Oregon House passes $5.3 billion transportation package
SALEM, Ore. —
The Oregon House of Representatives passed a slimmed down, but still substantial, transportation bill Wednesday aimed at fixing the state’s roads and bridges and easing congestion.
The House passed HB 2017, 39-20. It now moves to the Senate for that chamber’s consideration, where it’s expected to pass.
The bill would raise about $5.3 billion over the next 10 years through an increase in the gas tax, a tax on the sale of vehicles and a bicycle tax. It also provides rebates for buying electric or other "zero-emission" vehicles.
The transportation package was originally over $8 billion but was pared back. Democrats also agreed to a push from Republicans to change the controversial low-carbon fuel standard, one of the major sticking points that derailed a 2015 transportation deal.
This year’s bill was a culmination of over two years of work in which lawmakers gathered input from citizens and stakeholders statewide.