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CRC Rammed Through in Salem

Without naming the CRC in her prepared statement, Tina Kotek (D-North Portland) framed the boondoggle as a “jobs and economic development bill.

Aerial shot of the Columbia River
Aerial shot of the Columbia River by Tim King

(PORTLAND, OR) - If your rep in Salem is a Dem and their name isn’t Lew Frederick of Portland or Carolyn Tomei of Milwaukie, she or he voted for the CRC (Columbia River Crossing) boondoogle today.

They were joined by nine silent Repubs in the 45-11 vote to burden Oregonians to pay for the ill-conceived project *engineered by the corporate 1%, their Oregonian and labor allies and pushed through without the usual committee hearings by House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-North Portland).

Without naming the CRC in her prepared statement, Kotek framed the boondoggle as a “jobs and economic development bill,” and argued against all evidence that it would “improve the safety of the bridge, and ensure we can move the goods and services our economy relies on to thrive.”

Her role demonstrates that being the first open lesbian to be a house speaker in the US doesn’t protect Oregonians from poor policy decisions.

For the arguments, see, which I posted in full to these lists yesterday.

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Michael Munk tries to glean important but overlooked items from the world media on the issues of the day and posts them on an irregular schedule. Although items can overlap, he also maintains separate lists for activists in Portland, Oregon and the Northwest, and special lists for: Labor, Latin America, Israel, Torture Taxis, Korea, and the Czech Republic.

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