Oregon Lawmakers’ Multimillion-Dollar Transportation Dream Meets Reality: How To Pay For It?

Weeks before lawmakers return to the Capitol for what’s shaping up as a difficult 2017 session, one of their signature goals is facing serious challenges. A special committee that toured the state for months to craft plans for shoring up Oregon’s transportation system has yet to agree on what a multimillion-dollar proposal should look like. They don’t know which projects it will include. They can’t say how those projects will be financed. They also aren’t sure they can guarantee state officials will spend the money wisely. Instead, they’re waiting for an audit that will tell them whether the Oregon Department of Transportation can manage a larger budget.

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