Second committee to support Metro measure for Portland, suburbs
Supporters of Metro's $5.2 billion regional transportation measure announced a second political action committee to support it on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The union-led Infrastructure Jobs are Good Jobs PAC was announced the day after opponents admitted making a major mistake in their efforts to defeat Measure 26-218, which will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
The Stop the Metro Wage Tax PAC admitted that it missed the deadline to get its opposition statement in the Washington County Voters Pamphlet on Wednesday. Pro and con statements will appear in the Multnomah and Clackamas county Voters Pamphlets, however.
"It turns out human beings make mistakes, even when they work together with positive intentions. Metro certainly has proven that with a permanent wage tax proposal in the midst of the apocalypse," said campaign director Kevin Looper.
The new committee is led by United Food & Commercial Workers Local 555 and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701. It has not yet reported any fundraising or spending.
"By passing Measure 26-218, we can rebuild our local economy while we rebuild our transportation system. The good paying jobs this measure will create come at exactly the right time, when too many in our region are struggling just to keep a roof over their head due to the pandemic economy," James Anderson, business manager and financial secretary of Operating Engineers Local 701, said in the Sept. 10 announcement.
The Stop the Metro Wage Tax PAC has not yet reported any fundraising or spending, either.
The original committee to support the measure, the Let's Get Moving PAC, has so far reported raising just under $460,000.
The measure is intended to help fund projects in 17 transportation corridors in the region, including a new Southwest Corridor MAX line between Portland and Bridgeport Village just outside of Tualatin. It would impose a payroll tax of up to 0.75% on employers with more than workers. Metro President Lynn Peterson favors limiting the rate to 0.60% if the measure passes.
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