I'm sitting in a legitimately gripping meeting right now at Metro where regional leaders have just taken a very close vote on bikes vs. trucks funding
, which I'll post about later. But for now, just a detail: Metro President David Bragdon presented at the very end of the meeting about the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project and noted that paying for the project will require a 1.5 cent Oregon gas tax increase
on top of the six cent gas tax increase that was just passed.
That brings a quote to mind from Chris Girard, the president of Plaid Pantry who has consistently spoken out in favor of a smaller megabridge from a business standpoint: "If the finances for this don't work out, business owners will have to wind up paying huge taxes and so will our customers."