At 10 a.m. Monday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released his proposed 2015-2017 budget. The governor wants to beef up education spending to strengthen early childhood education and increase third-grade reading levels and high school graduation rates. He’s also proposing an expansion of the working families tax credit and increased funding for housing homeless families.
Rural Oregon’s economy is another focus of the governor’s budget, with over $200 million targeted for rural communities. Kitzhaber is relying on a projected 12 percent general fund increase and cost savings associated with Coordinated Care Organizations.
We’ll check in with OPB reporter Chris Lehman who attended the governor’s briefing Monday morning.