State can work to support coal exports done right
Many families and communities across Oregon are hurting and struggling. Oregonians are experiencing job losses, unemployment and cuts to local and state budgets that impact everything from schools to health care to public safety. Our challenge, as a state, is to get our economy back on track, creating jobs and generating tax revenues for critical services.
As co-speakers of the Oregon House of Representatives, from different political parties, people are sometimes surprised to discover how well we get along. We’ve tried to set an example that elected officials can disagree on policy issues but not be disagreeable when it comes to working together to move Oregon forward. Every day, our job is to put Oregon first and partisan politics second. Right now, Oregon and Washington have a tremendous opportunity — a choice — to create thousands of jobs and generate millions in new revenues for cash-strapped schools and other vital services. And we can do it without raising taxes, without spending more taxpayer dollars and without passing any new laws. All that is required is for the politicians to allow the professional state and federal regulators to do their jobs and follow the law.
Several companies are proposing to invest millions to build and upgrade new shipping terminals to export coal from Wyoming and Montana. Coal exports and new shipping terminals in Coos, Morrow and Columbia counties will create jobs in construction, manufacturing, transportation and trade and will generate millions in new revenues to support schools and other services.
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The amount of private investment developers of the three terminals have pledged to build projects to full capacity.