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Create a more stable and robust funding option for Oregon's public transit

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For some 10 years, Oregon's public mass transit system has suffered from decline in revenue as Oregon experienced two recessions as well as oil price crises. Under the current state law, the operating budget of an Oregon public transit agency is dependent on payroll taxes. In a period of economic recession, both elevated rates of unemployment and wage depression directly have adverse effects on public transit systems across Oregon. This is a relevant topic today, as TriMet is scrambling to deal with the major shortfall. To protect the affordable and accessible public transit is an interest for all Oregonians, both from a standpoint of economic and social equity, as well as for the protection of Oregon's environment and encouraging a healthy and sustainable urban development that has become the hallmark of Oregon's uniqueness. To this end, the Oregon Legislative Assembly must craft a legislation to diversify the sources of income for all Oregon public transit systems, including portions of motor vehicle registration taxes, gasoline taxes, property taxes, and others.

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