Tag Archives: Transportation Package

Editorial: Renters’ bill is blocked in Legislature 

Compromises helped pave the way for legislative action this session on bills regarding workplace scheduling and pay equity. But another big piece of this year’s Democratic agenda — strengthening protections for renters — fell by the wayside in the final days of the session. It was a stinging defeat for Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, who […]
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2017 Oregon Legislature: Session produced good things for rural Oregon — Guest Opinion

On Friday, July 7, the gavel came down one last time to signal the end of Oregon’s 2017 legislative session. It was the final moment of a packed, productive, sometimes disappointing and occasionally contentious five months in the Capitol. From the first day of the session, much of our discussion, sometimes heated, centered around our […]
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Inching toward a win: Editorial | OregonLive.com

While the 79th Oregon Legislative session left much to be desired, lawmakers should be commended for their work to complete a difficult transportation package that has the potential to improve Oregonians’ lives and livelihoods in every corner of the state. The work was done right from the beginning. Democrats and Republicans toured Oregon together for several months, […]
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‘Punting’ and moving: Legislators talk 2017 session

A turbulent session for the Oregon Legislature wrapped up July 7, resulting in a new transportation package as well as a flurry of bills — some successful, some not — from policymakers representing Hood River. Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Rep. Mark Johnson talked to the Hood River News this week, reflecting on the 2017 legislative […]
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Oregon road bill gives Bend millions

$50 million earmarked for US 97/Cooley Road. Bend will receive $50 million to improve the U.S. Highway 97/Cooley Road intersection and $10 million for road maintenance during the next 10 years under the contentious transportation bill passed by the Oregon Legislature at the end of its session. The bill, which Gov. Kate Brown is expected […]
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Our View: Transportation bill a major accomplishment – Opinion

The 2017 session of the Oregon Legislature failed to accomplish some of its top goals — reforming the business tax structure and getting a real handle on growing costs were among them — but lawmakers did manage to pass a major transportation funding bill, and that’s good news for Southern Oregon as well as the […]
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Our view: When a principled politician hurts their district – Editorials

Greg Smith and Greg Barreto are both representatives in the Oregon House. They occupy neighboring districts and are both Republicans. They even share a first name. But the similarities end there when it comes to their work on the massive Oregon transportation plan that passed the Legislature this session — the major piece of legislation […]
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The long-shot Oregon climate change policy that has a shot in 2018 | Subscriber Content

How the recently passed transportation package could result in Oregon becoming only the second state with economy-wide cap and trade. SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: State of Oregon Employees, please contact the State Library for access to this subscriber content story from the Portland Business Journal. library.help@state.or.us , 503-378-8800. Source: Cap and trade backers vow big 2018 push […]
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People Priced to the Edge of Portland Are Now Facing the Expensive Prospect of Tolls

This is Oregon’s first foray into congestion pricing—but the debate about how tolls impact working-class people is long and inconclusive. Karin Power moved to Milwaukie five years ago when the rent in Southeast Portland got too high. Since then, her political career has taken off: She was elected to the Milwaukie City Council, then to […]
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Youth prison to close in new state budget

County hopes site becomes new jail. Clatsop County will lose the North Coast Youth Correctional Facility but could gain a new county jail. The Warrenton facility was not in the state’s two-year budget adopted last week. Source: Youth prison to close in new state budget – Local News – The Daily Astorian