Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement upon the completion of the Oregon State Legislature's 2014 session:
"I'd like to congratulate the Oregon State Legislature on a productive session. After several years of transformative legislative packages, this year the Legislature focused on implementation and refinement of that work. They asked tough questions on how we can deliver for the people of Oregon. They re-balanced the budget, responding to changing conditions across the state while prioritizing services for Oregon's most vulnerable citizens. And they secured better accountability and oversight of Cover Oregon without sacrificing our deep commitment to quality, affordable health care.
"I came into this session with a goal to build on our efforts to streamline and improve our system of governance. I'm proud we did just that. We made critical progress on reforms in early childhood education and infrastructure investments. We passed legislation that continues our investment in economic and community development, aligning state programs with regional priorities. Our work this February will improve access to community college for low-income Oregonians, modernize Oregon's job training programs for workers, and maintain the market for renewable energy across the state.
"Above all, this session proves that Oregon's citizen-legislators may not agree on everything, but they remain committed to working together to find solutions that improve the lives of people across the state. This belief in a common purpose, this goal to finding the win in every conflict, is fundamental to what makes us Oregonians. This doesn't mean we win on every issue, but it does mean we consider every possible path to a shared victory.
"With the close of session, we will maintain our focus on pursuing a world-class system of public education, ensuring access to affordable, high-quality health care, and supporting family-wage jobs and an enduring prosperity that reaches every corner of the state."