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Byline: The Register-Guard

It took five months of intense negotiations between Gov. Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri[1]) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. , state legislators, the trucking industry and the motorists' lobby, but those talks have produced the most aggressive response to Oregon's transportation problems in more than a decade.

A consensus has emerged on a two-bill package that would provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to repair or replace aging and cracked cracked

said of grain; indicates grain that has been exposed to a combined breaking and crushing action.
 highway bridges and provide money for state, county and city highway and street repairs. The package - House Bill 2041 and HB 2367 - isn't is·n't  

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isn't is not
isn't be
 perfect, but it's badly needed. The House and Senate should pass it and send it to the governor for his signature.

The need for a massive bridge repair program is clear. The Oregon Oregon, city, United States
Oregon, city (1990 pop. 18,334), Lucas co., NW Ohio, a suburb adjacent to Toledo, on Lake Erie; inc. 1958. It is a port with railroad-owned and -operated docks. The city has industries producing oil, chemicals, and metal products.
 Department of Transportation has already placed load restrictions on 78 bridges, causing large trucks to detour around them. Among the load-limited bridges are the Interstate in·ter·state  
adj.
Involving, existing between, or connecting two or more states.

n.
One of a system of highways extending between the major cities of the 48 contiguous United States.

Noun 1.
 5 bridges across the Willamette and McKenzie rivers For rivers name "Mackenzie", see .
The McKenzie River is a tributary of the Willamette River, 86 miles (138 km) long, in northwestern Oregon in the United States. It drains part of the Cascade Range east of Eugene into the southernmost end of the Willamette Valley.
 in the Eugene-Springfield area.

The repair work would be paid for through a variety of fee increases. The car registration fee would rise to $54 every two years from its current $30. Vehicle title transfer fees would also increase, to $55 from $30. Single license plate fees would double to $3 from $1.50, and the fee for double plates would go to $6 from $2.50. The instruction driver permit cost would rise to $18 from $13. Truck registration fees would also increase, and the weight-mile tax paid by trucks would rise by 9.9 percent.

In all, the package will generate $114 million a year that would be used to retire $1.6 billion in bonds for bridge repair and some $900 million in bonds for highway and road projects. The bills would also create and estimated 4,750 construction jobs, which should be a boon Boon

A general term that refers to a benefit or improvement for investors. This can include such things as increased dividends, a stock market rally and stock buybacks.

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 for Oregon's economy. Contracts for the repair work would likely go out for bid next spring.

The Register-Guard's David Steves reported Thursday that $1.3 billion of the money raised by the two measures would be used to fund bridge repair, $300 million would pay for local bridges on freight routes, $371 million would be provided to cities and counties for road maintenance, and $500 million would pay for other projects, such as freight transportation needs.

The House Transportation Committee held an all-day hearing on the two bills Wednesday. If it's approved in that committee, it will be referred to the House Revenue Committee. If approved there, it will head to the House floor for a vote. If approved there, the package would head to the Oregon Senate.

Some complain that the package should contain more increases for the trucking industry, which critics say cause most of the damage to the state's bridges. That's an argument for another day - the Oregon Constitution The Oregon Constitution is a U.S. state constitution, the governing document of the U.S. state of Oregon. It was ratified on November 9, 1857, and took effect when Oregon achieved statehood on February 14, 1859. Differences from U.S.  already requires a fair apportionment The process by which legislative seats are distributed among units entitled to representation; determination of the number of representatives that a state, county, or other subdivision may send to a legislative body. The U.S.  of road costs between trucks and other vehicles. The Legislature's current goals are to address the urgent repair needs of Oregon's bridges with a proposal that can obtain enough votes to pass. The negotiations leading to HB 2041 and HB 2367 were big steps toward accomplishing both goals.
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Title Annotation:Fixing Oregon's bridges and roads a top priority; Editorials
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
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Date:May 30, 2003
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