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Oregon Republicans try to change ‘hidden sales tax’ in Legislature

SALEM, Oregon — Efforts by Republicans in the Oregon Legislature to amend the gross receipts tax bill being put forward by Democrats failed this week. Republicans call gross receipts tax a “hidden sales tax.”

The tax will apply to all businesses in Oregon recording incomes of more than $1 million per year. However, those taxes won’t be seen on a receipt when you buy something, which is why Republicans gave it the nickname.

Republicans tried to pass a measure out of committee which would have exempted certain essential items from the tax, including: baby care products, feminine hygiene products, soap, over-the-counter medications, and toilet paper.

The Democrats, who hold a super majority, defeated the bill.

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