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Republican lawmaker wants exemptions from school tax

Many Republicans argue the tax will get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Shelly Boshart DavisAfter the House passed a new tax to fund education, State Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis, R-Albany, filed draft legislation that she claimed Thursday would exempt certain items necessary for hygiene and daily life from the new tax.

The tax proposal the House passed will affect businesses with annual Oregon sales above $1 million. Gas and groceries are exempted under the legislation the House passed Wednesday.

The legislation also allows those businesses to deduct some labor or production costs.

Many Republicans argue the tax will get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Boshart Davis said in a news release she wanted to exempt certain basic necessities, like soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes and tampons from being affected by the tax.

"If you're the parent of a newborn, you don't get to choose if your baby is going to wear diapers," Boshart Davis said in a prepared statement. "You don't get to choose if your child spikes a fever and needs baby Tylenol. As a woman, I don't get to choose if I have a period. A veteran with a PTSI service animal needs to buy dog food. A senior who has lost their hearing is forced to pay cash for hearing aids because they aren't covered by Medicare. These types of items are necessary to live, and they shouldn't be subject to taxation."