Portland, Oregon, homeless tax wins handily amid virus woes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A measure to tax the wealthiest residents and the biggest businesses in Portland, Oregon, to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address homelessness sailed to victory, even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high unemployment due to the coronavirus. Nearly 60% of voters in the three counties that make up the greater Portland region approved the tax Tuesday amid the greatest economic turmoil in years, a sign of just how intractable the homeless problem has become in the region. The measure was backed by powerful business leaders, many elected officials and some of Portland’s biggest institutions, including the NBA’s Trail Blazers.