Newspaper Credits Oregon Lawmaker for Being Innovative, but Rejects His P3 Bill

Beaverton Valley Times editorially opposes an Oregon state representative’s idea for launching a toll-funded, P3 project to build a Portland bypass. The editors give freshman state lawmaker Richard Vial points for innovative thinking and say, “He’s right to bring up the option of a toll road, and voters would be crazy if they punish him for it,” but they see flaws in Viall’s bill to set up special local districts with authority to undertake highway P3 projects.