PPS construction bond: It's the economy stupid.
In a period of prolonged unemployment and falling home values, this was a huge ask for Portland homeowners - too huge in fact. It didn't help that the PPS administration and the school board have inspired no confidence in their ability to manage anything of this magnitude after the whole high school redesign fiasco.
PPS levy: Immediate and real impact.
The levy will have an immediate and real impact on the education of our kids - and in ways that are measurably meaningful, most notably class size. I think voters get this, they get the connection between the quality of the education system for Portland's kids and the type of economy and society that will evolve from these investments.
Clackamas Sellwood Bridge fee: Free rider problem exemplified.
Clackamas voters understood that the new bridge would be built anyway, why not get others to pay for it and get to use it for free? This is the classic free-rider problem in economics with public goods.