Congressman Blumenauer to Governor Brown: “Don’t Veto Capitol Highway Safety Improvements Funding”

August 11, 2017
Press Release

 

Portland, Ore. – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) yesterday sent a letter to Governor Kate Brown urging her not to veto Section 83 of House Bill 5006, which would provide $2,050,857 for City of Portland SW Capitol Highway safety improvements.

In the letter, Congressman Blumenauer wrote, “Your veto would be unprecedented in undermining more than two decades of planning and work on this much-needed project … This project was carefully vetted and considered on its own merits by both chambers of the legislature. To imply otherwise is misguided and wrong.”

The full text of the letter is below:

 

August 10, 2017

The Honorable Kate Brown

Governor of Oregon

900 Court Street N.

Salem, OR 97301

 

Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing regarding your stated intention to veto Section 83 of House Bill 5006, providing $2,050,857 for City of Portland SW Capitol Highway safety improvements. Your veto would be unprecedented in undermining more than two decades of planning and work on this much-needed project, continuing to put in jeopardy the safety and accessibility of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on SW Capitol Highway. As a former City Commissioner for the City of Portland in charge of transportation, I am very aware of the tremendous need for these improvements.

While you can give accolades to the overall transportation package that was passed during the legislative session, the suggestion that the SW Capitol Highway has not been appropriately vetted or carefully considered is completely false. The Portland City Council adopted the Capitol Highway Improvement Plan in 1996 after years of neighborhood advocacy and community involvement. The City was finally able to secure funding of $8 million for the project in 2016 after voters approved the Fixing Our Streets funding program. The project’s completion hinges on the State of Oregon’s investment of $2 million. This project was carefully vetted and considered on its own merits by both chambers of the legislature. To imply otherwise is misguided and wrong.

I urge you in the strongest terms possible to prioritize the safety in the SW Capitol Highway corridor and rescind your veto threat for Section 83 of House Bill 5006.

Sincerely,

Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress

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