CRC Victim of Fiscal Austerity?

An Associated Press story goes into an issue the Oregonian as studiously ignored – no one wants to pay for the Columbia River crossing. The article, which has appeared in the Seattle PI and on the KATU site includes skeptical remarks from Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio:

“I would say that there is a very, very, very, very grim prospect for transportation investment with these people in charge and Obama in the White House, since he won’t stand up to them,” DeFazio told The Associated Press.

He said Republicans want to cut current transportation spending by about a third, leaving little room, if any, for new projects.

Our friend and correspondent Joe Cortright is also quoted:

“It strikes me as very interesting that nobody has appropriated the first dollar for actual construction,” Cortright said. “At some point, you have to ask: Will there be money to build it?”

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