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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nanny job growth predicted

Who's your nanny? 

Portland is following SF and Seattle in a race to see who can be more progressive.  California leads the way, but the Number 2 spot is up for grabs as Seattle and Portland duke it out with stupid, nanny state laws and other oppressive ideas.

The state should not be punishing people for what they eat or drink.  Education about healthy alternatives is always better than coercion.

I foresee taxes on sugar (making jam and apple pie will be more expensive), cookies and cake (what about cake mixes, and gluten-free desserts?), candy, cereal, all products with high fructose corn syrup - and to be fair, alternative sweeteners like honey, stevia, etc.  It's a bitter world out there.

Where do these ideas come from?  Read the article - these are national campaigns (thank Michael Bloomberg) designed to snuff out whatever activity some group deems necessary - for our own good of course.  Because they know better how we should live. Progressive strongholds now, and then ?

Portland Tribune, June 22, 2017. By Nick Budnick
Tax on sweet drinks headed for ballot
Money could benefit health but could hurt businesses, but battle lines drawn over controversial proposal

A judge's ruling last week will trigger what's expected to be a record-setting ballot measure campaign, as Portland becomes the latest city to consider a proposed tax on sugary beverages. 
On June 15, Multnomah Circuit Judge Adrienne Nelson approved the ballot title sought by proponents of a countywide measure that would tax soda and other beverages 1.5 cents per ounce, or 18 cents for a 12-ounce can. That means the campaign can begin in earnest.
Despite supportive early polls, proponents are doing extra polling to keep "tabs on how thing are looking with this rather abnormal legislative session that we are still in the middle of," said Christina Bodamer of the American Heart Association's Oregon chapter, which is spearheading the campaign. "We don't have our poll back yet on what may or may not hurt us, so we're looking forward to getting more information." 
She said the new revenue would mean "fantastic benefits" in combating childhood obesity and improving health. 
Jack Evans, a spokesman who is working with the campaign against the tax, called Move Forward Multnomah, declined to say what their fundraising goal is. But he said, "We stand with small business owners and working families in Multnomah County who would be harmed by this tax." 
Move Forward Multnomah's website describes itself as "a coalition of concerned citizens, businesses and community organizations actively opposing new taxes on everyday items like juice drinks, sodas, teas, sports drinks, energy drinks, coffee drinks, and even kombucha."

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