On behalf of the 25,000 highly skilled construction workers that make up the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, I ask that you vote no on this measure. A no vote will mean more jobs and less traffic congestion.
We agree with both the Westside Economic Alliance and Tigard Chamber of Commerce that this measure would significantly hamper Tigard’s ability to both bring in new industries and retain the businesses we have now. That is why we have come together to ask voters to join us in voting no on this measure. Our elected leaders have spent years working to attract businesses to our community, work that has positioned Washington County as the economic hub of the state, and the work continues. A yes vote on this measure would throw a monkey wrench into an economic plan that, up to this point, has been incredibly successful.
The Pacific Highway/99W is one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the area, and many of our members routinely sit in traffic for over an hour on their way home. Sitting in traffic is a waste in so many ways. A yes vote will hurt the economy and lead to more traffic congestion. For people who commute to and from work, traffic congestion can make you late to work and late getting home, which means less time with our families and generally having less time to spend doing the things we love.
Even if you never plan to ride light rail, allowing others to do so will get them off our roads, thereby reducing traffic congestion and helping speed up your travels. Many businesses locate near access to light rail so their workers have safe and reliable transportation to and from work.
If reducing traffic congestion and increasing our region’s economic viability is important to you, then I encourage you to join our members in voting no this March.
Submitted on the behalf of John Mohlis, Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.