Kitzhaber Continues Public Pressure On Key Bills

Feb 24, 2012

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is keeping up the public pressure on lawmakers to pass some of his major policy proposals this session. For the second day in a row, the Democrat held a state capitol press conference to urge the legislature to pass bills that have been stuck in committee.

Kitzhaber's focus Friday was on education. He says two measures to revamp the way the state oversees schools have not yet received a vote by lawmakers.

"They must not turn their backs on our teachers, on our advocates," Kitzhaber said. "Most importantly, they should not turn their backs on our children."

Separately, the governor and lawmakers say they have an agreement over how to rebalance the current Oregon spending plan. Legislative budget-writers released a plan late Thursday that would restore some previously proposed cuts, including a minimum security prison in Salem that had been on the chopping block.

The proposal relies on targeted cuts to some social service programs and other state agencies. Expected revenues have fallen by more than $300 million since the end of last year's legislative session.

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