Supporters say the tax is a form of racial justice.
Both the Portland Business Alliance and Oregon Business & Industry want clarity around what businesses are “essential.”
That comes after Metro weighed a smaller measure earlier this week with a $40 million miscalculation.
The idea wouldn’t be headed to voters without the aid of the Portland Business Alliance.
PBA has been key to pushing Metro to refer the measure. Now they’re pushing for a change in who and what is taxed.
Local officials and advocates are already throwing elbows over which tax measures should take precedence.