Billion Dollar Boondoggle Bites The Big One
Drive a stake through the heart of the Columbia
River Crossing light rail bridge. This
nearly four billion dollar boondoggle has been a disaster all along. And it has cost taxpayers nearly 150-million
bucks without a single shovel of dirt turned. But now voters in Clark County
have said no…just as they did a decade ago.
Voters in Clackamas county have sent a strong “no” in their votes this
week and in September.
The Oregon and
Washington legislatures still have not budgeted the nearly one billion the
project will cost them. The federal
government has to pitch in a billion and they’re not exactly flush. And tolling that was supposed to produce 1.3
billion of the cost won’t…according to a solid source like the state treasurer Ted Wheeler. And documents from the
project say tolls can go as high as eight bucks per trip. Now Congressman Jaime
Herrera Beutler and state Senator Don Benton and seven others have signed a
letter demanding they scrap the current design…and light rail…and essentially
It’s about time!