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Governor Kitzhaber Expresses Disappointment in K-12 Budget Vote


Location: Salem, OR

Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement:

"It is extremely disappointing Senate Republicans have squandered an opportunity to stabilize school funding and bring relief to communities across the state. I'm also very disappointed in Senator Edwards. His home school district faces continued lay-offs and the loss of even more school days.

Kids have gone home for the summer, and school districts across the state face tremendous uncertainty. It's inexcusable that D.C.-like gamesmanship won out over Oregon common sense.

We are better than this -- and Oregonians expect more from a legislature that overcame partisanship in the last biennium. Our work is not yet done. Three weeks ago, I outlined a framework to secure cost savings and new revenue to significantly reinvest in education, end teacher layoffs, restore school days and avoid tuition increases. The Senate President and House Speaker both stepped up to compromise for the good of Oregonians. There's still time for Republicans to get serious about coming to agreement."

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