Our Correspondent at the Legislature

Columbia River Crossing skeptic and fellow traveler Joe Cortright reports that Friday at 1pm the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee has a scheduled work session on HJM 22, the resolution supporting Federal funding for the CRC, a measure that many fear will be used as justification for ODOT to divert existing state funds into the project away from other projects. Here is Joe’s response to the committee (PDF).

Joe also reports that a “gut and stuff” maneuver is expected on HB 2158, which as written directs ODOT to study the importance of Oregon’s Interstate bridges. In a “gut and stuff” the content of a bill is replaced with something related (i.e., still about the CRC) but completely different. This hearing is at 1pm Wednesday.

Watch your legislature at work.

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