Let’s hope word of this doesn’t leak out. Voters in Ashland, OR, last week renewed a five percent tax on restaurant meals due to expire next year. That’s right, a city in Oregon, the state famous nationwide for having absolutely no sales tax whatsoever, has again singled out restaurants to be the lone exception to the state’s otherwise-uniform sales tax policy. How come operators are the only ones whose businesses are forced to contribute to the common good? Last Tuesday’s election saw ...

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