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  • Governors Commit to Protect Clean Air and Clean Water
    Salem, OR—Today, five governors joined together to commit to protecting the federal Clean Air and Water Acts in their states. After announcing in October that Oregon would adopt the standards of the Clean Air and Clean Wat… , Governor Kate Brown is now joined by Governors Jerry Brown of California, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, David Ige of Hawaii, and Jay Inslee of Washington in ensuring the federal government cannot roll back the regulations that protect the health of future generations. The governors are calling on other states to join them in committing to protect the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Now more than ever, states are well positioned to take a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core environmental standards protecting water and air. States have a clear interest in protecting clean air and clean water, and their legislatures and administrative agencies have implemented elements of clean air and water legislation since the 1970s. The letter signed by all five governors reads in part: "For over a generation, Americans have enjoyed the protection of these signature environmental laws. Through science and research, we have learned more about how the health of the environment affects the health of people, particularly children and the elderly. Since the 1970s, clean air and clean water standards have advanced to reflect the science and protect people. For the first time in history, these standards are being rolled back at the federal level, and we now face threats to the basic underpinnings of the ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-31
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Honor the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Salem, OR—Governor Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset on October 31, 2018 to honor the victims of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Places of worship should be places of safety and refuge," said Governor Brown. "But today, yet another has become a place for tragedy. While we grieve for these families, we must also resolve, as a nation, to take the bold steps necessary to end gun violence." ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-26
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Blocking Offshore Oil Drilling
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today issued an executive order blocking offshore oil drilling off Oregon's coast. The executive order directs state agencies to protect Oregon's coastal economy by preventing activities associated with offshore oil and gas drilling. The threat of offshore oil and gas drilling directly threatens coastal economies, marine fisheries, the environment, public health and safety, and cultural resources. Governor Brown has sought an exemption for Oregon from the Trump Administration's proposal for offshore drilling - similar to the exemption Florida received. But Oregon has not received such an exemption. "Oregonians have a long and proud history of standing up to defend our state. And at a time when the Trump administration is trying to allow oil rigs to be built off nearly every coastline in America, I’m tired of waiting for the federal government to come to its senses and realize that this is a terrible mistake. Today, I have signed an executive order to permanently ban offshore drilling along the Oregon coast. This executive order will make it clear to oil and gas speculators that Oregon is not for sale," said Governor Brown. The Oregon Coast is an extremely important economic and recreational asset to our state, supporting approximately 22,000 jobs in its $2 billion coastal tourism and recreational industry, and more than 5,500 jobs in its $320 million commercial and recreational marine fishery. The Oregon Coast also provides an essential habitat for diverse species of plants and animals that depend on its unique ecosystems. READ: Executive ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-24
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Releases Addiction and Recovery Agenda
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released her plan to improve the health of Oregonians struggling with substance use by becoming a model state for prevention, treatment, and recovery. "Too many Oregonians suffer from and struggle with the far-reaching effects of drug and alcohol addiction, especially families in our foster care system and our underserved and rural communities, compounded by the damaging stigma associated with the disease of addiction," said Governor Brown. "Recovery looks different for every individual, and we must turn the tide on this crisis by ensuring access to the right treatment at the right time." Governor Brown's priorities include: • reducing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) for 75,000 Oregonians in five years • improving standards of care and access to treatment for Oregonians with SUD • fixing treatment structures and certification standards • making key investments in services that support individuals in recovery • continue to lead in the fight against the opioid epidemic Governor Brown's Substance Use Policy Agenda and several other detailed policy plans can be found at www.ActionPlanForOregon.com . ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-22
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Releases Plan to Improve Oregon's Transportation System
    Highlights include support for high speed rail, electric vehicles, and the reduction of diesel emissions Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released her plan to ensure Oregon has an innovative transportation system that helps grow our economy and meet Oregon’s climate goals. Governor Brown's priorities include: establishing high-speed rail throughout the northwest; making progress towards replacing the Interstate Bridge; and reducing diesel emissions from heavy-duty trucks. "After passing a historic transportation package in 2017, the transportation system in Oregon is undergoing the biggest technological transformation in a century. We must remain at the cutting edge to help people get to their jobs, get their kids to school, and transport goods to market in a timely and safe manner," said Governor Brown. "The plan I've released maps out how we as a state will do this while meeting the challenge of climate change at the same time." READ: Transportation Policy Agenda: Meeting Oregon’s Tra… Governor Brown's plan to achieve her vision details the following goals: 1. Deliver on-time, on-budget implementation of the $5.3 billion statewide transportation package, including construction and maintenance of critical roads and bridges, and a major new statewide transit program. 2. Tackle congestion with multimodal solutions on existing facilities and strategic additions to capacity. 3. Support broad innovation in the transportation sector. 4. Put 50,000 electric vehicles on Oregon roads by 2020. 5. Maintain a strong Oregon trucking industry while addressing the health impacts of diesel emissions. 6. Utilize aviation to support rural Oregon and resiliency. 7. Bring high ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-17
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Releases Plan to Prepare Oregon for Massive Earthquake
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released a plan to prepare Oregon for the expected Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. An earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone could reach magnitude 9.0 or greater and create a tsunami that will devastate the Oregon coast. Governor Brown's goal is to prepare all Oregonians to survive and recover from the expected 9.0 magnitude Cascadia earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Governor Brown's plan to prepare and several other detailed policy plans can be found at www.ActionPlanForOregon.com . Highlights of Governor's Brown plan are: • Making sure 250,000 vulnerable homes in Oregon have 2-weeks of supplies by 2021. • Activating a statewide earthquake early warning system by 2023. • Make more investments in seismic upgrades of schools and emergency services buildings throughout Oregon. READ: Governor Brown's full plan "When the next Cascadia subduction zone earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest, Oregon will face the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Oregon’s buildings, transportation network, utilities, and population are not as ready as they should be and we must accelerate our preparations," said Governor Brown. "My priority is to get Oregonians ready to survive while ensuring our state government and economy are able to weather such a devastating event." ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-15
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Klondike Fire
    Salem, OR—At 9:16 p.m. Sunday, Governor Kate Brown approved an emergency conflagration declaration for the Klondike Fire in Curry County. At the time of the declaration, 100 homes in Agness were threatened and some were under level 3 mandatory evacuation orders. "To ensure the safety of those in harms way and their homes, I am invoking an emergency conflagration declaration for the Klondike Fire, " said Governor Brown. "This declaration will send additional resources to the front lines of the fire. Please keep the families displaced by this fire and the firefighters on the scene in your thoughts as we continue to experience an active wildfire season." In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to a life, safety, and property exists due to fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-14
    6 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Winner of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Contest
    Hillsboro, OR—In a surprise announcement, Governor Kate Brown today named Brigette Harrington the winner of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree contest. Governor Brown surprised Brigette and her fourth grade class at Jackson Elementary School on Monday morning. More than 1,200 fourth graders from across the state submitted essays about why they love Oregon's outdoors in hopes of winning a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and light Oregon's tree this December. "It was exciting to have so many young Oregonians submit essays about our beautiful state. Oregonians have a strong tradition of exploring our outdoor spaces and I'm excited to see this continue in the next generation of Oregon explorers," said Governor Brown. "I particularly loved Brigette's reflections on Oregon's four seasons, and I am thrilled that she will be representing all Oregonians at the U.S. Capitol." Each year, a different national forest is chosen to provide "The People's Tree" for the holiday season. As the nation's largest producer of Christmas trees, it is a great honor to have a tree from Oregon's Willamette National Forest displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The contest was organized in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, and sponsored by the non-profit organization, Choose Outdoors. For additional information: www.capitolchristmastree.com Read Brigette's winning entry here. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-14
    6 months ago
  • Governor Brown Announces Washington County Circuit Court Vacancy
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Kirsten Thompson. The Governor thanked Judge Thompson for her dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Thompson’s retirement takes effect February 1, 2019. Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Ste. 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. Please note that the judicial interest form has been updated. Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041(2) further provides: “[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • Governor Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 7 in recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. "This has been an especially difficult wildfire season, and for many Oregonians, the road to recovery is just beginning," Governor Brown said. "I am thankful for the service of brave men and women who protect our land, our communities, and their fellow Oregonians. We honor the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and pause for loved ones of those lost." ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-04
    7 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Announces the Oregon Environmental Protection Act
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the Oregon Environmental Protection Act , legislation that adopts the standards of the federal Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act into state law. The legislation ensures the federal environmental standards of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts that were in place and effective as of January 19, 2017, before President Trump took office, shall remain in effect and be enforceable under state law even if the federal government rolls the standards back. “Over the past two years Oregonians have witnessed an unprecedented and aggressive attack on clean air standards, clean water standards, and federal efforts to fight climate change. In Oregon, that rollback stops now. Under my leadership, Oregon will stand for clean air and clean water, and we will defend the health of our children and our children’s children,” said Governor Brown. Governor Brown calls on her elected colleagues across the country to take similar action to protect the nation’s air and water. States are well positioned to take a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core environmental standards protecting water and air. States have a clear interest in protecting clean air and clean water, and their legislatures and administrative agencies have implemented elements of clean air and water legislation since the 1970s. READ: Oregon Environmental Defense Act policy briefing BACKGROUND In the 1970s Congress passed key legislation that protects human health and the environment including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Those laws have been ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-10-02
    7 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Action Plan for Oregon
    ActionPlanforOregon.com launched to detail Governor Brown's strategies for moving Oregon forward Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today launched ActionPlanforOregon.com as a central location to share her vision for Oregon and her strategy to achieve it with Oregonians. ActionPlanforOregon.com will be regularly updated as new policy agendas are released. In addition to agendas for health care, education, child welfare, housing, and homelessness policy, today Governor Brown released detailed plans for modernizing Oregon's information technology (IT) infrastructure and procurement practices. The procurement policy agenda details how the state will make the most of every taxpayer dollar when purchasing goods and services. Currently, Oregon’s state agencies spend about $8 billion each biennium purchasing goods and services. This amount represents approximately 10 percent of the state budget—close to the amount of state funds spent on the K-12 education system. Creating efficiency in procurement brings a tremendous opportunity to save money, opening up more state funds to be spent directly on education or critical social services that help Oregon’s families. State agencies run hundreds of different IT systems and the age and code bases of these software systems vary widely. Numerous systems, including one used by the Department of Corrections, use software that runs on 30-year old “green screens." Other agencies, including the new tax system at the Oregon Department of Revenue, are brand new and cloud-based. Governor Brown's strategy for modernizing the state's information technology infrastructure details best practices and proposes an improved structure to deliver the wide range of services the state manages, while ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-30
    7 months ago
  • Governor Brown Appoints Bradley Cascagnette to Lane County Bench, Paige Clarkson as District Attorney of Marion County
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Bradley A. Cascagnette to the Lane County Circuit Court and Paige E. Clarkson to be District Attorney of Marion County. Mr. Cascagnette, a criminal defense lawyer, fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Mustafa T. Kasubhai, which was occasioned by his appointment as a Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court. Ms. Clarkson, a career prosecutor who was elected for a term to begin in January, will complete the term of retiring District Attorney Walt Beglau. Mr. Cascagnette’s appointment is effective immediately; Ms. Clarkson’s appointment is effective October 1. “While Brad Cascagnette and Paige Clarkson come from opposing sides of our criminal justice system, these bright lights of the legal profession have demonstrated a commitment to the fair administration of justice,” Governor Brown said. “These two individuals are the right people for these jobs; the people of Lane and Marion Counties are fortunate to have these two public servants.” Mr. Cascagnette is a partner at the law firm Gardner, Potter, Budge, Spickard & Cascagnette, LLC, where he has represented indigent defendants since 2003. He is also administrator of the Lane County Defense Consortium, a role in which he oversees and coordinates 13 criminal defense lawyers. Mr. Cascagnette received a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a law degree from the University of Oregon Law School. He is a volunteer ski patroller for National Ski Patrol and a mentor to young lawyers through the Oregon State Bar. Ms. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-24
    7 months ago
  • Governor Brown Releases Future Ready Oregon Policy Agenda
    Eugene, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today her Future Ready Oregon Policy Agenda . The Future Ready Oregon initiative is designed to close the skills gap for Oregon’s students and adults by providing the skills and job training they need to obtain good, family-wage jobs. Governor Brown marked the announcement by recognizing Oregon's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Keri Pilgrim Ricker. As a career and technical education health services teacher, Ms. Pilgrim Ricker exemplifies the teaching practices that Governor Brown will replicate statewide using an additional $300 million investment to expand career and technical education and career-connected learning to every high school student in Oregon. "Oregon’s economy is booming, but not every Oregon family feels this success, particularly in rural parts of the state. The gap between the skills Oregonians have and what growing businesses need is holding Oregonians – and our economy – back," said Governor Brown. "To achieve our vision of lifelong learning and skills training, we must commit to making changes in existing employment programs, investments in career and technical education, and workforce training. Businesses must also be given opportunities to invest in industry training systems." The Governor’s Future Ready Oregon policy agenda lays out pathways to: a) ensure every Oregon student graduates high school with a plan for their future, and b) provide opportunities for adult Oregonians to “skill-up” and land a better job, one that local businesses need filled. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-17
    7 months ago
  • Governor Brown Announces Oregon Supreme Court Vacancy
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today she is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Rives Kistler. The retirement of Justice Kistler is effective December 31, 2018, and the appointee will begin service immediately thereafter. Interested applicants should mail or deliver an Appellate/Supreme Court Interest form to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Suite 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be deemed timely received so long as a later-received original and signed form is postmarked by the closing date. You must use the Appellate/Supreme Court Interest form and not the Circuit Court Interest form. Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. ORS 2.020 provides that a judge of the Supreme Court must be a citizen of the United States, have resided in Oregon for at least three years before their appointment, and have been admitted to practice in Oregon before standing for election. To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or [email protected]. The Appellate/Supreme Court Judicial Interest Form is available online . ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-12
    7 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Releases Strategies to Support Children, Families
    Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released new strategies to support Oregon’s children. The goal of the Governor’s Children’s Agenda is to help struggling families end the cycle of poverty and set children ages zero to five on a path to thrive through improved health care, early learning, and housing stability. The Governor’s Child Welfare Agenda focuses on realigning the system that keeps Oregon’s children safe and families together. "In my time as Governor, I’ve had the chance to meet with families across the state and hear first-hand about their struggles and challenges. We need to create a more resilient system that recognizes the precarious conditions facing kids and families in poverty: they are often one accident, health issue, job loss or large rent increase away from having a major disruption to their lives," said Governor Brown. "What has become clear to me is that we need a two-generation approach that supports both vulnerable kids and their families. We can reduce poverty and support family stability by better integrating the services they receive and closing opportunity gaps." The Governor’s Children’s Agenda builds on existing programs to both address root causes of family instability and create a more resilient safety net that helps kids and families who face increased challenges. The Children's Cabinet identified evidence-based solutions that provide the biggest return on investment toward helping families achieve success. READ THE GOVERNOR'S CHILDREN'S AGENDA READ THE GOVERNOR'S CHILD WELFARE AGENDA ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-11
    7 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown ordered flags at all public institutions throughout Oregon to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, Sept. 11 for Patriot Day. "Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that each of us will never forget,” said Governor Brown. "Dan and I encourage all Oregonians to take a moment to honor the lives of those lost on that horrific day. We hope their families continue to find love and comfort." By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated September 11th of each year as “Patriot Day” which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11th. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-10
    7 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Releases Strategy to Ensure Access to Affordable Health Care
    Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today released her strategy to ensure that more Oregonians get the he… . "Everyone deserves to have quality, affordable health care, regardless of who they are or where they live," said Governor Brown. "Coverage alone does not create health. We must also improve the conditions in which Oregonians are born, live, learn, work, and age if we want our communities and our state to thrive." Oregon is a national model for health care reform. For nearly a decade, Oregonians have been involved in intense efforts to create a person-centered, coordinated, community-based health care system that focuses on improving individuals’ health while also improving the quality of health care they receive, controlling costs, and eliminating health disparities. Governor Brown's strategies to achieve lower costs and better health include ensuring Oregonians' continued access to health insurance coverage, delivery of effective, integrated care that addresses the social determinants of health, and increased investments in mental health and addiction prevention and treatment. READ THE FULL HEALTH CARE AGENDA HERE ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-06
    8 months ago
  • Governor Brown Announces Linn County Justice Court Vacancy
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Linn County Justice Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Jad Lemhouse. The Governor thanked Judge Lemhouse for his dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Lemhouse’s retirement takes effect December 31, 2018. The Governor’s office will use its standard Circuit Court Interest Form for this Justice Court vacancy. Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Suite 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. ORS 51.240 sets forth the qualifications for office. Applicants should review the statute to confirm their eligibility for appointment. To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or [email protected]. The judicial interest form is also available online . ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-05
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Releases Strategy to End Child Homelessness and Increase Housing Affordability
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced her strategy to prioritize ending homelessness for children and veterans, and to increase housing affordability for all Oregonians. "There is no single solution—not one entity, or one person—that can solve the crises across the housing spectrum, from homelessness to stable rental housing to increasing homeownership," said Governor Brown. "To get people quickly off the street and into permanent homes, it takes collaboration from community partners, from employers and business leaders, every level of government, and concerned citizens. We come from all different walks of life and backgrounds, but when we act together, we can do anything." Governor Brown’s strategy entails approximately $370 million of state investments, focusing on housing stability for families with children, veterans, the chronically homeless, and rural communities. The strategy focuses on areas where the impacts of the housing shortage are the most acute, running across Oregon’s entire housing spectrum, including individuals and families experiencing homelessness, affordable housing, and market rate housing. Governor Brown's strategies include: ONE: Prioritize Ending Children’s Homelessness Ensure no kid shows up to school after spending the night in a car by ending homelessness for families with children, and investing more resources to help vulnerable families stay in their homes. TWO: House Oregon’s Veterans End veteran homelessness in Oregon by ensuring veterans have an array of options to find and retain housing that meets their needs. THREE: Invest in Permanent Supportive Housing for the Chronically Homeless Move people from street corners and doorways and into homes by ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-03
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Hugo Road Fire
    Salem, OR—At 12:16 a.m. today, Governor Kate Brown approved a conflagration declaration for the Hugo Road Fire burning in Jackson County. At the time of the declaration, 173 structures were under level 3 mandatory evacuation orders, 92 structures were on a level 2 evacuation notice, and 270 structures were on a level 1 evacuation notice. "When life and property are at risk, we as a state must do everything we can to support firefighters and the communities they protect," said Governor Brown. "While Labor Day usually marks the end of summer in Oregon, it doesn't bring an end to wildfire season. I ask all Oregonians to use the utmost caution when working, traveling, and camping throughout the state." In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-09-02
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Sets Goals for Oregon's Schools
    New strategies include expansion of preschool, career and technical education, and school year; reduction of K-3 class sizes Portland, OR—Welcoming students to Madison High School today, Governor Kate Brown announced her strategy for creating a seamless system of educati… . "In my time as Governor, I’ve been around the state, listening to teachers, students, parents, school districts, and community partners," said Governor Brown. "We all agree that Oregon as a state can only reach its potential when our kids reach theirs. Education drives opportunity. To do that, we need to: improve high school graduation rates by making sure students graduate with a plan for their future; create a seamless system of education, serving our kids from preschool through higher education; and ensure our educator workforce and teacher pipeline is reflective of the growing and changing face of Oregon. "To reach these goals, my strategy includes: guaranteed preschool for low income children; improved class sizes in kindergarten through third grade; implementing a full, 180-day school year; and increased investments in career technical education and post-secondary pathways." Governor Brown’s agenda for creating a seamless system of education is grounded in best practice research and data-driven analysis. It is also informed by student voice and experience, and the insights and expertise gleaned by parents and educators in communities across Oregon. A multi-pronged approach is essential to address the needs relating to the “whole child," as no single solution will change the future of Oregon’s students. Woven throughout all of these efforts must be ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-26
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Senator John McCain
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on August 27 in honor of Senator John McCain. "Yesterday we lost an American hero. Senator McCain's maverick sensibility meant he faced disagreement from both sides of the aisle. But, regardless of where he stood, his colleagues always knew his style was deeply rooted in an unflinching commitment to our country," Governor Kate Brown said. "Dan and I are sending condolences to the entire McCain family during this difficult time. May his legacy continue to live on." ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-25
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA)
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Kelly Fitzpatrick as the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), effective September 4, 2018. “I am thrilled to welcome Kelly as our new ODVA director. Kelly’s unique skill set makes her a perfect fit to reach Oregon’s diverse community of veterans,” Governor Brown said. “I look forward to welcoming Kelly, who brings deep military, executive-level, and leadership experiences that will ensure our state services are responsive to the needs of all Oregonian veterans.” Currently, Fitzpatrick serves as U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s Constituent Services Representative for Veterans’ and Military issues. Before working for Senator Merkley, she worked in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence with the Department of Defense. Fitzpatrick also served in the National Security Agency in the Legislative Affairs Office as Congressional Liaison. She is a retired Army major. During her military service she held various command and staff positions in the US and abroad, and was the Public Affairs Officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Fort Stewart, Georgia. Fitzpatrick also served as Adjutant General for the 19th Support Command in South Korea. Fitzpatrick holds a law degree from University of Maryland School of Law, a master’s from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Fitzpatrick has received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and was appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow. In military service, ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-22
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Ramsay Canyon Fire
    Salem, OR—At 8:08 p.m. today, Governor Kate Brown approved an emergency conflagration declaration for the Ramsay Canyon Fire in Jackson County burning outside Gold Hill. At the time of the declaration, up to 200 homes were threatened, some under level 3 and some under level 2 notices. "To ensure the safety of Jackson county residents, I am invoking the emergency conflagration declaration for the Ramsay Canyon Fire," said Governor Kate Brown. "With the ongoing fires across the state, I urge Oregonians to remain vigilant and safe during the active wildfire season." In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-21
    8 months ago
  • Governor Brown Appoints Laura Cromwell to Jackson County Circuit Court
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Laura A. Cromwell to the Jackson County Circuit Court. Ms. Cromwell will fill the vacancy created by Judge Patricia Crain’s retirement. Her appointment is effective September 1. “Laura Cromwell is a hard-working prosecutor with unbounded talent, who is both compassionate and fair,” Governor Brown said. “I have no doubt that she will serve the people of Jackson County well as a circuit court judge.” Ms. Cromwell grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before moving to Oregon to attend college at Willamette University. After graduating from Willamette, she earned her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Since 2007, Ms. Cromwell has prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Jackson County. In recent years, she has served as the county’s first Mental Health Deputy District Attorney, representing her office in all mental health related cases, as well as civil commitment hearings. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-20
    8 months ago
  • Governor Brown Appoints Debra Velure to Lane County Circuit Court
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Debra E. Velure to the Lane County Circuit Court. Ms. Velure will fill the vacancy created by Judge Karsten H. Rasmussen’s retirement. Her appointment is effective immediately. “Debra Velure brings a wealth of civil litigation experience, an even-keeled approach, and a deep commitment to her community,” Governor Brown said. “I am so pleased that she is willing to serve the people of Lane County in her new role as circuit court judge.” Ms. Velure is a trial attorney in the Law Office of Julie D. Elkins, where she represents Farmers Insurance. During her twenty-five year legal career, Ms. Velure has litigated a wide range of matters, including personal injury cases, tort claims, complex business litigation, and employment law issues. She also served as a pro tem judge for the Lane County Circuit Court from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Velure earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, and her law degree from the University of Oregon. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Velure has been active in professional and community activities. She is past president of Oregon Women Lawyers, was a member of the City of Eugene’s Civilian Review Board, and currently serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Local Disciplinary Board and Board of Accountancy. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-14
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Stubblefield Fire
    Salem, OR—At 2:58 p.m. today, Governor Kate Brown declared the Stubblefield fire to be a conflagration emergency. The Stubblefield fire is burning in Gilliam County. The conflagration emergency will deploy additional state resources to the scene. "Due to the amount of fire burning throughout the state and in Gilliam County, I am sending additional resources to the scene to ensure teams on the ground have all the tools in the toolbox to keep families safe and protect values at risk. Local resources have responded to numerous fires and we are responding due to the severe draw down in local mutual aid resources currently available. This has been an incredibly difficult wildfire season and I urge Oregonians to do all they can to remain vigilant, be safe and smart," said Governor Brown. In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-14
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Memaloose #2 Fire
    Salem, OR—At 8:55 a.m. today, Governor Brown declared the Memaloose #2 fire to be a Conflagration Emergency. The Memaloose #2 fire is burning near Mosier and threatens at least 70 homes. With 35 mph gusts predicted, Governor Brown determined additional resources were necessary to protect lives and homes in the area. "As this fire moves towards homes near Mosier, I am sending additional resources to the scene so crews can attack it quickly as weather conditions worsen. While firefighters work to keep families safe and protect these homes, I ask Oregonians to do their part: honor all fire restrictions and be cautious as they travel throughout our state," said Governor Brown. In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-08-10
    8 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the South Valley Fire
    Salem, OR—At 5:16 p.m. today, Governor Kate Brown approved a conflagration declaration for the South Valley Fire burning in Wasco County near the town of Dufur. Winds up to approximately 45 miles per hour moved the fire quickly, consuming homes and outbuildings. At the time of the declaration 100 homes were threatened, and the fire was moving quickly toward highway 197. "I am sending the resources the firefighters need on the ground to ensure they can act swiftly to keep families and homes safe," Governor Brown said. "Early reports are that this may be human caused. Oregonians need to use the utmost caution and remain safe, vigilant, and ensure they are honoring all fire restrictions. People traveling through the area should use extreme caution because of the smoke in the air." In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-31
    9 months ago
  • Governor Brown on Federal Title X Rollbacks on Access to Reproductive Health
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's plan to place funding restrictions on providers of reproductive health care who refer their patients to abortion providers: “In Oregon we have made substantial progress to ensure that all Oregonians have the ability to seek health care and make their own decisions about their health care. “If the Trump gag rule is adopted and legal challenges are unsuccessful, it would leave me no choice but to act in the best interests of the citizens of Oregon and our state law, and withdraw our state’s participation from an unethical, ineffective Title X program that reduces access to essential preventive health services. "I am not turning back on Oregonians’ access to quality health care. Regardless of what this administration does, I am prepared to work toward protecting and continuing access to family planning, reproductive and preventive health care for low-income, and underserved Oregonians.” ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-29
    9 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the appointment of Sophorn Cheang as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for the Governor's Office, effective August 20. "It is important that state government reflect the diversity of Oregon communities," Governor Kate Brown said. "I look forward to welcoming Sophorn, whose experience and expertise will ensure state services are responsive to the needs of all Oregonians, and that state government is an inclusive and welcoming workplace for all employees." Currently, Sophorn serves as Director for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Asian Family Center and Senior Manager for the Community Development Department. Sophorn brings experience in promoting wellness, equity, social justice, and self-sufficiency through education, collaboration, and empowerment for immigrant and refugee communities, as well as communities of color. Sophorn holds an MBA from Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management. She is a cohort member of Emerge Oregon Class of 2018 and in her free time serves as the Executive Director for the Golden Leaf Education Foundation, President of Building Power for Communities of Color, and Treasurer of Red Means Help. OFFICIAL PHOTO ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-26
    9 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Garner Complex Fire
    Moro, OR—Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Garner Complex Fire. The Garner Complex is composed of several fires in Jackson and Josephine County and has burned 6,382 acres and is 8% contained. Governor Brown made the declaration at 5:49 a.m. Saturday morning while traveling to the Substation Fire burning near the Dalles. "Wildfires are burning across the state and several are concentrated in one area spanning Jackson and Josephine counties. With weather conditions helping these fires grow quickly, I have invoked an emergency declaration to make more state resources available to the fire crews on the front lines," Governor Brown said. "I ask Oregonians to remember that preventing wildfires is critical this year. Be cautious and honor all burn bans, and keep our fire crews in your thoughts as they fight to protect our communities and the landscapes that surround them." In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-20
    9 months ago
  • Governor Brown Announces Jackson County Circuit Court Vacancy
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Jackson County Circuit Court, which will be created by the planned retirement of Judge Patricia Crain. The Governor thanked Judge Crain for her dedicated judicial service, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Crain's retirement takes effect August 31, 2018.Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or has a principal office in Jackson County. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or [email protected]. The judicial interest form is also available online . ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-19
    9 months ago
  • Governor Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Substation Fire
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Substation Fire near The Dalles. The Substation Fire has grown to more than 29,000 acres and is impacting Wasco and Sherman Counties. Local authorities issued evacuation notices to impacted residents."To ensure the safety of local residents, and given the dry and windy conditions on the ground, I am invoking an emergency declaration to make additional state resources available to firefighters and first responders," Governor Kate Brown said.In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-17
    9 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Declares a Drought Emergency for Wheeler County
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced a drought emergency for Wheeler County due to low snowpack, lack of precipitation, low streamflows, and warming temperatures as wildfires spread throughout Oregon.“Drought conditions and unusually high temperatures could have serious impacts on Wheeler County's economy, as well as natural resources, livestock, and fisheries,” Governor Brown said. “To minimize these impacts and provide support to the community, I'm directing state agencies to work with local and federal partners to provide assistance to Wheeler County.”Wheeler County is the seventh county under a drought emergency this year, joining Klamath, Grant, Harney, Lake, Baker and Douglas Counties. The Governor's drought declaration allows increased flexibility in how water is managed to ensure that limited supplies are used as efficiently as possible. Forecasted water conditions are not expected to improve, and drought is likely to have significant impacts on agriculture, livestock, natural resources, and the local economy. Wheeler County officials requested the state to take action on July 12, and the Oregon Drought Council considered the counties' requests by weighing current water conditions, future climatic forecasts, and agricultural impacts.Oregon's state agencies will continue to work with local governments and other partners to coordinate efforts and mobilize actions to address drought-related issues. The Governor's drought declaration authorizes state agencies to expedite water management tools to which users would not otherwise have access. As state and local officials coordinate with federal partners, conditions will be closely monitored by the state's natural resource and public safety agencies, including the Oregon Water Resources ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-17
    9 months ago
  • Governor Brown Activates Operation Plan Smokey
    Oregon National Guard ordered to support crews battling wildfires across the state Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today declared a statewide wildfire emergency, which activates Operation Plan Smokey to make Oregon National Guard (ONG) troops and resources available to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). At the request of ODF, aviation assets will be made available to wildfire crews in Oregon. ONG ground troops have not yet been requested but are now available if wildfire conditions worsen. "The wildfire season has escalated in Oregon much earlier normal, and crews are working around the clock to keep homes and resources safe," Governor Kate Brown said. "Given drought conditions and hotter than usual temperatures, Oregonians should be prepared for an intense wildfire season this year. I'm committed to making state resources available to ensure crews have the resources they need, and I also urge the public to be mindful of fire restrictions and use caution this summer to help keep Oregon green."Operation Plan Smokey is an agreement between the ONG and the ODF that allows guard resources to be deployed to assist in wildfire management and suppression. Additionally, the emergency declaration allows Office of Emergency Management to coordinate with other states for assets if needed in the future. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-17
    9 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown to Call On Federal Government to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown will visit Oregon Health & Science University and meet with patients receiving life-saving treatments for their pre-existing conditions on Friday, July 6. The Governor will discuss the federal government's refusal to defend health coverage for vulnerable Americans with pre-existing conditions, the latest in a line of attacks aimed at dismantling comprehensive and affordable health care coverage. "Every single one of us has a friend or a loved one with a pre-existing condition such as cancer, a heart condition, or diabetes," Governor Brown said. "Health care coverage is under attack at a federal level, and I will fight to ensure critical protections for those with pre-existing conditions remain intact. It's up to the states to fill the void of leadership on this issue, and we will make our voices heard." In June, Governor Brown led governors from eight other states who voiced their concerns with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his refusal to defend coverage of people with pre-existing medical conditions in a lawsuit brought by a district in Texas against the United States. She also addressed attorneys general from across the United States on the topic.At OHSU, Governor Brown will tour an infusion center and meet with patients with pre-existing conditions, along with their care providers. Members of the media are welcome to attend the press event, which will be immediately followed by a media availability with the governor and OHSU patients. Those who plan to attend or need additional information should contact Press Secretary Kate ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-04
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of the Annapolis Shooting Victims
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on July 3 in honor of the victims of the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland."As the nation grieves for the victims and those involved in the horrible shooting in Annapolis, we are also reminded of the important role played by the press and local reporters," Governor Kate Brown said. "The shooting is a tragic reminder of how common gun violence is in America, and a wake up call that action must be taken by Congress to keep our communities safer."The White House also issued a national flag-order, and the full presidential proclamation is available here . ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-07-02
    10 months ago
  • Governor Brown Appoints Todd Van Rysselberghe to Clackamas County Circuit Court, Kevin Barton as District Attorney of Washington County
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Todd L. Van Rysselberghe to the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Mr. Van Rysselberghe will fill the vacancy created by Judge Robert D. Herndon's retirement, which takes effect June 30, 2018. The appointment is effective immediately thereafter. “Todd Van Rysselberghe's extensive experience in family law, his passion for serving Clackamas County, and his judicial temperament will serve him well as a circuit court judge,” Governor Brown said. “Given his skills and experience, including years of service as a volunteer pro tem judge, I have no doubt that Todd will serve the people of Clackamas County well.” For nearly thirty years, Mr. Van Rysselberghe practiced as a litigator at Kennedy Watts Arellano LLP, specializing in domestic relations matters. He previously clerked for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Herrell, after earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. In recent years, Mr. Van Rysselberghe has volunteered as a circuit court judge pro tem in Clackamas County, assisting the court with its juvenile drug court, attendance court, and domestic relations motion docket. He also has served as a pro tem judge in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Governor Brown also today announced that she will appoint Kevin E. Barton to be District Attorney of Washington County. Mr. Barton ran for the position in the May primary election and won with 68.4 percent of the vote. After the election, incumbent District Attorney Bob Hermann ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-27
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Natural Resources and Education Advisors
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced two new staffers in natural resources and education policy. Amira Streeter will join the Governor's office on July 9 on the Natural Resources team. Pooja Bhatt will begin as an education policy advisor on July 24. Streeter will assume responsibility for liaising with a number of natural resource state agencies. She brings deep experience in brownfields policy, project management and collaborative problem solving, and community engagement and empowerment. Streeter most recently worked as a policy director for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish focusing on issues including: Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up, housing, community development, and public arts and culture. She also has experience in the private and non-profit sectors, having served as a policy analyst and legislative liaison for Representative Lew Frederick, as an Environmental Prosecution Clerk in the U.S. Attorney's Office.She has a law degree from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and a bachelor's degree in environmental science and dance from Skidmore College. Bhatt will work closely with Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps and education-related state agencies to improve high school graduation rates and the educational system across Oregon. In addition to her education background, she has experience in working in policy research, bringing multiple interests together to advance policy and programs that integrate accountability for outcomes, diverse voices from communities, subject matter expertise, and best practices.She joins the Governor's office from a role as a senior policy advisor for ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-26
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Stands with Oregon Union Members
    Salem, OR—In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME today, Governor Kate Brown, Tom Chamberlain (president of Oregon AFL-CIO), John Larson (president of the Oregon Education Association), Melissa Unger (executive director of SEIU Local 503), and Stacy Chamberlain (executive director of Oregon AFSCME), released the following joint statement: “Oregon's economy is thriving, but the rising economic tide is leaving too many behind. Every day, we hear from families struggling to make ends meet, single parents working two jobs to get by, young people buried by student loans, and seniors who've spent down their life savings to keep up with the rising cost of living. “Today, Oregon families face new challenges, but unions are on the forefront, fighting for working families, fair pay, and more affordable housing. Our union members have led the fights to raise the minimum wage, ensure that women and people of color are paid equally and treated fairly in the workplace, and expand access to affordable healthcare. Strong public sector unions have been and will continue to be one of the pillars upon which Oregon's middle class is built. “The Supreme Court's disappointing ruling in the Janus case tips the scale yet again in favor of wealthy special interests, making it even harder for working families to get ahead. Despite that decision, however, Oregon's unions will remain strong as long as union members stick together and continue acting collectively for the common good of all workers. “Oregon's union members stand strong, and will ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-26
    10 months ago
  • Governor Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Graham Fire
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Graham Fire near Lake Billy Chinook and Cove Palisades State Park. A level 3 evacuation notice was issued to local residents."To ensure the safety of Jefferson County residents, and given the dry and windy conditions on the ground, I am invoking an emergency declaration to make additional state resources available to firefighters and local first responders," Governor Kate Brown said.In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire. ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-21
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Speaks Out Against Federal Government on Health Care, Immigration
    Portland, OR—Before Attorneys General from across the country, Governor Kate Brown today spoke out against the Trump Administration's refusal to protect vulnerable Americans' healthcare and immigrants' rights. In an address at the annual gathering of the National Association of Attorneys General, Brown underscored the importance of states' action and leadership in standing up for their people:"Recently, we've seen drastic and unprecedented policy changes from the White House that have taken our nation down a path that no one thought we would see in our lifetimes. "This week, we have seen immigrant children taken from their families, and kept in warehouses, cages, and tents along the border. It's appalling that these children are being used as political pawns by the White House. It's abhorrent the President should then promote his executive order ending the practice of family separations as some sort of victory. "In April, I made it clear that the Oregon National Guard would not be used for political purposes along the border, or to distract from the chaos and confusion of the Trump Administration. "Today, Oregon stands along with 15 other states and the District of Columbia to defend the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. "The dismaying decision by the Trump administration to abandon key elements of the law is a rejection of American voters' voices. It destabilizes our states' insurance markets while putting the health of tens of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions — including as many as 17 million ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-20
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Leads Multi-State Effort to Protect Health Care Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown is leading eight other states in a call to the federal government to stop undermining the health care that Americans across the country rely on. Joined by Governors Inslee (Washington), Bullock (Montana), Cooper (North Carolina), Dayton (Minnesota), Hickenlooper (Colorado), Malloy (Connecticut), Northam (Virginia), and Wolf (Pennsylvania), Brown contacted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to share concerns over his refusal to defend coverage of people with pre-existing medical conditions in a lawsuit brought by a district in Texas against the United States. Oregon, along with 15 other states, is challenging this in court . Governor Brown and her colleagues sent the following letter to Attorney General Sessions: "As governors committed to protecting healthcare access and equity for our citizens, we are gravely concerned by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) refusal to defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) guarantee of health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. The unconscionable decision to abandon defending key elements of the law upends long-held, bipartisan tradition, injects unnecessary uncertainty into our states' insurance markets, and puts the health of tens of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions — including as many as 17 million children — at risk. This decision by the DOJ also reverses President Trump's repeated promise that he would protect people with pre-existing conditions and is yet another example of this Administration's callous attempts to sabotage the healthcare that our constituents depend on. We strongly urge you to reconsider your decision in Texas v. United States ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-19
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Declares Drought Emergencies for Baker and Douglas Counties
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced a drought emergency for Baker and Douglas Counties due to low snowpack and precipitation, low streamflows, and warming temperatures as Oregon braces for the upcoming wildfire season. As drought conditions intensify throughout the state, Douglas County becomes the first region west of the Cascades to receive a drought declaration. Drought emergencies have already been declared in Klamath, Grant, Harney, and Lake Counties.“All signs point to another record-breaking drought and wildfire season for Oregon,” Governor Kate Brown said. “That means we must continue our urgent work to build communities that are ready for the challenges of climate change. I have directed state agencies to stand ready to help and work with local communities to provide assistance."Forecasted water conditions are not expected to improve, and drought is likely to have significant impacts on agriculture, livestock, natural resources, and the local economies. Baker and Douglas County officials requested the state to take action, and the Oregon Drought Council considered the counties' requests by weighing current water conditions, future climatic forecasts, and agricultural impacts.The Governor's drought declaration allows increased flexibility in how water is managed to ensure that limited supplies are used as efficiently as possible. Oregon's state agencies will continue to work with local governments and other partners to coordinate efforts and mobilize actions to address drought-related issues. The Governor's drought declaration authorizes state agencies to expedite water management tools to which users would not otherwise have access.As state and local officials coordinate with federal partners, conditions ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-17
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Delivers Keynote Address at Oregon Tech Graduation
    Klamath Falls, OR—Governor Kate Brown today spoke to the 2018 graduating class of the Oregon Institute of Technology, "Oregon Tech" during the school's 70th commencement ceremony. In the keynote address, Governor Brown highlighted the importance of hands-on learning, which is a central focus of her Future Ready Oregon initiative. “You will all set out on different roads the moment you leave here today, and that is what makes our state such a rich and interesting place to live,” said Governor Brown. “We need all different skills and talents to make the Oregon of our future. You will put Oregon on a path toward prosperity, and you will put us on a path toward a better world.”Future Ready Oregon arms students with the tools they need to graduate and get high-demand jobs. It also closes the skills gap between the skills Oregon's workforce has and the skills Oregon's growing businesses need to build the economy of the future. Oregon Tech provides hands-on training and real world experience in high-skill professional fields. Ninety-seven percent of Oregon Tech students get jobs six months after graduation. More than 60 percent of Oregon Tech's students are transfer students, helping students continue their education pathway by giving them more career credentials, experience and flexibility, as well as higher earnings potential. FULL TEXT SPEECH PHOTOS VIDEO ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-15
    10 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown Delivers Keynote Address at Hillsboro High School Graduation
    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today gave a keynote speech to the 2018 senior class of Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) at their graduation ceremony. In the address, Governor Brown highlighted the importance of hands-on learning, which is a central focus of her Future Ready Oregon initiative. "Every student in Oregon deserves hands-on learning experiences. I am so pleased that you cross this stage tonight with marketable, in-demand skills and a plan to use them," said Governor Brown. "You will set out on different paths the moment you leave here today, and that is what makes our state such a rich and interesting place to live. We need all different skills and talents to make the Oregon of our future. "Future Ready Oregon arms students with the tools they need to graduate and get a good job. It also closes the skills gap between the skills Oregon's workforce has and the skills Oregon's growing businesses need to build the economy of the future. Hilhi has strong career-technical education (CTE) and other hands-on learning programs, including one of the state's only auto mechanics program, as well as horticulture, robotics, and a new bioscience program. The school is also committed to preparing students who have been historically underserved for these career opportunities. Hilhi saw a seven percent jump in its graduation rate between the 2016 and 2017 academic years, including an 11 percent gain among its Hispanic/Latino student population. FULL TEXT SPEECH PHOTOS ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-08
    11 months ago
  • Governor Kate Brown to Address Hillsboro High School Seniors at Graduation
    Brown to highlight the importance of her Future Ready Oregon Initiative and congratulate Hilhi graduates ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-06
    11 months ago
  • Governor Brown Calls on Local Governments to Use Comcast Property Tax Settlement to Pay Down Their PERS Obligations
    Governor Brown's resolution of long-running litigation brings one-time windfall and tax certainty to local governments ... read more
    Source: Oregon GovernorPublished on 2018-06-03
    11 months ago