Will be interesting to see if OR follows WA and CO with the pot issue. My expectation is they will. I have mentioned this before, but OR usually follows WA with almost all issues. The liquor privatization did not make the ballot, but I will bet OR will follow WA within 2-3 years.
You can take this back all the way to the state lottery, and the change in license plates, which mirrored WA in the late 80's. However, OR refuses to add a state sales tax, so that remains an important division, though, I still say Oregon could gain a lot with a balanced sales/income tax mainly due to those hundreds of thousands who travel through. This is total lost revenue from travelers through the state. Add a moderate sales tax, and reduce the income tax, and I still say OR will come out ahead.
Posted on November 3, 2014 - 10:04 PM