Governor should veto funding swap
Taking money from low-income families and giving it to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is reverse Robin Hood chicanery of the worst sort. Gov. Ted Kulongoski should follow through on concerns he offered this week and veto provisions of a bill that covers $4.6 million in construction debt owed by OMSI by diverting money from a special public-purpose utility fund. Ratepayers of the state’s utilities supply all of the money being diverted, and a portion — $630,000 — is targeted for home weatherization programs for low-income metro-area residents. After they passed this bill in the final hours of its 2007 session, legislators admitted they weren’t fully aware of who lost in the funding shift. Kulongoski ought to fix that mistake with a veto. Meanwhile, the governor is correct to work with state officials, legislators and OMSI to find another way to aid the museum.