Urgency of Transportation Funding Problem

Friday’s Tribune has an editorial about the urgency of coming to grips with the state’s transportation needs. While the author and I might disagree on what some of the specific projects might be, we’re on the same wavelength on several points, including the need to ensure that maintenance gets funded.

We also see the way some candidates try to make this a wedge issue as a problem:

… Republican Ron Saxton, is often more comfortable saying that ODOT staff is the problem.

That’s just not useful in any way.

And finally, we’re in complete agreement on approaches to get voters on board:

Another idea is building business and citizen support for projects that make a difference in the economy, regional livability and the lives of local residents – and then gradually convincing taxpayers and businesses that new funding is needed to accomplish even more.

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