What was once a major statewide news-gathering organization is being chopped into pieces, as I write these lines.
However, there remain the pieces, and a political actor in Portland today, in just the same way that he cannot ignore the Mercury‘s political reporting, so he cannot ignore the piece today by Brad Schmidt:
In 1988, [Department of] Transportation officials argued [before the Portland City Council] that their typical revenue sources — the federal government, parking revenues and gas taxes — weren’t enough. They suggested tagging a chunk of utility license fees — money that phone, electric, gas and telecommunication companies pay for the privilege of placing equipment along public roads — for their office.
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Officials considered two options: Guarantee that 28 percent of utility fees go to Portland transportation or set a target of 28 percent.
That was the Old Politics Way of doing things: promise, but don’t deliver. Measure 5 [was it?] was going to fund the schools at a level equal to the property taxes it abolished; and then the state legislature never met the documented school funding support ever.
Here is Commissioner Dick Bogle, at the time:
“It’s almost like every elected official’s dream,” then-Commissioner Dick Bogle said, according to meeting minutes. “It almost gives us our cake and eating it too with the fact that we have a target, but still we can shift and move that target as other needs dictate.”
Well, Dear Gentle Reader, who put this Sure to Fail scheme forward? Don’t you recognize the Peter Principle at work?
The City Council . . . voted unanimously for the target
in the ellipses went the words including Blumenauer, who oversaw the transportation office and pushed the idea
That is the Old Politics at work.. Kick the can down the road. Tolerate corruption. This is a big city, with wide shoulders.
And all the rest of that crap.
Vote for the irresponsible failure, Blumeanauer. Not the actual accomplisher of positive things, Meo.