A landmark transportation bill for Oregon looks like it will soon become reality. The state House passed a measure today that raises taxes and fees by $5.3 billion over the next decade. That money will be used to relieve highway bottlenecks, boost transit and improve safety.
Throughout the five months of the legislative session, there’s been considerable doubt about whether the measure could gain the votes it needed to pass tax hikes. But after last-minute negotiations, a slimmed down version of the bill was easily approved on a 39-to-20 vote.
It now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass and be sent to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
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