House Bill 2281 with proposed amendments wasn't that at all. (See below for update; verb tenses have been edited throughout.)
The proposed "transportation package" in HB 2281 was mini-me to the DRIVE act at the Federal level, a mostly retrograde act focusing on highway expansion and hydraulic autoism rather than safety, mobility choice, and reduced carbon emissions.
|Clean fuels grabs the headlines|
Kotek: Senate plan "does not live up to the Clean Fuels Program in terms of reducing GHG emissions and growing OR's clean economy." #orleg— Jonathan J. Cooper (@jjcooper) June 25, 2015
ODOT director admits big error in carbon reduction forecast. Transpo deal would reduce 7.23-8.23 million metric tons, not 8.82-9.82. #orleg— Taylor W Anderson (@TaylorWAnderson) June 24, 2015
The named projects to be funded with bonds in region 2 were all big highway expansion:Worth pointing out this package: https://t.co/wqGWkZ0FPw does not appear to dedicate one single dollar to bike/ped, save 1% bike bill $.— Gerik Kransky (@gerikkransky) June 24, 2015
The proceeds would be divided evenly between state and local projects. Of the $103 million for state projects, for example, $50 million would go to roads and $20 million to bridges. Of the $103 million for local governments, $62 million would go to counties and $41 million to cities. [Oregonian]Interestingly, it does appear to move ConnectOregon from lottery and video poker money to gas tax money.
Unless Salem passes a payroll tax for Cherriots, its transit component wouldn't have benefited Salem, and instead benefited only those cities that use a payroll tax for transit.
Most of the debate centers on the low-carbon/clean fuels repeal, but the more interesting question is how the proposal looks at the transportation system in whole. And the answer is short: business as usual, but with minor tweaks on the edges.
It didn't really address the problems of earthquake, deferred maintenance, and building out a system meaningfully less dependent on drive-alone trips, and didn't dig in very far on carbon, either.
(It doesn't seem worth more detailed analysis, so as others weigh in, perhaps this post will be updated.)
Update: It's dead
On demise of transportation deal, @OregonGovBrown says "simply no path" to approval in #orleg. http://t.co/lGRl9QutFZ via @oregonian— Denis C. Theriault (@theriaultpdx) June 25, 2015