$2.5 billion plan to fix Oregon’s roads and bridges stalled Monday
when the state Senate voted to send it back to committee for possible
revisions, according to local media.
transportation financing plan – HB2041 – previously breezed through
the House and was expected to do the same in the Senate before heading
to the governor for approval.
Senators decided the finance package needed more work and sent it
back to the Senate Revenue Committee.
issue for Senators is a provision giving truckdrivers $3 million
a year in tax credits for buying cleaner engines. The credits would
be funded from a transportation reinvestment pot filled by personal
income taxes from jobs created by bridge work.
the setback, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and other proponents said they
were optimistic the proposal would be back before the Senate soon.
is a minor bump in the road,” Kulongoski spokeswoman Mary Ellen
Glynn told The Coos Bay World of the Senate vote. “The governor
feels confident the package will come back looking just about the
same” as the House-backed version.
of the $2.5 billion the plan would raise over 10 years comes from
bonds repaid from higher vehicle registration and title fees.
$1.6 billion would go toward repairing or replacing 480 bridges
on the state’s major highways. The rest of the money would go to
cities, counties and the state for road projects.
truck registration fees would increase about 53 percent, and their
weight-mile taxes would climb almost 10 percent starting Jan. 1, The Oregonian reported. Car title fees would increase from
$30 to $55 starting Jan. 1. Registration fees would go from $30
to $54 every two years.