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$5.3B Transportation Bill Heads To Oregon Governor


The Oregon Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation bill that will shape the travel of Oregonians for years to come.

The massive bill includes a welter of taxes while seeking to pay for major highway projects, boost transit and help road and bridge repair  throughout the state.

The Senate approved House Bill 2017 on a 22-7 vote, well above the three-fifths vote needed to raise taxes.

The measure now goes to Gov. Kate Brown, who has made the bill one of her top priority items.

“Proud and grateful of all those who worked tirelessly on the transportation package. I look forward to signing this critical bill,” the governor tweeted shortly after the bill passed.

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