News Flash: Sam Adams drops gas tax for statewide gas tax?

This just in. Portland Commissioner Sam Adams has dropped his plan for a Portland gas tax because…get this…Salem politicians say it will interfere with their statewide gas tax. Rumor has it that several state lawmakers are pushing a 9-12 cent gas tax. State Senator Rick Metsger has been big fan of such tax as he has toured the state. Much of the details are still not public.

You can catch more on the story tonight at KGW-TV 8 (Portland).

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  • David from Eugene

    Increasing the state Gas Tax would have merit, IF the revenue raised must be used to repair and maintain existing roads within 24 months of being received and that a share goes directly to cities.

  • Jeff

    …and absolutely none of it goes to non-automobile uses. No bicycles, no light rail, no streetcars… feel free to add to the list.

    Oh, and lets dedicate 25% to a fund to add or expand roads.

    • David from Eugene

      No new streets or roads until we figure out how to maintain those we already have. Spending millions to build a road we can not afford to maintain is fiscally irresponsible.

      • eagle eye

        Agreed! Something has to be done about the decaying roads we already have, or it’s going to be a disaster.

        If not a higher state gas tax, please let’s hear a realistic alternative plan, one that will actually happen.


    Here’s an exerp from an Oregonian article:

    ” The street fees, indexed for inflation, would bring Portland an estimated $464 million over 15 years. The money would go to repaving roads, adding sidewalks and other maintenance and safety work.

    It’s enough to bring every major Portland street up to “fair” or “good” condition. Other projects include improving walking and biking routes, police street patrols and better traffic signal timing.

    Homeowners could see the fees included in already-high sewer-and-water bills, starting sometime next year. Discounts would be available for low-income households and for people with TriMet passes, especially fuel-efficient cars, or no cars”.

    As you can see bikes are in play with the increase, I also remember Sam mentioning a pedestrian / bike bridge DOWNTOWN. No doubt the majority of the city raised money will be spent in the DOWNTOWN area, as usual………….I’ll be voting no!


    Straight off the ticker:

    “City Commissioner Sam Adams has deciding against asking the City Council to submit his street repair program to Portland voters”.

    His Majesty (or her if he’s not the dominate one) has decreed that Portland will succumb to his wishes. It is also decreed that the public unions will back him to the hilt (perks will be following) and business groups will keep their mouths shut for fear of higher tax increases.

    In addition, public opposition groups will be subjected to brutalization by roving groups of illegals who will then be cited and released by the PPD after promising to show up for court……..2 months later.

    This is Sams , our new Mayor’s wishes. WE WILL BE ASSIMULATED, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

  • Bob Clark

    Would it be fantasy to try petitioning to prohibit taxes from being charged to water/sewer bills for unrelated projects/services such as transportation maintenance? Any thoughts, Jason?

  • John Fairplay

    I have some unfortunate news for Mr. Sam – there isn’t going to be any increase in the state gas tax. The last time the Legislature tried to increase it, it was crushed at the polls 88-12. No one believes that any new revenue will be used to improve road capacity or even maintain roads. Any new revenue will be used to build Light Rail to Vancouver and Milwaukie and fund new street car lines hither and yon in Portland.


      Maybe they’ll try a Sam and not put it up for a vote.

  • Jerry

    Of course increasing the gas tax has merit. The state needs the money – and what better way to get it???
    I say make the tax at least $1 a gallon. Fewer people will drive, fewer drivers means less road maintenance, and that means savings in the state budget so we can so some meaningful stuff like the Cultural Trust and giving illegal aliens in-state tuition.
    Raise it and raise it big.
    Plus, poor people would finally begin to pay their share of taxes!! Think about it…all these proponents of the gas tax don’t give a hoot about the poor….but they will pay…every time they fill their 1973 Oldsmobiles.


      You must have missed it, yesterday Gov. K. just gave 9500 public employees another raise for the year, this time 5%. Apparently the state is rolling in cash, no need for new taxes.

      • eagle eye

        I don’t know if the raise was merited or not. But let’s suppose it wasn’t. Still, what is going to happen to our roads?


    Well, since the unions showed that they control our Gov. by pressuring him in to giving another raise to many state employees in the same year. I am going to have to conclude that any tax increase he endorses will be shot down by the voters.

    This will in effect destine our roads the be in the condition they are in until the Pols. quit spending infrastructure money on light choo-choo trains. Once they do, they can then start spending that money on upkeep and repairing our roads.

    As is, I do not believe any tax increase brought forward by the state will pass.

  • Jason Williams

    The previous comment has been deleted for the use of slanderous language. Please keep it clean folks.

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