By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Oregon is in a banning mood.
The City of Bend this week is considering banning pet stores from selling cats, dogs and rabbits. Oddly, there is no store in Bend that actually sells cats, dogs and rabbits, so this ban would stop any store in the future from considering it. Such a ban could have the unintended consequence of reducing oversight of known sellers, while driving up the price of private sellers in the private unregulated market.
The City of Eugene has been debating banning natural gas from being installed in most new homes being constructed. Expect energy prices to go higher.
Portland is debating banning the sale of diesel fuel in fueling stations and instead mandate that they sell diesel fuel made by vegetable oil and animal fat. Portland would be the first city in the nation to do so. Previously, Portland banned sparklers and fireworks to combat climate change.
These bans reflect that Oregon is out of ideas … and that a handful of people are obsessed with abolition and banning their way to a new paradise.
— Don’t forget last year when the politicians tried to ban bacon from hospitals and hospices.