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Gov. Implements Oregon Hiring Freeze

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s administration has implemented a hiring freeze and other cost-cutting measures.

Rob Manning / OPB

The governor ordered the freeze yesterday at the request of legislative budget leaders. A memo to agency heads says positions “essential to the state’s business” will be filled. But new classes of state troopers will be cancelled, and any new hire will have to be approved by a committee.

The governor also suspended new enrollments in the Oregon Health Plan’s “Standard” program, which provides health coverage for people without private insurance who don’t quite meet the qualifications for Medicaid.

A program providing day care funding for working parents won’t take new enrollment, along with Project Independence, which helps seniors and people with disabilities live in their own homes.

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