Christian Gaston is a state politics and government reporter at The Oregonian.
'A dubious honor'
Says, "Oregon has the third largest class size in the nation."
Per capita employment is higher than the national average, despite restaurant association claims
Says Oregon’s high minimum wage is the reason why "by 2011, Oregon's restaurants employed an average of only 13.8 workers, or 2.6 fewer employees than they did before the state's minimum wage began rising above the federal level in 1997."
11 percent more traffic
Says, "I-205, six miles of which runs through my district, already carries more traffic than I-5."
Interstate agreement calls for costs to be split 50-50
Says "If Oregon’s Legislature simply authorizes $450 million for the CRC, it will … leave Oregon holding the bag for a great deal more cost responsibility."
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