Adjusted State Budget to Focus on Housing, Health Care Among Other Issues

Earlier last month, the Oregon House of Representatives adjourned a 27-day legislative session focused on emergent needs and adjustments to the 2017-19 budget.

“The session was marked by a clear effort to take practical steps that keep Oregon moving forward, build strong communities, and protect the most vulnerable Oregonians,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-North/NE Portland). “Since Oregon continues to face sweeping changes at the national level, we made sure we were spending responsibly given anticipated budget challenges next year and chose to make prudent investments to build a future where everyone has access to the best that Oregon has to offer.”

The legislature is poised to deposit $200 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund and used a one-time $140 million infusion to pay down the state’s pension debt, with a majority of that money going into the new School District Unfunded Liability Fund.

In addition, lawmakers put together a $25.5 million package to improve the safety and well-being of Oregon’s foster children. There were also investments in rural economic development and higher education, and the state strengthened its commitment to the environment and clean energy.

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