Category Archives: Office of the Governor

Oregon hit with class action lawsuit over short school days for students with disabilities

Oregon is denying hundreds of students with disabilities the right to a full school day in violation of federal laws, and state education officials need to ensure that schools can and do provide them the complete and meaningful education to which they are entitled, say the advocates and parents behind a federal class action lawsuit […]
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Editorial: Brown must stand firm on health insurance

Two years ago the Oregon Legislature made the benefits package offered to public employees a bit less generous. Now Gov. Kate Brown is talking about going back to the old, easy money ways. She should resist the temptation. Source: Editorial: Brown must stand firm on health insurance;

Gov. Kate Brown Asks Legislators to Prioritize Funding Medicaid, Expects Voters To Decide On Cigarette Tax

Gov. Kate Brown asked legislators on Friday to prioritize funding the Oregon Health Plan within the first few weeks of the legislative session. To cover the $950 million Medicaid budget gap, the governor proposed in her 2019-2021 budget to increase taxes on large hospitals and insurance plans, raising cigarette taxes and taxing employers who do […]
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Brown says education funding, reform top legislative issue

Oregon House Democrats, GOP detail priorities. Gov. Kate Brown said boosting funding for Oregon’s struggling education system is her No. 1 priority heading into the 2019 Legislature. Brown, speaking at The Associated Press Legislative Preview, said Friday “the time is now for us to make significant investments in our education system.” Source: Brown says education […]
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Brown: ‘Together we can build a better Oregon’

Governor urges lawmakers to find solutions to tough issues of homelessness and climate change. Gov. Kate Brown wants the state to get ambitious about solving major challenges such as a homelessness, challenging legislators Monday in her state of the state address before hundreds of lawmakers, their families and the public in a packed House chamber. […]
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Gov. Kate Brown sworn in, says it’s time to put Oregon on a ‘better path forward’

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hit on many familiar themes Monday during her second inaugural address, touching on the state’s robust economy and the need to shore up schools. She noted that her swearing in marked “my final four years as governor,” since she cannot run again in 2022. Brown was first elected to lead the […]
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Gov. Kate Brown Kicks Off Her Final Four-Year Term With Modest Proposals

The Democratic leader wants immediate money for the homeless, pledges campaign reform and education funding hike. Gov. Kate Brown today presented her inaugural address to the 80th Oregon Legislature. Brown, a Democrat who defeated Republican Knute Buehler handily in November, spoke to the biggest Democratic majorities any Oregon governor has enjoyed in decades. Source: Gov. […]
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In Inaugural, Gov. Kate Brown Demands Big Changes For Oregon

For the first time in her tenure, Gov. Kate Brown has a full four-year term stretching ahead of her — and the State of the State address she gave Monday reflected an ambitious agenda from raising billions to stabilize the state’s public schools to curbing carbon emissions. Source: In Inaugural, Gov. Kate Brown Demands Big […]
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Health care, education among priorities for Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown marked the beginning of her final term in office Monday by calling on lawmakers to take advantage of Oregon’s strong economy and make significant investments in several key areas. “Health care, housing, protecting our environment, defending our democracy, and investing in our children. These are fundamentals,” Brown said. “But solving the problems before […]
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The text of Gov. Kate Brown’s inaugural address

Inaugural Address as prepared for delivery January 14, 2019 Good afternoon everyone. Thank you all so much for being here. Source: The text of Gov. Kate Brown’s inaugural address