Governor: Lawmakers have struck deal on transportation package
SALEM — State lawmakers have reached an agreement on sticking points of a multi-million dollar transportation package, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday, June 28.
The details of the proposal will be released later this week, Brown said.
Legislators have less than two weeks to finish and vote on the package. The plan includes new taxes and fees and increases in other taxes and fees to fund maintenance and improvements to roads, bridges, transit and sidewalks.
The agreement addresses issues that had previously threatened to undermine the future of the transportation plan. The plan still addresses about eight to 10 years of needs, according to the governor's office.
Those included the overall amount of taxes and spending in the package, what the money went toward and cost controls on the state's low carbon fuels standard, Brown said.
"In terms of the low carbon fuels standard, that is being institutionalized to bring stability and certainty to the system. I think there is a consensus amongst stakeholders. You'll see the consensus approach as the bill draft comes out," the governor said Wednesday.
Brown declined to say how the overall amount of the package has changed but said she is excited "about the significant investment we will be making in public transit."
"Suffice it to say there is bipartisan consensus on the levels," she added.