With bipartisan collaboration and the support of the governor, a solution for Oregon’s transportation funding shortfall seemed likely at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session. However, by the summer, bipartisan discussions had disintegrated and, failing to reach a consensus, the proposed state motor fuel tax increase died when the legislature adjourned on July 6. Facing a short 2016 legislative session, Gov. Kate Brown (D) and lawmakers acknowledged that a transportation funding increase would not be possible until the 2017 legislative session.

The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center’s™ latest case study explores what happened in Oregon that led to a breakdown in progress. The report also reviews the history of the state’s transportation funding, the factors that contributed to its funding shortfall, and major players involved in the campaign for an increase.

Read the “Oregon 2015 Legislative Campaign to Increase Transportation Funding” case study.

The TIAC staff researches and prepares detailed case studies of recent successful—and unsuccessful—state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns aimed at increasing transportation infrastructure investment. For each case, the studies dig into the politics, issues, media and major players involved in the effort. To view other case studies, visit the ‘Campaign Case Studies’ tab on the TIAC website.

TIAC attempts to track all ongoing state and local transportation funding and financing developments in real time and reports on them frequently through TranspoAdvocate News. If you would like to contribute information to this effort, please contact the TIAC staff.