"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

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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