This November, Oregonians will vote on Measure 103, a state constitutional amendment barring taxes on food and nonalcoholic beverages. 

This November, Oregonians will vote on Measure 103, a state constitutional amendment barring taxes on food and nonalcoholic beverages. 

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  • Measure 103 would amend the Oregon Constitution to bar new taxes on grocery sales. That would include taxes on sodas and other sugary drinks that some public health groups have advocated for. If passed, the measure could also affect the ability to enact a gross receipts tax in Oregon. Opponents and proponents of Measure 103 disagree about whether or not it would prohibit taxes on restaurant meals. We hear from Joe Gilliam, Northwest Grocery Association president and spokesperson for the Yes Keep Our Groceries Tax-Free campaign and Becca Uherbelau, the executive director of Our Oregon and campaign director for Defend Oregon, the No On 103 campaign.
  • Science writer and Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell says the threat of climate change is greatest from rising ocean waters. But the rate of the encroaching tides isn’t fast enough for our human brains to wrap themselves around as an urgent threat. Gooddell is delivering a Portland lecture Thursday night to share what he learned in writing his acclaimed 2017 book, “The Water Will Come” and what can be done to head off environmental catastrophe.

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