John Kitzhaber

Oregon Public Pensions
4:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber meets with education and business leaders in Hillsboro.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is hitting the road with his push for additional legislative action to curb public pension costs. The Democrat visited with local leaders in Hillsboro Friday.

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Public Safety Bill
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Public Safety Package Into Law

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signs HB 3194 into law.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

If projections are correct, Oregon will need to build fewer prison beds under a new law.

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Oregon Budget
3:59 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Still No Agreement On Revenue, Pensions In Oregon Legislature

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:54 pm

Oregon lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on money for K-12 education. But final approval of the spending plan likely won't happen until later this month.

On the table right now is $6.75 billion for Oregon schools. That's a sizable jump over the current spending plan. But some of the state's largest districts say even with that increase, they'd still need to cut teachers or school days.

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Oregon Budget
4:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 4:20 pm

On the eve of a new state revenue forecast, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is putting pressure on state lawmakers to reach a deal over taxes and public pensions. The Democrat proposed a compromise Wednesday aimed at pleasing Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.

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Tribal Casinos
4:47 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Coquille Tribe Defends Proposal For A Second Casino

The Coquille tribe is meeting with local officials this week to discuss their proposal to build a casino in Medford. It would be the tribe’s second casino, and could end an informal agreement that has limited gambling in Oregon.

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Sales Tax Proposal
5:27 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Hear Sales Tax Proposal

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:22 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber told lawmakers Monday to approach a possible sales tax with caution. Oregon is one of five states without a sales tax and critics say that leaves state finances vulnerable to economic ups and downs.

The governor told a Senate panel that a sales tax is one possible component of a major overhaul to the state's tax code. But he said it can only happen if Oregonians are on-board.

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'Tuition Equity' Bill
4:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'Tuition Equity' Signed, Driver Licenses For Undocumented Workers Introduced

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signs the state's 'tuition equity' bill.
Credit Office of the Governor

Students in the country illegally can now pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed what’s known as the “tuition equity” bill into law Tuesday at a crowded ceremony in Salem.

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Oregon Education Funding
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Education Leaders See Potential For "Adequate" School Funding, But Cuts Possible, Too

The latest state budget plans released Monday in Salem are drawing mixed reviews from the education community.

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Oregon Death Penalty
4:47 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Death Penalty Repeal

Oregon Department of Corrections

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. – More than a year ago, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stunned people by enacting a moratorium on the death penalty. It happened just weeks before the scheduled execution of two-time murderer Gary Haugen. At a hearing Tuesday, lawmakers took up the question of whether to ask voters to repeal the death penalty altogether. But it’s not clear whether that will actually happen.

Dan Bryant knows the unique pain of learning a loved one has been murdered. His mother was stabbed to death by a mentally-ill relative in 1998.

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Oregon Water Projects
4:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Water Eastern Oregon Water Plan

Governor John Kitzhaber signed a plan that will move several eastern Oregon water projects one step forward.

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