New Poll Says Portlanders Want to Vote on the Street Fee

Hales' spokesman: "We could have saved them a whole lot of money and told them that."

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A poll coordinated by the Portland Business Alliance shows 77 percent of Portlanders want to vote on the street fee.Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have fiercely opposed sending their $46 million proposal to voters, saying the public supports funding road repairs but can't agree on what kind of tax to pay. The PBA and petroleum lobbyist Paul Romain have both said they are likely ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist Rejects Meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales Over Street Fee

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In the past two weeks, the rift between Portland City Hall and the business lobby over a $46 million street fee has grown increasingly antagonistic, as the two sides prepare for a ballot battle. Mayor Charlie Hales and petroleum lobbyist Paul Romain aren't just separated over how the fee should be structured, or whether it should be sent to voters. They can't even agree to meet. Hales' spokesman Dana ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist: Portland Street Fee's Income Tax Requires a Public Vote

UPDATE: Paul Romain says his clients are planning to send the street fee to voters.

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The head of the state's gasoline lobby says he believes Portland Mayor Charlie Hales' latest iteration of the "street fee" is required by the city charter to be sent to voters.Paul Romain, the lobbyist for the Oregon Fuels Association, tells WW that city rules require sending new taxes to a public vote—and the new proposal, a steeply graded income tax, falls under those requirements."If it's an income ...   More
 
Monday, November 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Petroleum Lobbyist: Street Fee Will Be Referred to the Ballot

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A heated public hearing over Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick's proposed Portland street fee turned to open electoral warfare this afternoon, as the head of the state gasoline lobby told city commissioners opponents would refer the proposed fee to voters."It will go to the ballot," said Paul Romain a lobbyist for the Oregon Petroleum Association. "Don't make us refer it."The group ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Beer Lobbyist Supports Contribution Limits

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Here's a little bit of a man-bites-dog story. Last week, the Oregon House considered a couple of bills (House Bills 2894 and 2239) that would limit political campaign contributions. Oregon is currently one of only five states that allow unlimited contributions. One of those who offered forceful testimony in favor of limits was Paul Romain, a lobbyist for the Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association, ...   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Measure 66/67 Opponents to Challenge Voter-Approved Tax Increases?


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An email that Paul Romain and his daughter Danelle sent their clients the day after Oregon voters approved Measures 66 and 67 finally ended up at WW yesterday. Romain, a lawyer and lobbyist who represents the Oregon Wine and Beer Distributors Association, among other clients, opposed the personal and corporate income tax increases voters passed on Jan. 26. Given Romain's success in the Legislature ...   More
 
Thursday, March 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Booze Lobby Invests Big Money in Key Oregon Legislative Races


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The Oregon Beverage Political Action Committee, a formidable lobbying operation run by Paul Romain (above) and his daughter Danelle, has made large donations to the Republican candidates in two of the most closely-watched state House races. The Romains killed a Democratic attempt in the last legislative session to raise beer taxes. And given the state's economic distress, they will probably ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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