Oregon voters said no to an initiative that would have overhauled the state’s tax system. Measure 103 would have prohibited most new taxes on grocers and banned soda taxes anywhere in the state.
Measure 103 backers pitched it as a ban on taxing food, but the real focus was on a complete ban on soda taxes. Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire and former mayor of New York, gave $2.1 million to the campaign against Measure 103. He’s an advocate for taxing soda as a means to improving public health.