Nike also lobbied the legislators to receive a 35 year waiver from being incorporated into Beaverton. Which means they won't have to support local schools for years. Schools need teachers & books not just football uniforms.
The reason the gas tax doesn't work is because the spineless politicians don't have the guts to raise it enough to actually pay for the true cost of roads. If we had a European type gas tax like $3-$4 per gallon, I think that would fix all the roads today. Studded tires aren't helping the situation either.
This is an example I've why I thank my local politicians (Ben Cannon, Sam Adams & others) for actually taking the job and trying to make Portland a better place to live and work. Remember they raised funds (kissed ass) and basically paid to take a job that doesn't nearly pay what they spend to "win" the job.
Thanks Sarah for exposing us to the insides of all that makes Portland interesting.
If the Vancouverites don't want to toll the bridge then they don't "need" a bridge. There's a generation that feels "entitled" to whatever they want at no cost to themselves. Borrowing from the Chinese only to have future generations pay it back is morally wrong. They've been talking about the bridge for 4 years, had they started tolling then, they would have a down payment to start this (UN)-necessary project. Tolling now would reduce alot of "unnecessary" driving reducing the need for a bridge today. They should raise a regional gas tax too, we'll really see how necessary the bridge is then. I've spoken numersous times a Metro, Portland Planning Com. and Portland City Council, I explained to them that tolling had to be an intrical part of the financing. Expecting "free" money from the bankrupt federal government should be a last option. Then there's the effect on the Climate (for another day).
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