Education First, Good Jobs, Lower Costs

Press Release

By:  John Kitzhaber
Date: Nov. 30, 2012
Location: Salem, OR

Governor Kitzhaber today released his 2013-15 balanced budget, including $8 billion for education to put dollars back in the classroom, over $1 billion for core infrastructure investments to get Oregonians back to work, and major cost reduction initiatives to save taxpayer dollars. The Governor's budget priorities are focused on high leverage investments to rebuild a strong, secure middle class and expand economic opportunity for all Oregonians.

"Oregonians have clear priorities when it comes to state spending -- invest in children and education first; focus on job creation and innovation; and reduce the cost of government," said Governor Kitzhaber. "My budget delivers on those priorities."

The Governor's budget is first and foremost an education investment budget. It is based on the premise that Oregon must deliver better results for students and better prepare our workforce for the new economy to rebuild the a strong, secure middle class and restore our shared prosperity.