I am in the thick of the end of the term and final grading, but I wanted to mention the recent statement of Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales on being open to supporting a sales tax in order to provide more stable funding for education in our state. With most of education funding coming from highly volatile income tax, we are in need of stronger solutions for stable (and equitable) funding for schools. What do you think about Hales’s statement? And Jefferson Smith’s agreement on some level? Will these opinions be influential to future changes to Oregon tax structure? And why do you think these comments come at this particular moment in time?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!