Here in Portland, the City Council is proposing a street fee in the form of a local income tax. I started adding up some of the fundamental problems I saw with the proposal, and wrote an op-ed for The Oregonian, “Eight Problems With Portland’s Proposed Street Tax.”
The phrase, “the wheels have been greased on this train,” has been used to describe the politics surrounding the proposed tax. We’ll see what happens when the City Council votes on its proposal later in December. A fierce petition campaign to refer this outrageous tax to the electorate may be in the offing.