August 10, 2009
Transportation Package Deal Breaks Down?
Friday brought the news that former Sate Sen. Gary George is starting a referral drive to repeal the gas tax increase that was one of the cornerstones of the transportation package adopted by the Legislature.
This is somewhat surpising because supposedly the anti-tax groups agreed to hold their fire in exchange for the Newberg-Dundee bypass being included in the package. It doesn't sound like the repeal has legs (the mainline anti-tax groups have bigger fish to fry), but it's interesting that the deal seems to be fraying at the edges.
August 10, 2009 11:10 AM
It's also interesting to note that George used to represent Newberg, which is a prime recipient of the package's largesse. There are lots of residents of the Newberd/Dundee area who don't much like the proposed bypass--though a chief objection was the proposal to toll the new road, and the existing 99W as well. With the new gas tax package, the road will be constructed without tolls.
An interesting question--might we see some environmental groups on the left supporting the recall, in an effort to derail a road-heavy transportation package?