in the income tax and looking at a consumption tax of some kind.
The state currently receives 90% of its general budget from an income tax--a prescription for instability. One solution is join 45 other states by implementing a sales tax. Is it time?