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Kitzhaber Urges Lawmakers To Keep Cooperating, Take Up Tough Issues

  SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is urging state lawmakers to maintain bipartisan cooperation even though Democrats now control both chambers of the legislature. The governor made the comments in his annual State-of-the-State Address to a joint assembly Monday.

He told lawmakers they’ve made progress on a number of issues while the Oregon House has been evenly divided.

“Over the past two years, this body has demonstrated that it is not only possible to disagree agreeably, but to move beyond what divides us and build instead on what unites us.”

Kitzhaber made his case for proposals on job creation, public education and fiscal discipline. He acknowledged his plans to cut costs in public sector pensions are controversial, but he said they are necessary for the health of the retirement system.

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