Transpo bill passes

The Oregon House approves $300 million for roads and repairs.

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A massive transportation bill is one step closer to becoming law. On Wednesday the Oregon House passed a bill earmarking $300 million per year for transportation and specific highway projects. The bill now goes to the Senate.

A 38-22 vote Wednesday by the Oregon House, two more than the 60 percent required for tax and fee increases, moved the package to the Senate. House Bill 2001 will be voted on in the Senate in the same form that it emerged last week from a joint committee.

The bill is thought to be the first in recent history that ties funding to specified projects. Gov. Ted Kulongoski had vowed to veto such a bill but said last week, “Oregonians in every corner of the state will benefit from this investment, and I look forward to signing it into law.”

Read the full article in the Statesman Journal.

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