Portland, Oregon, homeless tax tests voter mood in pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Voters in the three-county Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region will be asked Tuesday to approve income and business taxes that would raise $2.5 billion over 10 years to pay for homeless services. Plans for a ballot measure were in the works long before the coronavirus pandemic. Proponents argue the taxes on the region’s wealthiest residents and biggest businesses are needed more than ever because of a growing homeless population. How voters react amid the worst recession in generations will be instructive for other liberal West Coast cities that are struggling to address social problems as alternative sources of revenue dry up.