Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Garagiola Proposes Commission on Transportation Funding

Senator Rob Garagiola (D-15) is reviving a good idea that did not make it through the General Assembly last year: a commission to examine transportation revenues. Yes, we know that commissions by themselves do not fix problems. But transportation funding is a BIG problem with a solution that many politicians just don't want to talk about: new revenues. Last year, the State of Oregon passed a $300 million per year transportation funding bill after its Governor crusaded for it on the basis of job creation and a commission built widespread support for it. Garagiola's bill, which has many Republican co-sponsors, is a step towards getting serious about transportation.

We reprint Garagiola's press release below.