Forum panelists share legislative priorities

FebForumPanel2   More than 100 members and guests joined WEA for a forum, presented by TriMet, focused on what the legislative priorities are right now at the county and federal levels.
   TriMet's Bernie Bottomly moderated the forum panel made up of Washington County's Jonathan Schlueter, Ree Armitage from Senator Ron Wyden's office, and Clackamas County's Gary Schmidt. 
   All three talked about the need for transportation and infrastructure funding.
   Schmidt mentioned the need for widening I-205 and extending the Sunrise Corridor System in the east part of the region.
   He also said Clackamas County's Courthouse is in need of replacement - a recent assessment shows a significant earthquake would likely weaken the ground it sits on, causing it to possibly collapse into the Willamette River.
   Schmidt also touched on forestry regulations and the Willamette Falls area.
   Schlueter shared the good news of low unemployment rates in Washington County, including Sherwood at 3 percent.  
   In referencing recent events with California's Oroville Dam, Schlueter spoke about the need for infrastructure funding for local Scoggins Dam, which is known to be seismically challenged.
   Armitage touched on immigration, healthcare, and higher ed financing.
   If you missed this event, TVCTV will have video available online in about two weeks. 
   The Portland Business Jounal's Peter Wong also covered yesterday's event and filed this report.