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It's Time: Oregon Governor Calls On Legislature To Pass Budget

Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday.
Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network
Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday.

Oregon’s legislature is struggling to pass a budget and the session is scheduled to end in a month. But Gov. Kate Brown said it’s too early to call for a special session.

“It is four weeks,” she said. “It is time to start passing budgets.”

Brown slapped the top of a conference room table to emphasize how she feels about where lawmakers are in this year’s legislative process.

The governor said her priorities include full funding for Oregon’s healthcare plan, containing the cost of growth in state government and passing a state transportation package.

Lawmakers are struggling to fill a $1.4-billion budget gap over the next two years. 

Brown also used the weather as an analogy for what may or may not happen in the next month.

“I have to say the sunshine of last week and early this week, I think encourages legislators to want to wrap up their business and balance the budget,” she said. “But I don’t know what the rain is going do over the next couple of days.”

Oregon’s legislative session must end July 10.

Copyright 2017 Northwest News Network

Emily Schwing
Emily Schwing comes to the Inland Northwest by way of Alaska, where she covered social and environmental issues with an Arctic spin as well as natural resource development, wildlife management and Alaska Native issues for nearly a decade. Her work has been heard on National Public Radio’s programs like “Morning Edition” and “All things Considered.” She has also filed for Public Radio International’s “The World,” American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and various programs produced by the BBC and the CBC. She has also filed stories for Scientific American, Al Jazeera America and Arctic Deeply.