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Oregonian Progressives Finally Complain about a Tax Hike

Written by Joe Scudder

Taxing the beloved bicycles of Oregonian progressives is making them realize that taxes are painful.

Many people probably think Oregonian progressives love taxes. Indeed, Oregonian progressives probably thought so too. But when taxes are levied on an aspect of their lives that is important to them, Oregonian progressives get positively Reaganesque about them. And Oregonians love their bicycles. So, for the first time in memory, we get to see Liberals complain about a Liberal mayor instituting Liberal policies.

It is wonderful!

The Washington Times reports, “First bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.

Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”

“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.


Two-wheelers are a big deal in Oregon: Portland was ranked the third-most bike-friendly city in 2016 by Bicycling magazine, citing the 7.2 percent of residents who commute by bicycle.

Read the rest of the Washington Times story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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