Deomcrat Herald Editorial: A first step for a deal on transportation

Nice  editorial from the the Albany Democrat-Herald:

Albany Rep. Andy Olson is among the lawmakers who’s been working for months to craft a transportation package for this year’s Legislature to consider. The idea, of course, is to pay for badly needed infrastructure work on the state’s roads and bridges. 

Olson knows this is important work, and in fact the transportation package is one of the key tasks facing this session. But he believes another bit of business may need to come first: Along with four other legislators, he’s pushing for accompanying legislation to improve accountability for the state’s considerable investment in transportation projects.

This accountability effort comes on the heels of a $1 million audit of the Oregon Department of Transportation that was done by McKinsey & Co. for the state Department of Administrative Services. The audit was released after The Oregonian made a records request.

In general, the audit concluded that ODOT was doing a reasonably good job, but identified some areas for improvement…

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