$300 million transportation plan goes to governor

The Oregon Senate has approved a $300 million per year transportation package that will provide a little less than Gov. Ted Kulongoski had requested for highways and bridges.

The 24-6 vote today sent House Bill 2001 to Kulongoski, who has said he would sign the Legislature's version.

The highway funding bill is expected to provide 4,600 jobs each year for the first five years, although that estimate was questioned by Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, among the few who voted against it.

The funding will come partly from a 6-cents-per-gallon increase in the state gasoline tax of 24 cents which will go into effect after two consecutive quarters of employment growth or by Jan. 1, 2011.

— The Associated Press

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