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, 2015. 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.
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