Wheeler Kicks CRC Can Down the Road

Citing risks, Treasurer's letter to lawmakers says it's "premature" to conclude deal can work

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today released a three-page letter (PDF) to legislative leaders assessing the viability of the revised $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project. Wheeler's letter is a finalized version of a memo WW first reported a couple of weeks ago. As with the draft memo, the letter Wheeler released today makes it clear project sponsors will have to thread a rope large enough to ...   More
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Confidential Treasury Memo Shows CRC Still Faces Major Hurdles

Oregon-only project is political and legal challenge

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Gov. John Kitzhaber handed state Treasurer Ted Wheeler a difficult assignment last month: the governor asked Wheeler to perform a quick financial analysis of whether Oregon could go it alone on the Columbia River Crossing project. Kitzhaber chose that path after Washington lawmakers this summer refused to provide $450 million to help fund the proposed $3.4 billion effort to build a new interstate bridge, ...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 Andrea Damewood and Nigel Jaquiss

Mining Fool’s Gold

State treasurer Ted Wheeler wants to borrow $500 million to buy stocks and invest the profits in college scholarships.


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As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he’s been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question

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Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make a great leap forward in a short period of time to provide legally adequate ...   More
 
Monday, August 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Flyer Adds to Pressure on Wheeler

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A new flyer is out, urging Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to reject the Columbia River Crossing.The mailer asks "Whose responsibility is it to tell the truth about the Columbia River Crossing?" and then features Wheeler on the back.In some ways, the $3.5 billion CRC in Wheeler's hands. When the legislature approved $450 million for the controversial megaproject last month, it stipulated that Wheeler ...   More
 
Friday, April 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Ted Wheeler Calls Jefferson Smith's Behavior "Unacceptable"

In A Video Interview, Oregon's State Treasurer "Concerned" By Smith Supporters' Online Comments

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler earlier this week weighed in on Facebook about the recent reports that mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith was charged with a misdemeanor assault in 1993 for punching a woman at a college party.In an interview today with WW, Wheeler explained what prompted him to post his message.Prior to his election as state treasurer, Wheeler said, he served as chair of Multnomah ...   More
 
Thursday, October 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Where Eagles Won’t Dare

Some Eagle Scouts protest the Boy Scouts’ gay ban by returning their badges. Not these Oregon leaders.


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A Boy Scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful and the like. But to obtain the highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must also prove his service has had an impact on his community. Th   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 SAM STITES

Bend Surgeon Off to Strong Fundraising Start

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Dr. Knute Buehler, the Bend orthopedic surgeon seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for Secretary of State, is showing an ability to pull in big campaign checks.Last month, Buehler, a former Oregon State baseball player and Rhodes Scholar, seeded his campaign with a $30,000 loan. But recent filings show he's pulled in another $45,000 since then, including $10,000 from Kathryn Baker of Bend and three $5,000 ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Treasurer Wheeler Rakes in Big Checks (Updated)


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For a guy unlikely to face much competition if he seeks re-election next year, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is hauling in some serious cash. Wheeler has already raised more than $50,000 this month, getting $15,000 from William Swindells, $10,000 from Eli Morgan and $5,000 from Junki Yoshida (who also today gave $5,000 to Rod Underhill, who is running for Multnomah County District Attorney). Wheeler's ...   More
 
Friday, August 26, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

BREAKING: Treasurer's Report Blows Major Hole in CRC Finance Plan

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today presented Gov. John Kitzhaber with a the results (PDF) of a two-month review of key assumptions about the financial plan for the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Project between Portland and Vancouver, Wash.The takeaway from two consultants Wheeler hired to review the CRC's projections—the cost assumptions seem reasonable but traffic and toll revenue ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

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