From higher gas taxes to more bottles redeemable for a deposit, here are some highlights of new laws that take effect on New Year’s Day in Oregon.EO Media GroupOregon’s gas tax goes up to 34 cents a gallon Jan. 1, a hike of 4 cents. The tax increase is part of a host of laws that take effect with the start of 2018. Buy this photo –>
The Oregon Legislature passed about 750 bills in 2017, many of which take effect Jan. 1. Here are some highlights of new laws that Oregonians may notice in the New Year:
Oregon lawmakers approved a package of new taxes and fee increases designed to fund a $5.3 billion in transportation projects over the next several years.
The one Oregonians may feel most is a hike in the gas tax, up 4 cents to 34 cents per gallon. Employees will see a new payroll tax deduction on their paychecks of 0.1 percent. Oregon also will debuts the nation’s first bicycle tax.
New bicycles sales will be taxed a flat rate of $15, when the bicycle has a wheel diameter of 26 inches or more and a price of $200 or greater. New vehicle sales will be taxed 0.5 percent. Car registration fees will rise by $13 to $43 and title fees by $16 to $93.
21 to buy tobacco
Oregon will become the fifth state to increase the age to legally buy tobacco and vaping products to 21. The law imposes harsh penalties for clerks and store owners who violate the law.
Smoking-related diseases are a leading cause of death of Oregonians, and advocates say the new law will reduce the number of…
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