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Oregon’s tobacco taxes to go up – if voters say so

A proposed tobacco tax hike that was dormant for months was suddenly revived Thursday.

Lawmakers were able to amend it to a more palatable version, with the main change being that it will go to the voters.

House Bill 2270 passed out of the House Committee on Revenue Thursday morning after a work session was scheduled the night before. It now goes to the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures before getting a floor vote.

Republicans are largely opposed to the idea, and the tobacco lobby has worked hard against it.

If it goes to the ballot, voters can approve it with a simple majority.

The tax is high on the agenda for Democrats, as the revenue would . . .