Mark the day: On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, a chamber of the Oregon Legislature voted to approve a bill that pays for critical upgrades to the state’s transportation infrastructure.
The House of Representatives approved, on a 39-20 vote, House Bill 2017, which raises taxes and fees to fund the work. The vote was sufficient to hurdle the three-fifths “supermajority” required for tax increases. The bill quickly won approval, as expected, Thursday in the Senate and now moves to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.