CRC Moves to Floor Consideration

The Oregonian is reporting that the joint legislative committee has passed out a recommendation to provide $450M in bonding authority for the Columbia River Crossing by a margin of 14-2.

My understanding is that this will send the bill to a floor vote in both the House and Senate.

7 Comments

7 Responses to CRC Moves to Floor Consideration

  1. dwainedibbly
    February 19, 2013 at 4:19 am Link

    Mrs Dibbly & I will probably change our registrations from unaffiliated to D just to help any primary opponents. I encourage anyone else in the same situation to do the same. I *really* wish I was in Tina Koteck’s district. You can be sure that my friends in her district will hear about this.

    What are the chances that the CRC will suck resources out of TriMet in future years? Honestly, I’m not familiar with all of the pots of money to be able to track all of this. I haven’t noticed anyone making arguments about it being bad for transit, but i suspect that there will be an adverse impact, somehow. That might be a good point to make to the average Portland voter, particularly in light of the latest doom & gloom forecasts coming out of TriMet.

  2. Ron Swaren
    February 19, 2013 at 8:38 am Link

    Democrats could have chosen someone else to be House Speaker. Don’t you think there is a method to their madness?

  3. Anandakos
    February 19, 2013 at 11:03 am Link

    I live in Vancouver and strongly hope it fails, either in Oregon or Washington. Not because I hate “loot rail” — I rode it regularly once the Yellow Line made it to Delta Park and then the Blue Line to West Beaverton from the C-Tran Expresses once I started working at Nike three and a half years ago — but because my self-important (and self-ish) fellow “countians” do and I’d just plain love to see them spend the rest of their lives stuck in the afternoon jam ups on I-5.

    If Dante were alive today, the Seventh Circle would be a stau (Deutsch for “autobahn traffic jam”).

  4. Ron Swaren
    February 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm Link

    Don’t political parties have a shelf life? A “use-by-this-date” label? There’s trouble ahead, and trouble behind.

  5. Nathanael
    February 20, 2013 at 12:19 am Link

    Ron: look up “Duverger’s Law” in Wikipedia. Transitions to new parties are really hard in a system subject to Duverger’s Law.

    To avoid Duverger’s Law and allow for natural changes in the political landscape, you need what’s known as “party-proportional representation”. Approval voting would also help.

  6. EngineerScotty
    February 20, 2013 at 8:45 am Link

    One interesting thing pointed out to me by a friend who is active in state Democratic politics (and a CRC opponent): HB 2690, the legislation in question, is presently designated as “emergency” legislation; meaning it takes effect upon passage, rather than 90 days after being signed by the governor.

    This could be because a) some USDOT deadline is appproaching, and the CRC might miss a funding window otherwise, *or* b) supporters are anticipating an initiative petition to overturn the project, and wish to frustrate that.

    And yes, there are parallels with the latter scenario, and how the prior Clackamas County board of commissioners did their darnedest to further MLR (including payment of the monies due TriMet, arguably ahead of schedule, and by taking out a bank loan rather than engaging in the usual bonding authority) before being swept out of office by Tootie and company.

  7. al m
    February 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm Link

    And yes, there are parallels with the latter scenario, and how the prior Clackamas County board of commissioners did their darnedest to further MLR (including payment of the monies due TriMet, arguably ahead of schedule, and by taking out a bank loan rather than engaging in the usual bonding authority) before being swept out of office by Tootie and company.

    ~~~>Anything that involves big money which ends up in the pockets of Oregon’s power players will get through whatever legislators it is in front of.
    Crony capitalism is alive and well not only here but around the entire country.
    They will rape the citizens for everything they can.

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