Salem, OR – Senator Larry George (R-Sherwood) issued the following statement yesterday morning after a remonstrance on the Senate floor:
“The Governor’s caustic, partisan press release Thursday evening is a disturbing departure from his private statements and the bi-partisan, collaborative tone over the past several weeks. In a private conversation with the Governor on Wednesday, he stated that his proposal was not an ultimatum to paint Republicans into a corner. He stated his proposal was an initial step to break the log-jam on PERS negotiations. Continue reading →
The transit agency for Vancouver (C-TRAN) is reconsidering its support for the Columbia River Crossing Project, which includes light rail to Vancouver. In a staff report prepared for this week’s C-TRAN board meeting, the following claims are made:
Light rail offers faster service (17 MPH) than bus rapid transit (14.5 MPH);
The extended Yellow MAX line will arrive in Vancouver every 7.5 minutes; and
Light rail will carry 6,100 people over the Columbia River during the peak period.
All of these answers are wrong.
C-TRAN express buses running from various points in Vancouver to Portland city center currently average 31-45 MPH (depending on the route) in the morning peak period. In the afternoon peak they average 20-30 MPH traveling northbound. Continue reading →
Final quarterly revenue forecast is in for 2011-2013 budget cycle – up $174.3 million from June 2011 close of session (COS)
The 8th and final quarterly revenue forecast for the current biennial budget cycle, 2011-13, was released this week. It showed a $174 million favorable change from the June 2011 close of session (COS) forecast. The COS forecast was $15.14 billion and this week’s forecast was $15.31 billion for the General and Lottery funds. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON and Oregon are in the middle of an intense debate about whether to expand facilities to ship coal to Asia.
As a former resident of Washington state and one who has family that lives in the area, I have followed this issue with interest. As a scientist who spent my career in toxicology evaluating human health risks, what I am seeing in this debate concerns me.
What I find most troublesome is how anecdotal evidence and opinions of a handful of people, rather than scientific evidence, are being used in an attempt to sway the public on the export terminals. Continue reading →
President Obama is coming under increasing criticism – not just for the increasing number of scandals in his administration but for being clueless about them – for learning about them when we the public learn about them – from the news and not from his own administration! Continue reading →