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The Greening Of Portland

The Greening Of Portland

About a year and a half ago, then Portland mayor Sammy Adams and his cohorts on the Portland City Council decreed a radical, “green” approach to waste disposal: they sent little plastic slop buckets (made in Canada, naturally) out to virtually every house in the city, and cut garbage pickups to twice a month – […]

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

The Hillsboro Argus published my guest editorial this past Friday, pointing out that since we’re building free stadiums for sports teams now, we may as well do it for everyone. A few more comments on the article from 5440 readers might be nice. Come take a look! http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/01/hillsboro_hops_public_financin.html (And as always, if you want more […]

Metro Funding Crisis!

In 1995 and 2006, Metro persuaded voters in the Tri-County area surrounding Portland, Oregon to allow the agency to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed bonds in order to acquire natural areas “for the benefit of wildlife and people”. Unsurprisingly, the brain-trust at Metro ran right out and bought up thousands of acres of […]

Pixie Dust & Unicorns – Metro Believes

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The brain-trust at Metro, having twice failed in its grand plans to “create jobs and spur economic development” with its “Oregon Convention Center”, remains convinced that it’ll all work out this time, if only they can get their hands on some more taxpayer money to build a spiffy 600-room Convention Center Hotel. We’ve turned them […]

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  • Column: States rights across the aisle February 22, 2017
    It’s not unusual for political dynamics to shift as political powers shift at the federal level. But the dynamics are changing pretty quickly as we enter the second month of President Donald Trump’s administration. Notably, Democratic governors and mayors have been defending their values and speaking for their constituents with an argument often used by […]
  • Democrats call, again, for action on ‘levy cliff’ February 22, 2017
    Some school districts may have to send out pink slips if the state legislature doesn’t pass the Democrats’ “levy cliff” bill, argued Democratic leadership at their weekly press conference Tuesday. “I’m hearing from superintendents too,” said Rep. Kristine Lytton, Anacortes, at the press conference. “They are trying to dig into the complexity of the senate […]
  • GOP leaders defend education funding plan, criticize Democrats’ plan February 21, 2017
    After facing criticism for their budget plan, Republican leaders defended their education funding proposal Monday at a press conference, and made their own criticisms of the Democrat’s levy cliff bill. Washington GOP legislators’ plan is to implement something of a “levy swap” to fund education in Washington. Background Senate Republicans announced their plan Jan. 27 […]
  • Free for a Limited Time Four More Years February 22, 2017
    Washington DC’s H Street streetcar has failed in just about every way possible. The 2.2-mile line cost $200 million, which is enough to build ten to twenty miles of four-lane freeway; it opened years behind schedule; and–despite being free “for a limited time”–it carries a paltry 2,400 people per weekday, which in a sane world […]
  • Congestion Cost U.S. $295 Billion in 2016 February 21, 2017
    Speaking of congestion (as the Antiplanner was yesterday), a new congestion scorecard from Inrix estimates that congestion cost America $295 billion in 2016, which is more than 1.5 percent of 2016 GDP. Where the Texas Transportation Institute’s previous estimates of congestion costs counted only the cost to commuters, Inrix adds costs to consumers who must […]
  • Good News and Bad News February 20, 2017
    Good news: The United States had 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in 2016. That’s good news because the number in 2015 was nearly 59,000. In fact, the number has declined in every year since 1992 (the earliest year for which records are available), when it was 124,000. The American Road and Transportation Builders thinks 2016’s number […]