HB 4078 (link will take you to the actual bill) is now dead in committee. I had hoped to find a way to responsibly fund transit districts like Salem-Keizer by not raising taxes and incentivizing districts to be more responsible and accountable. The chair, Rep. Caddy McKeown informed me on Friday of last week that there was no funding available from the co chairs of Ways and Means. I was very grateful that she took the time to tell me in person and appreciate the work she did to move it forward to a hearing. Sadly, I will not be able to keep my promise to help those who want stable transit funding in Keizer and other smaller communities.
I am not done with this though and will revisit it next session should the voters choose to put me back in office. I am very thankful to those who helped me write and move this bill to where it went. Sadly, in this very partisan Short Session, not many Republican written bills are moving.
Here is my testimony before the committee when they heard the bill: