"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

A tax that floats

We have suspected that the idea of putting a cigarette tax increase (the money going toward a statewide child health program) on the Oregon ballot probably would be a winner. Apparently, that’s better than a mere suspicion.

Loaded Orygun has a detailed post on polling that covers just this subject; it is highly recommended reading. With some caveats noted, the bottom line seems to be: Support for such a measure seems to outweigh opposition by about two to one.

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  1. Now how could that happen? You mean 2/3 would pass a tax that only affects 1/4 for the benefit of all Oregonian’s children?

    Yes, this was brought forward in this manner because it could be done, not because there was anything like evenhandedness in it.

    I’d vote for this as an across the board tax, this way? Nope. And I’ll work against it in the basis of fairness, same as I always do.

    February 26, 2007

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