▶️ Brown delivers final State of the State address

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s term-limited Gov. Kate Brown says her priorities for her final year in office include preserving and creating affordable housing, preparing for and recovering from climate-related disasters, bolstering the state’s workforce and providing accessible child care.

Brown’s speech highlighted key policy and budget initiatives focused on helping working families, including:

  • Future Ready Oregon: a $200 million investment in job training with a focus on key Oregon industries in need of skilled workers;
  • A $400 million investment in affordable housing;
  • A $100 million investment in child care; and
  • Continuing to invest in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from climate-related disasters.

The Democrat’s State of the State address on Thursday marks the start of Oregon’s 35-day legislative session.

Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol on Tuesday to begin discussions on a progressive and ambitious list of spending packages and bills.

Brown became Oregon’s governor in 2015 after then-governor John Kitzhaber resigned.

Brown’s term ends Jan. 9, 2023.

 

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