Metro measure opponents outraising supporters
Opponents of Metro's regional transportation funding measure are now reporting raising more money than the two committees supporting it.
Together, the three political action committees fighting over Measure 26-218 have reported raising more than $1.56 million in cash and in-kind contributions with more than a month to go before the Nov. 3 general election.
The $5.2 billion measure will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. It would impose a payroll tax of up to 0.75% on employers with 25 or more workers to funds transportation projects, including a new MAX light rail line between Portland and Bridgeport Village near Tualatin.
The Stop the Metro Wage Tax political action committee has reported nearly $840,000 in contributions as of Sept. 27. They include contributions of $100,000 each from Nike, Intel, The Standard and Daimler Trucks. Other big contributors include Lithia Motors, Comcast, the Tillamook County Creamery Association, Schnitzer Steel Industries and Hampton Lumber. The committee argues that even larger employers cannot afford the new tax because of the pandemic-related recession.
Two committees are supporting the measure. The Let's Get Moving PAC has raised nearly $580,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. The Infrastructure Jobs are Good Jobs PAC has raised over $141,000. They argue the region needs the jobs that will be created by the projects, that will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety. Major contributors include unions, engineering firms and construction companies.
The measure is intended to match federal funds to some projects, such as helping to secure a 50% commitment to the MAX line.
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