Here’s the Salem, Oregon, Statesman‐Journal’s lead on an election story today:
Oregon’s working poor will have to wait a while longer to get health‐care coverage for their children.
Voters easily defeated Measure 50, a plan to raise tobacco taxes to provide universal health care for children after a record‐shattering negative ad campaign financed by cigarette companies.
Gee, ya think this journalist supports the tax?
You have to read down to paragraph 11 to find out that it was a massive 85‐cent‐per‐pack increase.
And you’d have to switch to the Oregonian to find a comment from an anti‐tax organizer:
Opponents downplayed the amount of money they spent to defeat the measure, saying voters didn’t like sticking a tax in the constitution and weren’t convinced bureaucrats needed the money.
“The primary reason is there’s not an appetite out there for more taxes,” said Russ Walker, Oregon director of the anti‐tax group FreedomWorks.