PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon business leaders and Gov. John Kitzhaber are calling on the Legislature to approve funding for a new bridge carrying Interstate 5 across the Columbia River.
Bridge proponents said Monday that if Oregon and Washington don't make commitments soon to pay their shares of the cost, the opportunity for federal money will fade.
They spoke at the 10th annual Oregon Leadership Summit, where business and political leaders discuss ways to improve the state's business climate.
Schnitzer Steel chairman John Carter says a new bridge is critical to moving freight through a region that relies heavily on trade. Carter is chair of the Oregon Business Plan steering committee.
Aside from the bridge, the business plan committee also wants the Legislature to cut public pension benefits and improve the quality of schools