Erika Bolstad, Stateline
Erika Bolstad is a Stateline correspondent based in Portland, Oregon and the author of Windfall, published by Sourcebooks in 2023. Previously, she wrote for E&E News, the McClatchy Washington Bureau and the Miami Herald.
Big federal dollars for small state projects aim to get more cars off the roads
By: Erika Bolstad, Stateline - October 16, 2023
A 60-mile pedestrian and cycling trail in Arkansas, an electric street sweeper in Oregon and truck parking facilities in Florida don’t appear to have much in common — let alone any similarity with a conversion of California highways to toll roads or a roundabout in Michigan. But all of the projects will be paid for […]
Drug decriminalization stumbled in Oregon. Other states are taking note.
By: Erika Bolstad, Stateline - September 28, 2023
PORTLAND, Ore. — Just before Portland’s city council approved a ban on public drug use last week, Mayor Ted Wheeler described what he’d observed on his way to work that afternoon: “The last time I saw somebody consuming what I believe to be fentanyl publicly on our streets was less than five minutes ago, three […]
States sweeten their offers to chipmakers to outdo one other
By: Erika Bolstad, Stateline - September 19, 2023
HILLSBORO, Ore. — “Oregon’s been at this for decades,” the governor’s office assures potential investors in its so-called Silicon Forest. The Lone Star State’s governor calls it a “race that Texas must win for our state, our workforce, our national security, and our future.” And New York’s governor boasts on the state’s YouTube channel that […]