|Contemplating the gas tax|
An Oregonian headline writer showed the systemic bias against which the proposal will struggle: "How can Oregon cyclists help pay their way?" as if they don't already, and missing all the ways that people on bike and other non-drivers and non-driving activity actually subsidize people driving cars - free parking, using property taxes and other non-gas tax revenue to fund roads, and so on. A better question is how can Oregon drivers better pay for the roads? And maybe the best question of all is, how can we create a better system to fund the total transportation system.
at ODOT HQ
BikePortland has more on Representative Jules Bailey and House Joint Resolution 9 and the uphill struggle. KATU also filed a story:
“We’re opposed to any further dilution of the state highway fund,” said Mike McArthur, the executive director of the Association of Oregon Counties.Hearings:
McArthur argues highway funding is thin to being with as gas tax revenues decline.
“We’d have more deterioration of the roads we have now,” he said. “We’re not keeping up with what we’ve got.”
McArthur said he supports bicyclists and owns three bikes himself, but argues more bikes do not necessarily take cars off the roads.
The House Committee On Transportation and Economic Development will talk about the gax tax (House Joint Resolution 9) and hold a public hearing on Monday, April 1st at 3pm in Hearing room E.
The Joint SubCommittee On Transportation and Economic Development will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 9, on cell phone use in cars, on April 1st at 1pm in Hearing room 174. I still find this bill as amended very confusing and it takes too much brainpower on a sunny Saturday morning to parse it out. (Maybe someone can help?)
More updates after the jump.