Check for yourself: Corporate taxes don’t drive consumer prices

We’ve heard a lot from big corporations trying to scare consumers into believing that even though Measure 97 only taxes large and out-of-state corporations, prices for consumers, not corporations, will go up once Measure 97 passes. It’s hardly surprising that big business is turning to the same old corporate playbook of bogus economic numbers and scare tactics that they always use, but their claims just aren’t true.

How can you be sure? Well, you can check for yourself.

Studies show that national chains use national pricing for consumers. It doesn’t matter what a state’s corporate taxes are — prices are the same across the country. Don’t believe it? Take our DIY pricing survey and see.

The national retailers we’re asking to pay their fair share show their prices by location online. We’ve prepared a simple step-by-step guide to comparing prices of common household items across the country — all you need is an internet connection. What you’ll find by researching prices online is that even though taxes are much higher in, say, North Dakota, the price of a box of Cheerios at a Wal-Mart there is the same as the price of a box of Cheerios at a Wal-Mart here in Oregon. Different taxes, same prices.

You don’t need an economics degree to figure out that even though states have wildly different taxes, the prices consumers pay at the register are the same. We hope you’ll take our pricing challenge and see for yourself. Once you’ve finished, share your results on Twitter with #yeson97!

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