The legislative session in Washington is nearing its end, but lawmakers in Olympia still have a lot to do – like finalizing changes to the state's budget and deciding what to do with three voter initiatives.
The Portland Clean Energy Fund committee has recommended spending hundreds of millions of dollars on climate-related city programs. Some commissioners want to change city code so they can spend on other priorities
With city bureau budgets due in mid-February, Portland officials are looking to the city’s clean energy fund to help fill financial gaps and ensure the spending fulfills the clean energy funds’ intent.
Mayor Ted Wheeler's budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which he sent to the press Wednesday, stretches from July 1 of this year through the end of June 2023. Of the $6.7 billion available, the mayor had $621 million in “General Fund discretionary” resources, meaning there are few limitations on how the money can be spent.