PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A coalition of grocers says they're dropping their November ballot proposal that would have allowed grocery stores throughout Oregon to stock their shelves with liquor.
The Northwest Grocery Association says it's shifting its focus and resources on defeating another ballot proposal, Initiative Petition 28, that would impose a massive tax hike on big corporations.
The tax hike proposal would raise an additional $2.5 billion a year from Oregon's largest businesses. It is the most controversial proposal heading to Oregonians this fall. Labor unions backing the tax proposal are still gathering signatures.
Grocers say they'll tackle the liquor privatization issue again within the next year.