POWELL BUTTE, OR -- Oregon lawmakers concluded the Legislative session earlier this week. House Minority Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) tells KBND it wasn't a terribly fruitful couple of months. "I think the session was sadly very partisan. I understand the majority party number lends itself to a partisan agenda; but previously, we really worked to build consensus about bills. And, Speaker Tina Kotek really did a disservice to Oregon for that."
The two parties were unable to reach a compromise on transportation funding. Rep. McLane says, "I think that's really up to the left wing of the Democrat party that runs the state, with the Governor, House and Senate. There's really a division. A fight is going on between the moderate and left wing of the Democratic party and, unless they're willing to compromise, I don't think there will be a special session this fall."
He says Democrats' refusal to compromise on the clean fuels bill passed early in the session set the pace. "Until the left wingers really want to see an investment in roads rather than the 'do nothing program,' nothing is going to get done. I'm always willing; the Governor is willing; but, we'll see what the other Democrats do."