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A major grassroots effort aimed at getting a statewide ban on studded tires is down but not out.
Jeff Bernards, the man behind the Preserving Oregon Roads campaign, posted a thank-you message on his website yesterday announcing the news: "... we were unable to raise the necessary funds needed to hire paid signature gathers. As a result we won’t make the ballot this November."
Bernards believes the millions of dollars in road damage studded tires cause in Oregon each year should be put to other uses. He and his volunteers created a large groundswell of momentum for the cause; but in the end it came down to cold, hard cash. As we shared back in February, he needed to find a sponsor willing to part with about $200,000 to bring the campaign over the finish line. That sponsor never materialized. (more...)