Protesters object to tax dollars funding the Port of Lewiston

Protesters object to tax dollars funding the Port of Lewiston »Play Video
Protesters said their anger is directed toward the federal government, who granted the port $1.3 million.
LEWISTON, ID - A group of protesters crowded the entrance to the Port of Lewiston Wednesday chanting and holding up signs in outrage regarding a recent port grant.

Protesters said their anger is directed toward the federal government, who granted the port $1.3 million for the inland port improvement on the Columbia/Snake River System. Protestors said spending millions of taxpayer dollars for a port that's not producing jobs or enough shipments is a substantial waste of money.

"The port continues to prove that it is not a job maker and it is in fact a money loser," said protester Brett Haverstick. "Even from a common person's perspective, dock extension makes no sense. Where is the business?"

Protesters also showed their disapproval of the grant voicing their concerns about more megaload traffic and the negative impact it inflicts on the environment. The activists also provided onlookers with informational sheets explaining why they believe the Port of Lewiston extension is a bad idea.