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Oregon Privatization Supporters Abandon 2014 Push

June 6, 2014

Backers of a campaign to privatize spirits sales in Oregon have halted their efforts toward a ballot initiative for this year, citing a lack of time to gather signatures on their preferred petition before the July 3 deadline.

Proponents of privatization raised two separate petitions toward their goal, but the Oregon Supreme Court approved wording and authorized the gathering of signatures on only one of them, the less desirable of the two for the privatization camp. (Among other concerns, privatization supporters sought to strike the word “tax” from the ballot initiative language—referring to a proposed levy on wholesaler to retailer sales included in the privatization measure—without success.)

Privatization coalition Oregonians For Competition says that, given the time constraints involved, its members would prefer to wait and renew their efforts during the 2015 legislative session and, if necessary, with another ballot initiative push in 2016.

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