Oregon Sustainability Center pork project trying to pass Legislature

Oregon Sustainability Center Pork Project trying to pass Legislature
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

As Legislative tradition dictates, the end is usually the time for the awful “Christmas Tree bill”, so named for the ornaments of government waste and pork projects that get stuffed into a final bill. This time the $65 Million Eco-shrine, otherwise known as the Oregon Sustainability Center, is trying to get funding and squeezed through the Session before it closes. We wanted to remind everyone what the Oregon Sustainable Center is. The Oregon Sustainability Center costs as much as $65 million of public funds (bonds, property taxes, etc.) and exceeds 20% of the price of an average building its size. It includes 60,000 square feet of solar panels, a 200,000 gallon cistern bucket system to collect rain water, and a 200 foot underground geothermal well. Taxpayers will foot the bill by $240,000 if it fails to get the renters they need.  It represents a massive eco-shrine to wasting the people’s money.

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  • Bob Clark

    I thought Representative Hanna is holding up this in his committee.  Don’t tell me the GOP is going to cave on this lets-do-it-for-Adams-project.  Please, GOP, don’t give this rube another feather in his rube like cap as he goes out to find work in some public relations like scam business.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I think there is perhaps no more ridiculous irony in the world than this project. I mean this even beats the quarter billion dollar a mile choo choo train set.

    Think about the utter idiocy:

    A state with horrendous unemployment, a budget where schools seem to have more off days than on, and almost continual cuts to essentials like police and fire spending money on a sustainability center.

    With a state barely able to sustain the budget for donuts in the break room, there is no greater monument to the idiocy of our government than the fact that this edifice of asininity is even being discussed.

    The cherry on the cake will be when they discover the 20% up charge was a real low ball figure.

    I will be amazed if they don’t build this thing. I mean this is the kind of project that makes politicians salivate. Huge potential for pay offs, almost no upside or usefulness whatsoever, and lots of ways to pad the bill with substandard equipment contracted for at premium pricing. My guess is it will make Jane Cease look like a piker with her DMV fiasco.

  • Bob Clark

    I just got the word from Hanna’s staff.  This project bill is dead.  I would bet it will be back next year, though.  Like most bad pennies, it’ll be back.  PSU for one drools for more such state taxpayer funds.

  • JoelinPDX

    When government gets into this kind if project Solyndra is the result. Is Oregon going to have its own version of Solyndra or will it learn the lesson the federal government is teaching?

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