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Legislative Panel Discussing Oregon Sales Tax Measure

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SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Legislature is looking at a sales tax as part of a proposal to overhaul Oregon's taxation system.
    
On Monday, the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee discussed a resolution asking voters to create a 5 percent tax on goods and services. A sales tax would be accompanied by a cut in income taxes and other revenue.
    
Oregon voters have rejected sales taxes nine times.
    
Proponents say they're just starting a discussion and don't expect the measure to pass this year.
    
State government is funded largely by personal income tax revenue, which rises and falls sharply with the economy. Supporters say a sales tax would make the system more stable.
    
Some critics say Oregonians already pay too much in taxes. Others say a sales tax would harm low-income taxpayers.

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