Stonewalling by an analysis firm just hurts the credibility of the Transportation Department.

Last month, the Portland Tribune asked a top official from one of Oregon's counties what his top three priorities were for the legislative session.

"That's easy," he said. "Transportation, transportation and transportation."

House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senate President Peter Courtney and Gov. Kate Brown all put passing a comprehensive transportation package at the top of their 2017 to-do list as well.

In fact, one of the few things that unites Republican and Democratic lawmakers, local and state officials and urban and rural Oregonians is the desire to maintain, improve and build highways, roads and bridges in our state.

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