Oregon lawmakers are proposing new tolls on Interstate 5 in the Portland area and raising the state gas tax to raise billions of dollars for transportation infrastructure improvements.
Lawmakers claim that, in order to solve the current transportation problems, these changes are necessary.
The draft proposal includes increasing the current 30 cent state fuel tax by 6 cents next year, and another 2 cents every other year through 2026.
That, as well as other measures including the establishment of tolls on I-5, would bring in an estimated $509.1 million next year, increasing gradually to $1.1 billion in 2027.
Pending Federal approval, the legislation identifies Portland for immediate attention: I-5 and I-205 between the Washington border and their junction just north of Wilsonville.
The committee will hold public hearings on the bill, he said, and hopes to have it to the House floor by early June.
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