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Knute Buehler: Funding transit by payroll tax is unfair and bad policy

[On transit funding]: "I believe Oregon is overdue to improve our transportation infrastructure but this plan is the wrong way to do it. I'm strongly opposed to a new 'Tesla Tax' to subsidize electric cars for a privileged few. Further, a new payroll tax which will reduce the take-home pay of working Oregonians, to fund transit in a few communities is unfair and bad policy. I have concerns about how billions of dollars will be spent by an agency which still lacks accountability and transparency."
Source: KTVZ on 2018 Oregon Governor race Jul 5, 2017

Bud Pierce: Public transit ok, but future is autonomous drive vehicles

Q: What would you do to ensure that transportation options are safe, affordable, accessible, dependable, and user friendly?

William (Bud) Pierce: We need large investments in transportation infrastructure to improve our mobility. In addition to a gradual increase in fees/gas tax for those who use the roads, we should consider the use of bonds and private capital as potential sources of capital. While public transportation is important, I believe that our future lies with autonomous drive vehicles, which will be especially useful for seniors in terms of maintaining the ability to travel freely. Programs which directly assist disabled seniors with transportation remain important. Subsidies to assist poor seniors must be in place

Kate Brown: Oregon faces tremendous challenges with aging transportation infrastructure and mind-numbing traffic. I am committed to passing a transportation package in 2017 that addresses Portland-area congestion; expands transit; and makes seismic upgrades.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Kate Brown: Expand public transit to ease traffic congestion

Q: What would you do to ensure that transportation options are safe, affordable, accessible, dependable, and user friendly?

Kate Brown: Communities in every region of Oregon are facing tremendous challenges with aging transportation infrastructure and mind-numbing traffic. I am committed to passing a transportation package in 2017 that:

  1. Addresses Portland-area congestion. It impacts all regions of the state and contributes to higher costs to Oregon businesses.
  2. Expand transit. It can ease congestion and meet the needs of Oregonians. Every community around the state is asking for this.
  3. Make seismic upgrades. We must prepare Oregon for the inevitability of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
William (Bud) Pierce: We need large investments in transportation infrastructure to improve our mobility [via] a gradual increase in fees/gas tax for those who use the roads. While public transportation is important, I believe that our future lies with autonomous drive vehicles.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Ron Wyden: Limit taxes on Internet-based companies

The economy dominated the bulk of the debate, as the panelists asked a number of questions about the Wall Street bank and auto company bailouts at the beginning of the Great Recession.

Wyden voted against the Wall Street bailout and said he favors the federal government ending tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. He also supports limiting taxes on Internet-based companies.

Huffman argued that these proposals are too small when the country faces double-digit unemployment and a terribly slow recovery. He said Wyden's great mistake was voting for the stimulus bill because those funds will never be returned to taxpayers.

At one point, Wyden was shown a television ad he supported that claimed Huffman defended the Wall Street bailout and believes in privatizing Social Security. When asked to comment on the negative ad, Wyden said it was the exception and not the rule of his campaign to run such an ad.

Huffman said the ad was full of lies and half-truths.

Source: Mail Tribune coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

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