SALEM — Legislators on Monday announced a blueprint for raising $8.2 billion over the next decade to pay for projects to relieve congestion and maintain roads and bridges.
The plan represents the first comprehensive framework for crafting a transportation package this year.
"We are running the most transparent transportation process I think this building has ever seen, so now it's time for public input," said House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland. "We still have plenty of time to work out the details, but this is an important turning point in terms of having specifics out there for people to respond to."
The money for the plan would come from a combination of hikes in the gas tax and registration and license fees, tolls and new taxes on payroll and purchases of new vehicles and bicycles.
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